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Extremely Itchy Everywhere!

So I do have eczema, and am on Allegra D and have Triamcinolone to put on, but it isn't working. I am so itchy and so dry that even my nipples are flaking and I don't nurse anymore. I have red super itchy patches on my back, and stratch my scalp like crazy every night. I have tried for my scalp T-gel and moisturizing shampoos, but nothing is making it better. When I shower, I take warm showers, no longer than 5 min and soap up, don't wash my hair more than 3 times a week. I lotion up every day, have tried eucerin lotion and cream, lubriderm, and am currently using a clinical strength vaseline lotion with no results. I am allergic to scented lotions, and have avoided them at all costs. I am just really sick of having to take off my bra as soon as I can cuz I itch so bad and constantly lotioning up my chest and having my husband lotion my back. PLEASE I need as much help as possible!

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Hi J., my little cousin had eczema really bad and she would mix cortizone cream with the eucerin, well it looks like a jelly and it's in a plastic jar with a blue top. That's really cleared his up. I use Aveeno's Baby lotion for eczema, it works really well if you use it everyday. As one person suggested, it could be because you are pregnant, some women get really itchy, I would talk to the doctor about it. Hope this helps.

Hi J.
So sorry you are having to go thru this- I know it must be miserable but there is something that I know of that has been hospital tested and proven to even totally get rid of this sort of issue- It is not expensive but cannob be bought over the counter and is not RX- PM me and I will give you more details. Not selling you anything just want to give you the information.
Good Luck
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I would do some internet research on diet and it's affect on ecsema. My nieces have it pretty bad but have been able to get it under control with diet changes. Sugar it one of the culprits that exacerbates it. Here's one website to try:

http://blog.worldvillage.com/health/eczema_and_diet.html

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Hi J., This must be so uncomfortable and I'm so sorry you are having to deal with the problem. Along with all of the suggestions others have provided, I recommend drinking tons and tons of water. At least 64 oz!!! A bit more would be even better. I would certainly see a dermatologist right away but I would also see someone who specializes in the immune system. I had chronic urticaria (chronic hives) for 4 years. So, I know what you are going through them. I had them every single day. After years of hearing, it's your immune system causing this and we can only treat the symptoms, I found Dr. Kendall Stewart. It is his belief that it is definitely the immune system that causes these crazy symptoms. He will do extensive testing to find out if something could be going on inside (deficiencies, etc.), then treats it so your immune system is not comprimised. Lastly, he also believes viruses we have had in the past get trapped in the cells of our bodies. They are always there and our immune system often has to fight them again and again when our body is stressed. It's over my head and very scientific but after being skeptical, I definitely trust him and his methods. It worked for me! He's a real doctor, not some quack. He is a neurologist and ENT. Years back, he developed an interest in things like vertigo, chronic migranes, kids with Autism and SPD, etc. ...but I believe he will treat anything related to the immune system (he did for me). If you don't get relief from the dermatologist, I think you should go see him. Especially if this is becoming a chronic problem.

GO TO THE DOCTOR!!! Why are you making yourself suffer?! There is nothing that any of us can tell you that will really do the trick. Go see a dermatologist and let him give you some good stuff to not just make it feel a little better - but to make it STOP!!!

Hi J.: I didn't see this mentioned previously even though you got a number of responses already...

It could be PUPPP: pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) or polymorphic eruption of pregnancy... or prurigo of pregnancy. On a rarer level, I have a friend who was so itchy during her pregnancy... Her doctor kept dismissing her complaints. Turns out her kidneys (maybe it was her liver) wasn't processing all the wastes as efficiently and the build up was making her skin itch... So you definitely want to mention this to your OB.

Hope you feel better!

Below are some tips from the Baby Center:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_itchy-skin-during-pregnancy_9...

Is it normal to feel itchy during pregnancy?

It's not uncommon to feel itchy, particularly around your growing belly and breasts as your skin stretches to accommodate them. Hormonal changes may also be partly to blame.

Some pregnant women find that their palms and the soles of their feet get red and sometimes itchy. This common condition may be caused by an increase in estrogen. It usually disappears right after delivery.

You may also find that things that normally make you itchy — dry skin, eczema, food allergies — make you even itchier when you're pregnant. Finally, there are certain conditions that occur during pregnancy that may cause you to feel itchy.

How can I get relief from the itching?
Avoid hot showers and baths, which can dry out your skin and make the itching worse. Use mild soap and be sure to rinse it off well and towel off lightly. Then slather on an unscented moisturizer — some scents can cause irritation.

Try an occasional warm oatmeal bath. (You can buy oatmeal bath preparations in drugstores.) Wear loose cotton clothing and avoid going out in the heat of the day, since heat can intensify the itching.

try an oatmeal bath. cut the end off of some panty hose and put about a cup of oatmeal, minute oats, in the hose and tie it off. you can squeeze this over your skin or rub softly on your skin. it has helped my son's skin when his eczema is flaired up. best wishes to you.

