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Eczema explained.

by Dr Harley Farmer

It’s nice to be in good company and confusion over eczema allows that. Medical advice centres on how to manage eczema which leads people to believing eczema can’t be cured. In fact the vast majority of people who ever had eczema cured it; their eczema ended and never returned. Ample grounds for confusion, wouldn’t you agree? If you feel confused you’re in good company with those who seek complexities in eczema. Seeking complexity is one way of approaching eczema. Seeking simplicity i...

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Our Skin is Amazing

by Dr Harley Farmer

Human skin is has many functions, including to: hold us in as a form of packagingregulate our internal temperaturedistinguish ethnic originsprotect against dangerous sun raysprovide tactile sensesbe an outer defence against traumaexcrete unwanted chemicalskeep out bacteria and other microbesreplace itself every month. That’s an amazing list for one organ! It achieves all that by having a fascinating anatomy; a collection of parts which work in beautiful harmony. You can view skin as being incr...

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Jenna’s path to eczema freedom

by Dr Harley Farmer

“How long will it take to end eczema?” is a question I’m asked. Like any journey, it depends on where you start. Two-year-old Jenna was in a bad place when her mum Sapna chose to start her on our path. The eczema was very established and one elbow was infected. Sapna has given permission for this to be shared as it’s such a wonderful success story. The happy ending is great and this post is written to show how rough the path was and what support was provided.To help describe the journey I’ll sh...

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The Power of Patience

by Dr Harley Farmer

“I want it now!” is a favourite demand of children. My parents raised me as one of five boys teaching us there was always a choice: If you want it that badly you can earn it.If you don’t want to earn it you don’t want it that badly, do you? That was fine in outback Australia fifty years ago as we didn’t know what was available to the rest of the world. What do parents do now in this time of instant gratification? The internet gives their children access to innumerable choices and the rate of...

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Eczema: cure or end?

by Dr Harley Farmer

What’s in a word? Depending on who you speak to  eczema is a mild nuisance or a prelude to life threatening sepsis. That’s a massive variation for one word. Now try two words; cure and end. To offer a “cure” using a product means a medical claim which requires the product to be registered as a medicine. Consider the huge amount Pfizer is investing to register it’s crisaborole topical ointment. It’s a new drug that reduces the inflammation in eczema. Pfizer will want a comme...

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The joy of ending eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

The joy of eczema … comes in ending it. How do you achieve that joy? First you come to understand eczema which is a huge achievement in itself. We help you there. Then you take action which allows the skin to heal itself. You know you’ve achieved success when you revel in the joy of ending eczema and want to share it with the many other people who dream of the same. My purpose in life is to create happiness through healthy skin. Scepticism is the usual response so this is a great time t...

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Time away from eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

Time away from eczema is something many parents tell me they crave. Their child became trapped in the eczema cycle and despite valiant efforts they can’t escape. Yesterday I spent a happy sunny day in Halifax, Yorkshire, assisting the RSPCA with their K9 Party in the Park. For many years the local RSPCA branch has relied on our disinfectants to keep their premises safe for the animals they rescue. We share the value of prevention. My veterinary qualifications make it logical that I would b...

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Washing babies and eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

It’s wonderful how every baby is a different individual. Yet people give advice on how to wash babies without explaining how to address this beautiful variety. The perfect way to wash one baby will be exactly the wrong thing to do for another. Skin has a special layer called the Skin Barrier which controls how much water leaves the skin. When the Skin Barrier is damaged more water gets out and the skin goes dry. Once the skin is dry you have a choice: stop causing the damage to the...

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Diet and eczema.

by Dr Harley Farmer

How can something that’s swallowed affect the skin? To help someone with that question I suggest that if something swallowed induces a skin reaction then avoid swallowing it. The skin can become reddened within minutes of swallowing something unfavourable. Precisely how that happens is complicated so I prefer to simply offer one of my favourite phrases: If the skin does not like it, the skin does not like it. One mother was really confused when her baby turned bright red minutes after being f...

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Why does the immune system react against skin in eczema?

by Dr Harley Farmer

Why does the immune system react against skin in eczema?  It’s a fair question as the red, itchy, inflammation of eczema is obviously an immune reaction and it’s definitely in the skin. It’s worth considering a fact on the way to answering the question.  The immune system develops a ‘memory’ and once it has learned to react against something you can expect it to keep doing that. If the immune system is reacting against the skin it will continue to do so. Yet two relevant points come...

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“How can you end eczema when others can’t?”

by Dr Harley Farmer

I’m often asked the question: “How can you end eczema when others can’t?” I really like the question as it reveals a desire to learn. In previous years I was more used to hearing the aggressive statement: “Others can’t end eczema so neither can you!” It’s good that we’ve progressed from the negative statement to the probing question, isn’t it? I’m certainly not alone in ending eczema so who else in being successful? The vast majority of children who ever had eczema grew out of it and went o...

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Buried non-secrets

by Dr Harley Farmer

Roman writing tablets buried for two thousand years under London confirm a non-secret we always suspected. As Jack Malvern said today in The Times “Roman writing tablets show that London was a place of disreputable traders, financiers with poor judgement and beer lovers. How things change.” Less than a decade ago the financiers operating just above the mud which preserved the writing tablets showed what poor judgement can still achieve. The 2008 financial collapse was predicted by tho...

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