HELP! I Have Eczema

Updated on February 25, 2008
B.F. asks from Spur, TX
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I was diagnosed last summer with eczema. I have breakouts on my legs and under arms. I have been using a steroid cream for 8 months. It controls the symptoms but I don't want to keep using it due to the side effects. Has anyone else had this condition? And what other alternatives can I use to keep it under control. I already use soaps without dyes or fragrances. I use Cetaphil lotion. I am open to any suggestions. Thanks!

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K.N.

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B. I know of the perfect product. Have you heard of Melaleuca? They have a lotion called Renew..., I use it for my hands..I get it bad. My neighbor uses it on her 2yr old daughter and has absolutely been pleased. They even have the bath oil. Email me and I can get you some more information! Great Stuff!
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S.H.

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Hi B.,
I have a suggestion for you, there is a product called FREEDERM- they have a special allthe time for their products and I guarantee that this cream works, I myself have eczema, as well as my now 21 year old daughter- we both love these products, they have soap-lotion and cream for the eczema, look on line and see what you think, let me know how it works for you, and bless you-( the daughter that has eczema is a twin her sister-twin- is studying to be a nurse- just thought that this was another connection to share! - I have 4 daughters 25- twins 21 and a nine year old- the twins go to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton Texas. okay enough for now-

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M.S.

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hi B.. My daughter had Eczema and we could not find anything to help we went to the DErma and they gave her a steriod cream for it. then we went to a different Derma and they told me to try Blue Lizard Sorbolene Cream and every since she no longer has had a break out. you can use it daily like a lotion and it works wonderful. it also works great on sunburns we use this for everything you can do a search on the net and ordered it from one of the sellers. i have not found it sold in store locally and it is cheaper on the net then at the derma. we paid 40.00 for it at the derma and you can find it on the net for at 25-30.00.

I hope you will try it i am sure you will like it.

good luck

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T.P.

answers from Dallas on

I had horrible eczema between my fingers. I purchased a jar of Dead Sea Salt at Grapevine Mills Mall at a cart just outside the Disney Store. Initially it hurt to get the salt in there, but it healed it up nicely. It worked wonders and my eczema has never returned yet!

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S.W.

answers from Dallas on

Someone may have already mentioned this, but eczema is a reaction to something: an allergin! My son has had eczema since he was 3 months old; come to find out, after an allergy test done when he was 12 months, he is allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts, and slight allergy to wheat and soy. It is mainly undercontrol except the kid loves cheese! Even the lactose-free kind breaks him out. Check for allergies in your diet, maybe get an allergy test. Also, stay moisturized!! all eczema is is severe dry skin. I religiously use Arbonne products in myhome. If youd like to try some, let me know!
God bless
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M.V.

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B.,
We have had to deal with eczema along with a couple close friends. Between all of us, we have probably used every cream, ointment, medicine, over the counter & prescription, know to man and nothing has worked better than Arbonne's ABC Baby Skin Care products. All of Arbonne's are botantically-based so there are no mineral oils, chemicals, fillers, fragrances, animal products/by-products, etc. We use the baby wash from head to toe and then use the baby oil and lotion. If there is a major break out, we will use the diaper rash cream just on the spots. I am happy to say, we all (including my friends) have been eczema free for almost 1 year! I have since started a business with Arbonne. If you would like to try it, I would be happy to give you a 35% discount on your first order. You can check out the products on my website www.foravibrantlife.myarbonne.com. You can email me from my website as well. Arbonne does offer a 45 day money back guarantee. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have!
Best wishes!
M.

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J.T.

answers from Dallas on

So far you're doing everything right. I have learned that eczema is a skin condition of unknown origin. Essentially its the diagnosis that the doctor will give you when they don't know what it is! Skin conditions always stem from a toxic and overloaded liver. Unfortunatly, we live in a world full of toxins that are in our food, air and water. They are impossible to avoid! The liver is the dumpsite for whatever toxins enter into our body, it converts it into something less toxic and sends it through your kidneys to be excreted. If you liver is just too overloaded, your body will try to get rid of the toxins any way possible. It can show up as recurring headaches, I.B.S symptoms, and skin rashes because the skin is your largest organ of detoxification. If you haven't done a detox recently, I would suggest the 21-day Standard Process whole body purification program. You have to get the cleanse through a practitioner. Go to www.standardprocess.com to find a doctor that supplies them. Also, I would also suggest using a deorderant only and not an antipersperant. I've tested them all and the best one I know of is from www.texasbestunlimited.com. You can also find it at Whole Foods as well. Wearing just a deorderant lets your body get rid of toxins through sweating without being offensive to others. (After using the product for a few weeks, your body won't sweat as much). If you stop yourself from sweating under your arms, you're just keeping the junk in! Taking a good Omega-3 supplement is essential for good skin health as well. Good luck!