Our son has really bad eczema. His allergy specialist recommended Cera-Vae. You can only get it at Walgreens and it is about $15 for the tub of cream (what I recommend). They have a lotion (not as good as the cream) and a cleanser I have never used. One tub of cream will last us about 2 months with my son being the only one using it...so the cost is not that bad. I have even stopped using his Triamciclone prescription cream (not sure that is spelled right) on a daily basis.

I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone that has eczema!

Hi J.,
With all honesty I would think about seeing an allergist. Having blood drawn is the best way I think. Have them test it for everything. Sometimes mom's may develope an allergy after childbrith with the change in hormones and what not it might be worth looking into.

Definately do all that you can to keep yourself moisturized. Drink alot of water too! Vaseline is a great moisturizer. I went through what I call pure hell for almost a year with my little girl who is now 8. It was the worst year out of all my 20 years of being a mom. After dermatologist, after dermatoligist, thousands (yes thousands) of dollars on ointment, allergy pills etc...we found out she was allergic to tree nuts (100%) and eggs!!

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Hi J., my little cousin had eczema really bad and she would mix cortizone cream with the eucerin, well it looks like a jelly and it's in a plastic jar with a blue top. That's really cleared his up. I use Aveeno's Baby lotion for eczema, it works really well if you use it everyday. As one person suggested, it could be because you are pregnant, some women get really itchy, I would talk to the doctor about it. Hope this helps.

As other posters have mentioned, make sure you are well-hydrated. I went to my doc for allergy problems (both respiratory and also manifesting in skin irritation) and part of his diagnosis had to do with my being dehydrated, which will make allergic reations worse. I began to focus on fluids, and am now feeling much better. My main problem right now is cedar pollen, and I recently started taking flonase and allegra. Another possibility is that you are allergic to the chemicals in your household cleaners and laundry products. I switched out all my cleaners and personal care products a couple years ago with more natural, eco-friendly products (got rid of bleach, ammonia, phosphates, etc...) and my whole family has fewer allergy problems. I have been saving money too, ever since I found a one-stop shop for all my green-product needs. I always thought that "going green" had to be expensive, but I was wrong! The lotion I use is wonderful - clinically proven better than Eucerin. As far as hydrating, I found a sports drink that tastes better than Gatorade and contains half the calories and twice the electrolytes... awesome!

Do you have a Whole Foods by you, or a natural health store? If you have Whole Foods, go and get shae butter soaps, "try Egyptian Magic", it is a salve of sorts and it is AWESOME! You might try coconut Skin Trip too, they have lotion and soap. My husband AND daughter both have it and this works for them. What detergent do you use. Try free and clear! Good luck!

Hi J.,
Wow I can't even begin to imagine how you feel. For the past 9 months I have been using these awesome all natural products and I absolutely love them. I have been able to get the toxins out of my home, protect my family's health and the environment. My sister and one of my good friends have kids that suffer from eczema and ever since they switched laundry detergent and lotion, no more eczema. If you would like to hear more about these products and where you can get them please contact me. Have a great day.

my niece has it really bad too i know of some products that can help if you like starts the skin to heal rather then cover it up to know write me back
good luck

Hi J.,
You don't mention going to a doctor. You are best to see a dermatologist. I'd recommend sooner than later. I have a dear friend in the same situation and she has had a cortizone shot, it gave a little relief but she is back doing blood work and getting another treatment now. I'm not sure what that is but I saw her welts and they are considerably better. You should also google it and read what you can. You need relief! G0od luck

I don't know about Allegra, but Claritin dries up EVERY part of my body, not just my nose. My skin gets very dry and itchy because of it. I had a facial last fall and I was a little sniffly. She asked what I was taking and made the comment about allergy meds showing on your skin because of it drying out.

aquaphor for your skin my little one and i have eczema and it works great and you can buy it at almost any store

as much sun as possible will help. at least 10 minutes a day on infected areas and you'll see lots of improvement.

I would do some internet research on diet and it's affect on ecsema. My nieces have it pretty bad but have been able to get it under control with diet changes. Sugar it one of the culprits that exacerbates it. Here's one website to try:

http://blog.worldvillage.com/health/eczema_and_diet.html

Hi J.,
I know how crazy it can make you when you itch all over. I had a horrible rash as a reactions to pain medications after the birth of my twin boys. The rash lasted for three weeks after I quit taking the medication and I itched everywhere. It was miserable and I can only imagine what you are going through! I have a friend whose son had extremely bad excema and what the doctors prescribed for him only kept it at bay. About a year ago, she got the chemicals out of her home by replacing all of her cleaning products, personal care products, and laundry care products with all natural products. She basically switched where she shopped and found a company that makes those types of products and is able to offer great prices on them too. Her son's excema was completely gone in four days! No more itching for the little guy. And he has been excema free for a year now! She doesn't use any of the prescriptions that her doctor had suggested, because she doesn't need to. She told me that she saves at ton each month now because she doesn't have to take him to the doctor and get prescriptions anymore. I don't know if this will help, but I'm sure you would take any suggestions in the search of finding relief. If you would like, email me and I will get you connected with my friend. You could pick her brain; she wouldn't mind.
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White vinegar. Warm it and rinse with it. Air dry. Rinse. Moisture barrier (almond, olive, grape seed, sunflower, edible oil of your choice.

