Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked, according to the NHS.
It most often appears in children before their first birthday, but could also develop in later life.
Eczema symptoms vary between small patches of dry skin, and large areas of red and inflamed skin all over the body.
You can get rid of eczema symptoms by using a hemp hand cream, it’s been claimed.
Hemp cream may contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial in avoiding eczema symptoms, said medical website NetDoctor.
Some eczema patients often struggle to metabolise essential fats, including omega-3 fatty acids.
They’re needed to boost the overall health of the skin, as well as to reduce inflammation – a key cause of eczema, it said.
“While eczema can be persistent, it is possible to improve symptoms, and adapting your diet can make a huge difference for some people with the skin condition,” said NetDoctor.
“It is worth noting that people with eczema often have an altered ability to metabolise essential fats.
“Essential fats and in particular omega-3 fatty acids are required for skin health and for their roles in reducing inflammation.
“A hemp hand cream [containing omega-3 fatty acids] can also be useful for relieving symptoms.
“Primrose oil or borage oil may also reduce the itching associated with eczema.”
If you can’t find any hemp cream, you could also try using coconut oil to reduce your symptoms.
Coconut oil penetrates deep into the skin, while also rehydrating the dry skin around it.
It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, that are beneficial to patients, added nutritionist Yuri Elkaim.
There’s currently no cure for eczema, but treatments aim to reduce symptoms.
Some emollients and creams could be used to treat dry skin. Alternatively, a doctor may prescribe a topical corticosteroid cream to reduce swelling.
It’s crucial that patients avoid scratching, as it could damage the skin and make symptoms worse.
Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter treatments.