Eczema or Pseriasis

Updated on October 25, 2010
R.O. asks from Onalaska, WI
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I have a 10 month old that has very dry skin in the creeses of his arms and behind his legs. I am trying to find a home remedy cure...read that aloe vera works but I've been using Lanisoh (breast salve) and it seems to help for the day, but not to get rid of it. Any advice?

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A.L.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have eczema as do 2 of my children (one severely.) The best thing we have found is Eucerin cream. It comes in a tub and is not terribly cheap, but works! We apply it after bath to get the best effect. My one daughter gets her whole body covered with a nonscented lotion and then gets the Eucerin all over as well. My son just gets the Eucerin on the spots that crop up.

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T.A.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have tried Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. It is the baby section at Traget. After bathtime, I dry my daughter and then rub her down in the gel. You can pat a little of it off, but I usually just put her pj's on and after a couple of times her eczema spot has gone away. Hope this helps!

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S.E.

answers from Bismarck on

hi--we have good friends whose little boys have ezema--and they tried prescription medicine with not much help--and tried many other things--but had good results with just plain vaseline---that seemed to help the most----good luck--S.

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K.D.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have been dealing with Eczema for years and finally was introduced to this company that detoxes the body and since I have been using these products I haven't had anymore problems. The website to check out is dnrsite.com and if you want to call for free consultation the number is (317)
###-###-####. I have an associate number ###-###-####) to use if you decide to order online which will give you 20% off or if you'd like I am a distributor and I can place the order which sometimes I'm able to offer more than 20% off with extra discounts I am offered. Another important thing is the chemical in soaps causes skin issues also so a fragrant free soap would be recommended. Other ingredients in soaps that you want to look for that are hazardous to our bodies are propylene glycol,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS ) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate . Here's some information on these chemicals below:

Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to "foam up". Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.

SLS and SLES are esters of Sulphuric acid - SLS is also known as "Sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt", however there are over 150 different names by which it is known - see them here. In fact, SLES is commonly contaminated with dioxane, a known carcinogen.

Although SLES is somewhat less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and its effects are therefore much longer-lasting.

A report published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation. National Institutes of Health "Household Products Directory" of chemical ingredients lists over 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%, which the ACT report called "highly irritating and dangerous".

Shampoos are among the most frequently reported products to the FDA. Reports include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate.

So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?
The answer is simple - it is cheap. The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.

In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.

Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.

Ethylene glycol, is commonly used in acrylic paints, brake fluid, antifreeze, tile grout, primer, sealant paste, floor polish, tyre sealant and shoe polish. Oh yes.......and it's also used in some "smoothing lotions" and "firming moisturizer"!

Known health effects: throat irritation, headache, backache, kidney problems, oedema (swelling), necrosis (cell death). If swallowed, can cause drowsiness, and slurred speech, possibly stupor, vomiting, respiratory failure, coma, convulsions, and death
Found in: skin "firming" lotions.

Propylene Glycol

A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humescent, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage

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A.P.

answers from Milwaukee on

I would double check with your pediatrician if it is actually eczema, as that has an allergy component, thus there may be a trigger in your baby's diet or enviornment. My son has eczema..or should I say 'had'. We watch his new foods really closely and used California Baby 'Calming Cream'. They also make a formula with calendula, which is super healing. Both work incredibly and are free of allergens and nasty chemicals. Pricy but worth it. They have it at Whole Foods. Also, try not to let your baby soak in soapy water and apply the cream at least twice a day. Totally worked for us...FAST.

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J.R.

answers from Milwaukee on

I have had eczema for at least 10 years, mostly on my right hand and fingers and on the outside of my right leg just above the knee. I have tried many lotions, creams, prescriptions and had no long term relief --- until I tried a lotion called "Renew". You can only get it from Melaleuca, which is an online shopping club, promoting products that are nontoxic and noncaustic. It has been 15 months since I began using it and haven't had ANY breakouts. I've also changed all my household products over to using ones with no harsh chemicals/toxins. I believe that the combination of all this has been the reason I have had no breakouts. If you are using store-bought products, perhaps a change of detergents and cleaners that your child is exposed to could help. Good Luck!