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R.R.

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B.-
I was diagnosed with eczema many years ago. In all my trips to the dermatologist, I left with little more than a perscription for a topical cream of some sort or the toher. This condition went on for 5 or 6 years. Sometimes it was better than others, but sometimes my legs looked awful. That always seemed to be where I had it the most. Oatmeal baths, dye and frangrance free soaps... none of it worked.
I finally went to an allergist. I did the 200 needle prick thing. He put me on allergy shots that I administered myself every day. I did this for one year. At the end of the year, the FDA changed some regulations and I was supposed to go back for a new test and new percription. I never did. And I have never had eczema again. It has been 10 years without it.
It has been said that eczema, although real, is usually misdiagnosed and is actually an allergic reaction to something. I would try an allergist and see.

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S.W.

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Which steroid cream are you using? It may not be the proper one. I would change to a product called Ceravae - better than cetaphil as it actually adds lipids into the skin. Use the CREAM instead of lotion, put this on top of your Rx bid. I would be happy to see you in clinic if you cant get it under control. Non steroid Rx is Protopic - but this wont do a darn thing if you are really flared... I would be happy to help!
More info about my practice
www.dallascosmeticcenter.com
We are also on Good Morning Texas bi monthly as the dermatology experts
www.wfaa.com/gmt/parkcities
good luck!

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M.B.

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My son had been diagnosed with eczema, but it turns it out it was really Dermatitis herpetiformis(DH), which is a skin reaction to wheat gluten. Did they biopsy your skin or just diagnose based on a visual examination? You can read about DH and it's correlation with celiac disease, which is an intolerance to wheat gluten:
http://dermatology.cdlib.org/111/reviews/herpetiformis/ba... (note the common age of onset is listed as age 30-40)
My son is double-gened, thus he gets both the skin and gut reactions when he inadvertently consumes gluten.

From what I read about eczema, other foods can also trigger it, such as peanuts.

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J.L.

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B.,
My son who is 7yrs old has eczema. It's all over his legs.
I have been searching for a natural cure for it.
I have talked to Dr.'s. This is what I have found. It has been working. You need to be taking vitamins especially the B's.
Also omega's 3 like fish oil and 6 like flaxseed oil.
We use virgin organic coconut oil on his legs as a lotion. It has omega in it. It has worked. Now this is the hard part....
The Dr.'s told me to stay away from milk, wheat gluetin, and orange juice. Not easy for a 7yr old. We have cut way down on these things and we have seen a huge difference.
Good luck and I hope it will help.
J. L.

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D.C.

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My daughter has had eczema all of her life what we did was get coco butter in the bar not in the tube then melt it and put it on your legs or werever you have eczema and cover the area with pj's or whatever will cover the area while you sleep to keep the moisture in and you will notice the difference the next day.

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R.F.

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B.-

Have you ever heard of Arbonne? They are all botanically based products that are awesome. We have a baby line that is great for eczema along with our skin conditioning oil. Babies and adults with eczema use this line as an alternative to the steriod creams. Let me know if you want to try it out. [email protected]____.com

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P.L.

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I too was diagnosed with Eczema, went to several doctors, all just treating the symptoms with steriod cream. Finally I went to a doctor that immediately said "this looks like food allergies." She did the blood work, resulting in me finding out that I was allergic to 16 different foods that I was eating almost daily. A change in diet and some remedial meds along the way, and I am rash free. When I "fall off the wagon" and eat the foods that I'm allergic to, the rash comes back within 24 hours. Now, I stay clear of cow dairy (goat dairy is ok), most grains and any variation/derivitive of cane or beet sugar (including high fructose corn syrup). Keeps me rash free. Dr. Suzanne Mack, located in Denton is the one that finally correctly diagnosed my food allergies and led me through the healing process.