I lnow you said you have tried Eucerin but thatit what I use for my son's eczema. We use the EUCERIN CALMING CREME.
It is made to stop iching.
It wiorks for him.
Also , have you gone to a dermatologist?
They can prescribe an ointment for you.

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Hi J., I empathize with you! I've dealt with bad allergies all my life but amazingly I'm still learning (after 50 years!). I used to have really bad eczema when I was a child. I did the allergy shot thing and as I grew older I seemed to grow out of a lot of it. However, over the past couple of years things have started to get bad again. The eczema started on my hands and went to my face. My doctor would just recommend expensive creams/ointments to use but they didn't help but just got worse and embarrassing. After lots of money spent with no relief (I had other health issues also) I finally ditched my doctors and went to an acupuncturist. Over the course of working on my other health issues I mentioned that I thought I might be allergic to wheat because of the way my stomach felt after I ate anything made with wheat. I did a 24-hours saliva test and found out I was gluten-intolerant (allergic to wheat and other gluten grains), allergic to milk, and borderline sensitive to soy. Two weeks after going without glutin grains and milk my eczema cleared up! I would definitely recommend getting tested for food allergies! Unfortunately wheat is in almost everything and you have to read the ingredients and look for not only wheat but modified food starch and other names that may mask the wheat content. Hopefully you're not gluten-sensitive but there are other foods which may be causing this that are easier to avoid. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Hi J.
So sorry you are having to go thru this- I know it must be miserable but there is something that I know of that has been hospital tested and proven to even totally get rid of this sort of issue- It is not expensive but cannob be bought over the counter and is not RX- PM me and I will give you more details. Not selling you anything just want to give you the information.
Good Luck
Blessings

Sorry, you must be absolutely miserable!!

I don't know if this can help because I take it mainly for dry eyes. I once went to a dermatologist thinking I must have scabies or something because I felt like pins were pricking me all the time. Turns out it was just dry skin. It sounds like you are doing all I was told to do; however, my eye's are so dry (from eye surgery)they are miserable, even when I try to sleep. Friends recommended trying flax seed oil along with my regular vitamins and fish oil. I can tell when I when start slacking off because my eye's start hurting all over again. It is good for you and I don't think it could hurt to try (except better make sure with your OB-GYN). I also have to drink lots and lots of water to keep my eye's moist. Water and flax seed oil were essential to hydrating my eye's.

But, back to what I learned from the dermatologist...I'm sure you already know to stay away from deoderant soaps as they dry the skin. I was given a list of soaps and lotions to use, but I didn't recognize most of them except Dove soap. The dermatologist recommended a warm (not hot) shower and patting dry (rubbing dries the skin) and applying lotion before the moisture can evaporate from the skin. I use Lubriderm, although there were other lotions on the list, but like I said, most I didn't recognize. The clinical vaseline lotion you use may be excellant and very acceptable, but I do remember that regular Valseline Intensive Care was not on the list.

I do not know anything about eczema or Triamcinolone, but the Allegra D is a decongestant and would cause you to dry out.
I hope you are able to quickly find the relief you need!

Vicki

Have you tried seeing a naturopath or chiropractor? I realize a lot of people are against alternative therapies, but I am amazed at the things that have gotten better for me- especially allergy-wise (eczema is an allergy-related issue). I had awfully dry, sensitive skin, but no more (not to mention countless other issues)!

I have seen an allergist in the past and just spent tons of money becoming more miserable with daily shots that were supposed to boost my immune system against the allergens. They didn't help a bit! The naturopath or the type of chirpractor I see is non-invasive (no bone-cracking) and both allow your body to return to its natural rhythms and heal itself.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like more info.

Carolyn S has the right idea with going green, no perfumes, phosphates, or bleach. I like to use Melaleuca (M.O.B.), 7th generation, borax, lemon, baking soda and vinegar. The skin is the largest eliminating organ that the body has and it is trying to release toxins. It is best to do it from the inside out: filtered or reverse osmosis water, fruits and veggies (avoid high fructose corn syrup, MSG, HVP, canned, dairy (www.notmilk.com), gluten). I use Nikken (M.O.B.) water filters for drinking and shower. I also avoid products I put on my skin that have parabens, lanolin, propylene glycol, alcohol, petrochemicals (petroleum jelly), lauryl sulfates, FD&C colors, perfume, and anything that has initials (never a good sign). All of those are skin irritants and if you checkout the products you are using you will find them in there. My favorite products are Aubrey, Avalon, Dr. Bronner's (checkout www.luckyvitamin.com). They are organic and great for babies. Also, a great thing to use on skin is organic coconut oil. Since they are usually affected by the same products that you are. I hope this helps.
P.S. please checkout www.mybiopro.com/claudia13 (learn how to protect your children from cell phone radiation & EMFs), There is great info on the i-water system, I love mine.

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