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K.E.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hello R

Our older daughter used to have eczema. We switched to shopping with a company called Melaleuca about 3 years ago and the most incredible things began happening! We cleaned out our house of the chemicals and products with harsh preservatives. In addition to this, we started using a product from Melaleuca called Renew Lotion. Miriam's eczema symptoms were gone within a few days and have never returned. Because of our experience with this incredible product line, we now share the information with everyone we come in contact with. The best part is, besides the better health my family has seen, is the savings both in money and in time! I used to go to Target at least 6 times a month which translated into 2 hours with the kids for each trip. I now spend 5 minutes once a month shopping for all the essentials I was buying at Target!

I would love to talk with you on the phone and share this information with you and show you how to shop for wholesale higher quality natural products that are less than the products on the shelf at Target.

God Bless

K. Erickson
[email protected]____.com

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T.L.

answers from Minneapolis on

hi well, i started out with this rash when i was four yrs old,. mostly connected to eggs and orange juice, in whichinow being 37 yrs. have ignored this factor and still get bouts of it on my neck. i love eggs and cheese! my solutions, that calm and work, are a variety- i mostly shop only at the co-op natural food stores, and products i use are from there- the wedge, lakewinds, etc- 1) nonpetroleum jelly used for any dryness. however, sometimes too much makes an itch. 2)lately i appreciated burts bees, orange and honey(humectant) lotion, i got this at walgreens, but the co-ops will order anything you need and are very resourceful to customers.
another lighter cream is skin food- a green tube for healing stages and or not so inflamed. for itching thought at times, i really never found a cure. once the doc says there is no cure- well, im not a medication person at all, and the only item in my home is this prescibed cream from the doc for the itching, i use it sparingly and only when the itch is intolerable-(usually with stress) 3)after bathing, i like to put extra virgin olive oil immediately- and if dryness occurs later on, put the burts cream to soak in overnight or in day. oh and also, 4) soak babe in oat meal in the bath first. I did find the aloe works best for me in the summer really nice, yet and let air dry- so let my skin just drink it up. be careul of any additives in lotions this will irritate the skin- as i see you are looking for a home remedy. Great!

let me know if you need other advice.
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C.H.

answers from Fargo on

Hey there, know your problem. Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions, which are treatable. There is a product called Renew lotion from Melaleuca (The Wellness Company) that sells this lotion & it works wonders! If used consistently you will see results. It is totally safe for your child. Feel free to check out their web site at melaleuca.com & become 1 of their preferred customers & see the results for yourself. If interested in this company, please feel free to email me & can get you going. Trust me - this lotion is a life saver!!

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G.J.

answers from Minneapolis on

I'm sure you've already heard it-
Arbonne's ABC line is great for eczema for younguns.
I use it on my now 3yr. old who also suffers from bouts of eczema on the backs of his legs and behind the knees.
If you have any questions regarding the all natural products of Arbonne, email me, [email protected]____.com
check out the website at www.arbonne.com
I use the hair and body wash, and lotion, and vitamins for all 3 of my boys. and many other items for myself.
our doc. also suggested trying to cut out dairy for 2wks to see if it's a dairy allergy - try it, doesn't hurt.

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K.H.

answers from Bismarck on

You are not alone in this battle! I ahve a 10 mo. old also who suffers with the same trouble. We have tried everything incvluding prescriptions and what ever I can find over the counter. A nurse friend suggested trying a lotion called Renew sold by the Malaleuca company. I use it at least 2 times a day and it is amazing. It clears it up nicely. I also switched formula to soy and it might have helped a bit. I was told it is something that my son may deal with for years. The websight for this product is.... www.melaleuca.com
I also use their laundry detergent ( LOVE IT and it lasts forever) and baby bath soap. It really has made a huge difference.
I hope this is helpful.
K.
mom of 3 kids ( 6 1/2, 4, 10mo.)

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A.M.

answers from Janesville-Beloit on

Try Cetaphil cleasers and cream, it cleared up my son's keratosis pilaris (form of eczema) and it's super gentle. They sell it at Target.

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M.B.

answers from Sheboygan on

I have puchased lotion from a health and wellness store and the lotion I got from them works great for eczema and or psariosis. My eczema is gone completely. If you want to know more just let me know and maybe I can tell you more or email me. [email protected]____.com

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J.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

Our doctor recommended using that really heavy Eucerin cream that comes in a big jar. I find that helps. Otherwise, you might want to ask your pediatrician about using over-the-counter cream that stops itching. I've had eczema for years and now my son has it, but we use Eucerin cream.

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D.D.

answers from Minneapolis on

Try hydrocortisone ointment- it is available over the counter and safe enough to use every day.