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M.E.

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I have had dermatitis since I was a baby. I am 43 years old now. For the past 3 years I have been using a product called Freederm. I have a 4 year old daughter and started seeing red patchy places on her arms and legs and didn't want her to go through what I had. I just happened to find this product on the internet and it cleared up our skin within a couple of days. I checked with my daughter's pediatrician and she says it is a safe product and has been recommending it to her patients after she saw the results we had. The product does have the smallest amount of cortisone in it but you can order it without the cortisone in it. They sent me the one without the cortisone when they came out with their all natural version but I found it didn't work as well and it seemed to burn my skin when I used it. If you decide to order the product when you pay there is a comment section and you can request the medicated formula. I have never found anything like this product and I have used everything. You can go to the website and read the testimonials. I have a testimonial on there (probably the longest one) with a picture of my daughter. She is in blue with the blonde hair holding a golf bag. The website is Freederm.com. I hope this helps because I know what you are going through and how painful it can be. If you have any questions you can email them and they respond very promptly. You can read all the testimonials and see the pictures on the website and it will just break your heart but you will also see how the product has helped each person. You are the first person I have responded to on this site but when I hear someone is suffering from a skin problem I am so happy to share this product with them! Good luck and I hope this helps!

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A.G.

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Have you ever been tested for food sensitivity? Many chiropractors and homeopathic doctors can do this without a blood test. I learned that corn and dairy are usually the culprit with eczema and asthma with my kids...you don;t have to take it out of your diet forever, just detox and then add back...

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L.L.

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from L.....our daughter has it on her leg...not a real bad case, but I use Arbonne baby oil...and if used regularly...I think it works wonders.
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E.D.

answers from Dallas on

Well, I can tell you that nothing works 100%.
I would definitely get some allergy tests. I would also wear as much 100% cotton as you can. My son can't wear anything BUT.
Also Aveeno products ROCK! I've got soothing lotion, overnight lotion, oatmeal bath, the baby bath... everything... lol and I use them at different times on my son.
His skin is very sensitive and he gets a rash if he lays on the floor, so I put a cotton quilt down as much as I can. We also slather on Aquaphor and several other things from time to time...
Email me if you have specific questions. I don't sell anything... so I won't be doing that, but I do have a lot of info.
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H.M.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B., I too have eczema and I didn't develop it until I was pregnant with my first son. I have it only on my legs. I try not to use the steriod creme that was prescribed but I just make sure to keep lotion on my legs and try to keep my legs shaved as often as possible. I am pregnant again right now and it has flared back up with a vengence. I have found that stress also causes it to worsen. I also avoid hot showers as that makes it itch. Good luck! It is a very painful thing to experience.

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J.G.

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Hi B.,

I know this is a very frustrating condition. I know of a product that is often successful to help with eczema. It is the baby care line through a company called Arbonne. A daughter of a friend had eczema so bad that mom would have to wrap her legs in bandages at times just to keep her from scratching them. She started using the Arbonne products and the situation is almost nothing now. I will be glad to provide you a sample to try if you like. Just drop me a line at [email protected]____.com with any questions.

Whatever your solution I hope you feel better soon.

Blessings,
J.

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J.L.

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When my daughter had eczema as a child, I used Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream. It's not made for eczema but it worked wonders.

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M.J.

answers from Abilene on

Hello --I have 2 kids who have had eczema and it has been in my family for 5 generations and together with my mom we have found the cure.
It isn't easy but you have to eliminate dairy products from your diet beggining today and you will be cured! My kids are vegan and I can't believe how it really works and cured their eczema. My daughter also suffered severe asthma but it went away almost immediately when I took her off of dairy products.She is not free of or cured from Asthma,although alternative meds is all I use, but her eczema is gone.Hope I helped some in your struggle to be eczema free. Best of luck to you and your family!!

M.

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L.K.

answers from Dallas on

My friend who suffered for years turned out to be lactose intolerant. His eczema cleared right up! Also, you might try this amazing anti-oxidant drink based on the Brazilian Acai Berry called monavie - just google it. If you are interested, I would be happy to speak with you about it. Linda

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S.J.