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L.H.

answers from Milwaukee on

Watch what type of soap you use on him. Dove works well. Soaps that are free of dyes and perfumes. I used aquaphor on my child. I was told to use it right after bath when she was still wet/damp. Use cotton clothing not synthetics. Use dye free perfume free laundry detergent - no softeners. I hope this helps.

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S.H.

answers from Des Moines on

Cetaphil has worked for me and I use it on my boys. Hydrocortisone cream can be used on infants and is recommended for skin fold areas. That may be something to help your little man. With eczema though, you have to be diligent. Make Cetaphil a part of your daily routine. It is so much better to use it as preventitive than wait for the ugly and irritating redness to grab your attention.

A side note, my eczema is due to numerous allergies. Laundry detergents, soaps, fabrics, foods, and many other things also. By learning what I was allergic to, I have been able to take my eczema outbreaks down to a just few times a year.

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K.B.

answers from Grand Forks on

Our doctor just told us that our 5 month old has exzema. He said there is no cure, all we can do is treat the symptoms. He did say they often out grow it. We use regular petrolem jelly on the spots that out really bad. Also we were told to bath him daily and use lotion right after the bath for this we use we aquphor. He said to use hydrocortisone if those measures don't work. My husband also read that fish oil is suppose to help so I am taking a fish oil supplement (since my son is breast feeding he then gets it through my milk.) I haven't been doing that long enough to know if it works yet.

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A.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

You're going to want a product without mineral oil...so that it will soak into his skin. Arbonne makes some great baby products. The baby oil and body lotion used in combination WILL get rid of the dry, chapped skin!

Contact me if you'd like to know more about these products, or to order (or see my ad on the perks page). They have a 45 day money-back garantee if it doesn't heal his skin!

A.

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T.B.

answers from St. Cloud on

My daughter now 20 months has this same thing. Hers had spread all over when she was teething and had gotten sick. We originally used diaper rash cream since the area became so red, but it only worked for a short time. We are nowusing a prescription hydrocortisone cream and it is working great. Have you talked with your doctor about this?? Is he itching it at all? I hope you find something that works.

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P.B.

answers from Rapid City on

Hi my son also gets Eczema expecally durning the winter time.. I was told to rub on a lotion called Eucerin.. Its expensive but it is worth it... It gets rid of it but it will take awhile.. My husband has periasis and he normally takes oil bathes and that helps for abit..

Pam...

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J.M.

answers from Lincoln on

Try some aveeno baby lotion. That stuff works wonders.

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R.Z.

answers from St. Cloud on

My son since birth has had very dry skin and the only thing I could find that works is Eucerin Cream. Just put it in iften and alot at a time. Especially right after you give him a bath with in the first 5-10 minutes of getting him out. The other thing that has work for me is let the Doctor prescribe Elidel. It works great and the bottle seems to never empty because you are using so little.

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S.H.

answers from Green Bay on

Hi R O,
Products with tea tree oil are effective. Also check the water intake. I've used a product for years that is effective.
Best of luck,
S.

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T.S.

answers from St. Cloud on

My daughter had the same thing. Our pediatrician had us mix petroleum jelly and hydrocortison cream. She said to put it on the areas at night so it has time to soak in. It worked! She doesn't have anymore problems with eczema issues. I know this isn't a home remedy, but it really did help.
PS - don't overuse hydrocortison, only use on affected areas.

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J.F.

answers from Waterloo on

My neighbor's little girl is six and has eczema. They have been using Noxzema and say that it is very effective. Generally Noxzema is used as a face wash to help prevent acne, and is washed off. When they use it for treating eczema, they rub it into the skin and do not wash it off. Good luck.

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M.J.

answers from Janesville-Beloit on

My son who is now 7 have pseriasis on his head and tea tree oil clears it up completely. I would try using the tea tree oil in the bathtub and check into if their is a lotion that you can rub on the skin. Good Luck hope this works.

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A.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

My babies Dr. told me to try Vanicream. It is over the counter but they stock it at the pharmacy. So if you go to Target, stop by the pharmacy and ask for Vanicream. It has worked wonders for us!

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S.S.

answers from Memphis on

We purchase eczema cream from a lady in TN. Her email address is: kayesb1970 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

She accepts PayPal. The cream comes in 2oz containers and is $8.00 each. This stuff works great!

S.

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M.D.

answers from Sioux City on

We swear by Eucerine Cream/lotion at our house....it is a thick, heavy cream, but works wonders!! Good Luck!!

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S.C.

answers from Milwaukee on

HI
My daughter is 8 months and has eczema due to food allergies and i had called my sister in law for a home remedy. She said to give her a bath in epsom salt. You can find it at walgreens. She also said to use olive oil instead of lotions or cream. She gets eczema while she is pregnant and does this.

Unfortunately i didn't follow through with her advise. I had gotten a steroid cream from the dr. I put the steroid on the rought spot the first day and it was gone. I follow it up by using Aveeno Eczema Care Lotion found at Walgreens by the neosporin twice a day. It prevents me from using the steroid cream. The lotion is about $11

Good Luck! I have found at least for my daughter that baby oil is BAD it made her break out even worse.

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C.O.

answers from Minneapolis on

Try Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream. My daughter gets little rough patches on her arms, legs and cheeks and that stuff works really well. You can buy it almost anywhere, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Babies R Us. Here's a link to the company website: http://www.gentlenaturals.com/ I used it for my son when he was younger and still occasionally use it. I found it works better than lanolin cream.

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N.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi! You want to make sure you're using a product that does not have any mineral oil in it. Mineral oil coats the skin but doesn't absorb--it actually pulls moisture out. I've also found that eating flaxseed oil helps from the inside! Let me know if you'd like more info on the products that work for us.

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L.G.

answers from Minneapolis on

Omega three oils are very important. You can make freshly ground flax seeds (in coffee grinder) or use Carlson's lemon flavored cod liver oil. Make a paste out of the flax seeds and apply directly to skin.

Source: www.mercola.com

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N.V.

answers from Milwaukee on

I have a 4 month old with the same problem and I was told by my pediatrician to use Vaseline. You do not have to use a lot but reapply every diaper change and it should take care of it. It works for me.

Good Luck, N. V.

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T.J.

answers from Eau Claire on

Hi!

My daughter suffered from eczema on her back and what worked for me was gently exfoliating with a washcloth during a bath (take less baths by the way)and immediately putting a heavy, thick cream on. I use Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream (available at Wal-Mart by the diapers and baby stuff). You can talk to a doctor about putting on a cortisone cream (careful because it contains steroids). When my 15 month old breaks out and gets itchy, that's when I put on Cortisone and then the eczema cream. She gets lathered every day with thick cream to ward off dry skin. If your house is dry, you might want to try a humidifier as well.

I hope this helps!

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J.P.

answers from Appleton on

My son was an eczema baby. He is almost 2 1/2 and still gets it. He had what you are describing plus bad break outs on his face. The docotr did determine that he also had an allergy to milk products. By removing milk from his diet the breakouts were reduced tremendously. Instead of the Lanisoh, I would focus on a natural lotion, unscented. Scented lotions, soaps etc and an irritant to the skin. The breast salve is going to prevent his natural moisture to exist. I had attempted a product from Mary kay that was similar to the Lanisoh. Was told to stop immediately. I switched to Aveeno Natural or johnsons and Johnsons natural lotions. Seemed to help alot. Also keep in mind that the drier the air the worse it will be. Winter is especially harsh on the skin, summer is better. Consider adding a humidifier to his room. Eczema does often get better with age. However it still can pop up when you think it is really gone. Good luck.

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A.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

Eczema is usually not the type of thing thqat GOES away easily.... It usually is here for the duration of the winter. The furnace is a huge culprit, dry heat... I have three children and a husband all with exzema. As well as alot of my daycare children through the years have experienced it as well. One cream we have had great luck with is Euceren. Or Aquafor. BUT you need to be vigilant about putting it on, at least twice daily three times is even better. You need to stay ontop of the itch. If the itch gets unbarable you can use hydracortazone. use this only in spots not near the face.Another thing that works well is to give a bath , lightly towel dry the skin, and lather with lotion right away. believe it or not the peds doc told me that bathing daily actually hydates the skin instead of dehydrate it. Hope these tips help you out. The other thing I've been told is that to watch for future allergys to crop up and or aszma. I have always been told that eczma CAN coinside with the others. It has been correct with all three of my children . Good Luck

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K.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

I sell a lotion that has an exfoliate in it. My mom sold some to people at work and they said it took away their eczema. It's not proven from a dr. or anything like that. It works great on dry skin. I use it on my feet. It will peel the dry skin off. You may be able to find a similar one in a store. The one I have is made by Stanley Home Care Products. It is called Naturals Body Glow with Almond. You may be able to find it online. It's only around $5 a bottle.
Good luck!