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My Daughter also has eczema and we use tea tree oil on it. It is very smelly but it seems to work and does not have the same side effects as steriods.

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R.C.

answers from Dallas on

Try going to a health food store and getting some herbal help. My son had it all the time when he was about a year old and we used flax seed oil and some other heabal things and he hasn't had it since

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R.M.

answers from Lubbock on

My daughter has eczema and we have found that if we combine regular OTC hydrocortisone cream(about 1/3) with our lotion of choice(about 2/3) and use this after bathing, it helps to keep her from breaking out. Regular mineral oil or vaseline is good for trouble patches.

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J.T.

answers from Dallas on

my advice is pretty similar, ours is diet related. I also use Arbonne baby products (yes even on grownups!!) and No I do net sell Arbonne. It has been very helpful, we use the wash, lotion, and oil.

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K.B.

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my son has eczema too. sometimes i rub him down with calamine lotion..we've also used pure lavender oil, it calms the skin and it smells great. Try bathing often in Avon's Skin So Soft, just be sure to rinse the tub very good afterwords because it will leave the tub pretty slippery. Although it didn't work that well for my son, you could try the Aveno bath.

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J.W.

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My 4 month old has eczema. The doctor recommended using cortisone cream - which has worked for us. Good luck.

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K.T.

answers from Dallas on

My Naturpathic physician said that any skin issues can be related back to the liver. I also have eczema and am now on burbur and glutathione - both to support the liver. I have seen improvement.

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L.N.

answers from Dallas on

My son has eczema and also was prescribed a steriod cream which we used for a few months, but I too did not feel comfortable using it continuously. We began to experiment with various creams and lotions, and surprisingly the Curel Ultra Healing Intensive works very well if it is applied daily. I hope you will be able to see the same results.

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P.H.

answers from Dallas on

My youngest son has eczema and the doctor gave him a steroid cream to use also which like you said helps the outbreaks. What we use to help it on a daily basis is two things, either Aveeno or Eucerin products. The lotions, the bath soaps, any product with those name brands will help alot. There is even an oatmeal product to soak in the tub with as well. You will also need to make sure your laundry detergent is fragrance free or possibly use the Dreft baby detergent. I will tell you that the Aveeno and Eucerin products are a bit expensive but in the long run it is well worth it. I hope this helps you out.

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L.B.

answers from Dallas on

I have eczema too! I was just diagnosed last year. I have it on my eye lids and inside, yes I said inside, my ears. Talk about crazy itching! I finally went to an allergist. He tested my allergies and I found out I was allergic to everything when I never had any idea I was allergic to anything! Crazy! I am not on allergy meds and I have started allergy shots and I dont have the eczema on my eyes and It is leaving my ears! so seeing an allergist might be good. I hope this helps!

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C.W.

answers from Davenport on

My Father-In-Law has Eczema also. We just talked to him about this too on the phone tonight! He uses Eucerin cream/lotion every time he takes a bath or shower. He also watches what he eats and notices that the weather affects his eczema. He has dealt with his Eczema since he has been a young boy.

My Husband and Son both have Keratosis Pilaris and we've been to the Dermatologist a few times for it. This is bumps that are on on their legs and arms. Sometimes with my husband they are red and look like little pimples. It looks like Eczema, but technically it isn't. The Dermatologist recommended CerVe products, so we are using the cleanser and the cream. In addition, we are using the Salex kit (contains the CeraVe cleanser and the Salex). Salex is salycitic acid. It is pricey, however it does seem to be helping. The Salex Kit is prescribed by the Dermatologist. The CeraVe cream is over the counter, however it had to be special ordered by the Pharmacist, as it wasn't on CVS or Walgreens shelves. We are putting all this on our 2 year old! He doesn't want to sit still, so we are only doing it 1 time a day, when it recommends 2 times a day. His skin has gotten smoother and it does seem to be helping after 2 weeks of using it. We go to the Dermatologist to get these products.

We are also using the fragrance free products-hand soap, body soap, shampoo,etc...I've had several rashes under my arms, so I've been using Moisturel, which was recommded by my Dermatologist and it is over the counter and fragrance free also.