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J.R.

answers from Minneapolis on

My children were over 1 year when each developed eczema. We started daily baths using Cetaphil "soap" and followed by the Cetaphil lotion after they were out of the tub. My doctor recommended it. It allowed us to reduce the use the prescription creams.

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M.A.

answers from Minneapolis on

We are also dealing with Eczema in our 7 mo old and it has been a struggle to find something that works. It sounds like yours it pretty mild and more on the dry skin side of life. I have tried a number of different lotions to get my little one's under control (it turns out it is made worse by a gluten intolerance). But here are some of the top creams/ointments I have found. My dermatologist recommended Elta (you can get it at Walgreens but need to request it) and that works pretty well. I have also used the Avalon diaper ointment, renew, aquafor, and aveno (specifically for eczema). They all work but you do have to keep applying. I just found the usf ointment from Standard Process that does wonders! After putting it on before bed, his skin was still moist the next morning. None of the others did that, and it smells nice... not scented, but beeswax is an ingredient so it smells just a little sweet. Also I have found that it really helps to put on the cream immediately after a bath to keep that bath moisture.
Good luck!

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C.G.

answers from Milwaukee on

Essential oils are a great way to treat problems the natural way. Being in the sun will often help with the problem but them you have to worry about skin cancer! Omega3's and fatty acid reduce Inflammation in Psoriasis. This means eating cold water fish 3x a week or Flaxseed oil daily (ask doctor or people in the vitamin business how much. Chamomile is both cleansing and cooling and acts like a antihistamine, apply a cream containing this 3x daily. May have to make your own. Eczema has two kinds (dry,weeping) essential oils for dry are Chamomile,Geramium and Patchouli you can put in bath, massage, compress, lotion or cream. Weeping use bergamot, juniper, and melissa in bath, compress, lotion, or cream. If you are interested in these suggestions I would get a book on essential oils and do some research you can use them from anything from colds, diaper rash, sunburn etc. Alway do research for recommended amount for young children and never put 100% essential oil directly on skin! Always dilute with a base oil. Aloe vera will soothe but does not have anti-bacterial properties.

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A.E.

answers from Lincoln on

dear RO,
My daughter had eczema when she was a baby and still has occassions when she gets it. I don't know of any "home" remedys, but I used a lotion called Eucerin. It is unscented and has a greasy feel to it, but we have always had good luck with it. Bathe as little as possible when they have a case of eczema and when you get them out of the tub lather them with the lotion generously and put the lotion on at least twice a day.
When it was really bad there is a non-steroid cream that we have also used and we use very little at a time and usually one treatment of the cream is all it would take. It is a perscription so you would need to talk to your pediatrition...the names I have are Elidel and Elocon.
My daughter is 9 now and for the most part has grown out of it, but every once in a while she has a flair-up and the minute we see the bumps appearing we put a lot of lotion on and that usually takes care of it.
Good luck.
A.

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J.W.

answers from Bismarck on

Something I discovered a while back when my daughter was a baby suffering with Eczema and that dry skin was to change the product I used to wash her with to Paul Mitchell's Baby Don't Cry shampoo. Some shampoo's work great as a body cleanser and the Paul Mitchell line of baby products are gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. As for myself, if I have an outbreak I use Head and Shoulders on the effected area and boom, it clears up without a hitch.

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A.F.

answers from St. Cloud on

Evening Primrose Creme by Burt's Bees. My mom actually cured her psoriasis with this after 10+ years of doctor's treatments. It is wonderful and works quickly. I think you can find it at Walgreens??? I buy it from a grocery store of all places! It's about 13 dollars a jar.

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R.C.

answers from Sioux City on

The least irritating cleanser I've found is Cetaphil, and we've used the moisturizing lotion too. The dermatologist says there is no real cure for it (other than that some kids grow out of it) but there are medications that can help get it under control. I'd suggest you at least talk to a dermatologist (rather than general practitioner) for suggestions; my son got that so bad he'd have bleeding cracks in the skin of his joints and behind his ears. I felt much better giving him medicine that worked than continually rubbing in ointments that only made him cry. :(

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C.R.

answers from Cedar Rapids on

Hello, my daughter has eczema and my doctor concocted a lotion for her that works really good. The base is "gloves in a bottle" lotion (8 oz) and generic lotrisone (1 oz). It has been amazing. It cleared it up and I use it when she starts feeling itchy or red or I see it coming and it takes it right away. We do get this through prescription but if you can get the lotrisone you could probably do it yourself with the gloves in a bottle lotion.

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S.G.

answers from Appleton on

My son had eczema over most of his body. We keep it under control using Complete Greens - available from a friend of mine at www.cbalbright.unfranchise.com. It is a powder that tastes good mixed with orange juice. After about 3 days, my son's skin is perfect. When we forget to use Complete Greens, the redness comes back behind his knees and the inside of his elbows. Then, we use Aquaphor - he calls it "soft stuff". Anything else burns his skin - even Aloe gel.

Good luck!

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J.R.

answers from Appleton on

I don't have any answers for you about the situation, but what you described does not sound like psoriasis. My dad had it, and the patches affected were in large skin areas instead of the creases. If you are really concerned, check with a dermatologist and go from there.

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N.P.

answers from Minneapolis on

Emu oil works great for all sorts of things. You can find it most health food stores or online. I had shingles a couple of weeks ago. It's supposed to last for 3 or more weeks. I used the emu oil and it was gone in a matter of days.

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A.H.

answers from Cedar Rapids on

My daughter had eczema as a toddler also...here's what I would suggest:

1. Use a color free/scent free laundry detergent.
2. Use a minimal amount of a mild bath soap (Aveeno or Cetaphil are great)
3. Immediately after getting out of the bath apply a liberal amount of lotion. I recommend Cetaphil (or it's generic equivalent works just as well)
4. For areas with a flare-up going on, you can hold a cool moist washcloth on the skin in that area for a while, follow up with lotion or (even better) Cetaphil cream (or its generic equivalent.) It's pricier than the lotion, but worth it.
5. If none of this works, you can try an over the counter hydrocorisone cream. If you are not comfortable with this or it still isn't doing the trick, then ask your doctor about it at your next visit.

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A.L.

answers from Green Bay on

Look into anti-fungal cream or anti-yeast hydrocordizone(sp). Some rashes are caused by fungus or yeast. Maybe run these possiblities your peditrician.

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B.G.

answers from Des Moines on

My nephew just began getting eczema and were told to stop all dairy. The eczema is already going away! Dairy has a lot of adverse effects that people don't realize and dry skin and rashes are one of them. Maybe give that a try!

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M.W.

answers from Des Moines on

My son has pretty bad eczema and we've always given him a bath and then just patted him dry and slathered him with Aquaphor. Our doctor told us to apply the Aquaphor within about three minutes of getting him out of the tub. The moisture on their skin after bath time helps "lock" in the Aquaphor. It has really helped, he rarely has dry skin anymore!

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B.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

I like Aquaphor for very severe dry skin-it is a great product to have in your medicine cabinet.

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C.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

My daughter had the same sort of thing. We used a bunch of creams and the only one that worked for her was Eucerin, but like you said it only worked when it was on her. We started to notice that she was having stomach aches, so we took away the dairy products and both the stomach aches and the exczema went away. I have a friend that did the same thing when her daughter's skin wouldn't get better and it worked for her as well.

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C.B.

answers from Des Moines on

I have twin 7yr old boys with eczema. I have been using Arbonne products for about 3yrs now and it is wonderful. They very rarely get dry patches anymore. I use the abc(baby care) products everyday. They use the hair and body wash as their only soap, then I use the lotion, and if they get a inflamation I use the oil on the patch. I no longer use steroid creams. If you would like a sample I would be more than happy to send you one. [email protected]____.com

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K.S.

answers from Rochester on

I have eczema and use Aveno Naturals body wash. It really helps, as it is fragrance free and free of harsh chemicals. I also use Robathol by Vanicream (it's a cottonseed bath oil) that you either put a few drops in the tub or use it like a body wash in the shower and then rinse. I follow up with Vanicream lotion. That combination has solved all of the skin problems I have. The Vanicream line is great- it's derm recommended and has no harsh chemicals, fragrances or dyes.

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A.S.

answers from Wausau on

Hello!

I have twin daughters that suffered from moderate/severe eczema from birth. We went the dermatologist route, he prescribed a steroid cream that I wasn't very comfortable using on a daily basis on babies so I did the same thing you are doing. I looked for and found a non "medical" remedy for their condition. For my girls I found the the absolute best thing to put on their skin is 100% pure shea butter. It worked better than anything else I tried, including Eucerine. I found the shea butter products sold in most retail stores (Bath & Body, health food stores,etc.) contain too many perfumes and addatives so they are more irritating to the skin. I found 100% pure refined shea butter in bulk on EBay. The price was MUCH better than retail prices also. If you go that route, make sure you dont buy raw shea butter though. I did that once and it is very messy - the raw stuff is unfiltered so it comes right to you from the tree, dirt, and all! Messy!
The best tip I did get from the dermatologist is that any cream you use must be applied within 90 seconds of the child being removed from the bath tub. Otherwise the skin doesn't absorb the cream and it really doesn't do much good to apply the cream at all. My daughters are now 7 and have outgrown the eczema almost 100%.
Good Luck to you and your son!

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C.E.

answers from Minneapolis on

I had/have the small problem with my daughter. Eczema and psoriasis runs in my family so she has it extremely bad and the changes of the weather doesnt help either. Try to keep him cool and dry at all times, the rashes are mostly due to heat and sweating. What I use is a soap that can be bought at Sam's Club (2/20 oz for ~ $17) by the name of Cetaphil as well as they have the lotion (2/20 oz for ~ $13). I know pricy but its worth it. You can check out the product online. I know when I first visited my daughter's doctor, he gave us about a 3 month supply of samples.

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M.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

My oldest doesn't have eczema but he has VERY dry skin on his legs and cheeks. I second using Eucerin. Target has a generic brand that works just as well.

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K.S.

answers from Duluth on

Hey! I don't have a home remedy, but I have an 11 month old that suffers from the same thing. We finally went to the dermatologist and he gave us a steroid cream that has taken care of it, however, when it comes back we use Eucerin Creme also, like several other have suggested, along with oatmeal baths to help with the itching. Our pediatrition also suggested using Benadryl at night because my daughter would lay awake scratching. We also use Seventh Generation laundry detergent and always do an extra rinse... I have found that the laundry detergent that we use can irritate my daughter's skin more.

Good luck! Skin battles are so hard, especially when it's a baby.

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C.M.

answers from Milwaukee on

I too have a child with dry skin and have found triple cream works well on her skin. It is by the same mnakers as triple paste diaper cream and is new on the market. I found it at target. Hope this helps! C.

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R.M.

answers from Omaha on

Hi RO,

I am an independent consultante for Arbonne and they have a phenominal baby line that helps with eczema - all of their products are PH balanced and botanically based. My daughter and son both have sensitive skin and have had several dry patches, I tried the product and within 3 days my daughters skin was clear again and no more bumps or dry patches. I even know a few pediatricians recommend the product. If you would like to try some, please contact me, it is not a home remedy, but we have a 45 day $ back guarantee, so you are not out anything if the products do not work. It is worth a shot!

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to give it a try - thanks R.
[email protected]____.com

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K.B.

answers from Rapid City on

Have you tried Weleda? It's a thick cream with calendula oil and is often sold at health food stores. There is a baby forumula (orange tube)and a much thicker version, Skin Food, (green tube). I use the baby formula on my kids as a regular lotion to keep their skin hydrated and resort to it for myself when I have very dry skin (I should use it all the time!).

Good luck!

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M.F.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi,
I have a daughter that has had eczema since she was very young as well. The only way to get rid of it is with a steroid cream or direct sunlight. It always goes away in the summer when exposed to the sun but in the winter months it is horrible. I have to tell you, I prefer all natural methods when at all possible but this is one instance when a 2% steroid cream ordered by an MD is the only way to control it. I am a nurse and I am also a Naturopath, so you can understand why I prefer the natural means whenever possible. If I can be of any other help don't hesitate to contact me.
Please be careful with oils and herbs at this age as they can be dangerous. If allergies run in your family you could be causing more harm than good to your baby. Consult with a professional.

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A.M.

answers from Minneapolis on

Eucerin cream works wonders, although it isn't really a "home remedy." It's pretty pricey as well, but I've learned that if you just use it on the specific parts that need it, it can last.

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L.V.

answers from Sioux Falls on

http://www.chickweedhealingsalve.com/

Try chickweed healing salve. Above is a link. I used it on all three of my kids for diaper rash and I still use it on my son's face for his exzema. It works wonders on all sorts of skin conditions.

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