The other thing I can recommend is maybe changing your laundry soap to Free and Clear, maybe that might help. Maybe you could check with the Sunflower Shop (off Camp-Bowie in Fort Worth, they have wonderful books or a library on this subject-Medical book. Some Healthy, Non-Traditional Medical books mention you can take more vitamins, minerals and foods to help conditions. That might be something you could also try. A Health Food Store might have some alternative creams that might be a healthier alternatives than the steriods you have used.

Hope this helps, C.

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T.T.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.! I personally don't suffer from eczema, but I know alot of women and children who do. What they've found that works is getting toxins and chemicals out of their house and therefore out of their system and off of their body. I can help you do that. I use products (cleaners, laundry, personal, etc.) that are the best of science and nature and therefore don't contain any harsh chemicals/toxins.

Please contact me and we can discuss it further. I know this will help you!

T.
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M.D.

answers from Abilene on

I struggled with it when I was a kid. My mom said that if she did not give me a long bath and then patted me dry after I got out of the tub and slathered me down with cetiphil lotion it helped. I still have spots that show up during the winter. But if I stay on top of it they usually do not last. But I would stay away from baths if I were you. A humidifier might help also.

Hope this helps
M.

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H.S.

answers from Amarillo on

There is a line of childrens products from ARBONNE that works wonders, for most it has cleared it up almost instantly. BUT everyone's skin is different. If you know anyone in your area who sells ARBONNE you should ask them about it. They should have pictures to show you of how it works and might have a few samples for you to try.

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J.I.

answers from Dallas on

My son has this. My pedi told me to use cortizon creams. We also get the very thick lotion on the baby isle for eczema. She said on the really bad spots to cover those with vaseline.

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B.C.

answers from Dallas on

Hi,
My name is B. Campbell, I am an Independant Consultant with Arbonne International ( a health and wellness company). We sell excellent skin care products. The ABC (arbonne baby care )works well on eczema. We also have skin conditioning oil and lotions. All products are pure,safe and beneficial. All natural ingredients. My website is www.betsycampbell.myarbonne.com. You can contact me or simply order something on my website. I would love to talk to you if you have any questions my number is ###-###-#### (home) or ###-###-#### (cell)
Hope this info helps you out
B.

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J.G.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B., I have the same problem. I was going to a Dermatologist that told me he had done everything he could think of and then he sent me a more specialized Dermatologist. When I first started going it was on my face. It left my face for a short period of time and started up on my back in a small area. I have been using the steroid cream because nothing else works. It does not get rid of it for me either. Now half of my back is covered and it is now under my arms as well. Good luck on finding something that works because I am not aware of anything that does. Hopefully someone will have an idea for you and it will be something that will work for me as well. I don't think there is a real cure, it just has to run it's course.

Good luck,
J. G.

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P.S.

answers from Dallas on

B.,
I have a 16 yr old son who, as a toddler, also had eczema. And everything you are doing is what his Dr. told us to do. But the 2 things he did tell us to do that seemed to help alot then, and even now, when he has flare-ups. Is to use Cortaid anti-itch cream (hydrocortisone acetate cream) and to make sure he only wore 100% cotton !!! No other fibers !! Only white 100% cotton sheets, socks, t-shirts. Not an easy thing to do,pure cotton for everything is hard to find. And he was not allowed outdoors for long, and playing in the tub and taking long showers was out of the question. Especially in areas of hard water.
We used Cetaphil soap, lotion and creams. also used die free, scent free laundry soap on everything !!
I hope some of this helps the situation you are in. I know it can be misery feeling like this. I hated having my son go thru this when he was little. Good Luck.
P

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T.H.

answers from Dallas on

Melaleuca has a wonderful lotion that works great for eczema-it is called Renew. Let me know if you have any questions about it and good luck to you!

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J.M.

answers from Lubbock on

As strange as it sounds, apple cider vinegar, dabbed on the areas, does help. There is something in the apple cider vinegar that helps with the Ph balance of the skin. I had a neighbor several years ago tht had eczema and she tried the vinegar after I had read about it in the vinegar book. After just a couple of applications in one day she was noticing a big change. Within about 5 days you could hardly see where she had borken out. I have also used the apple cider vinegar on the dogs when they get "hot spots" when they have fleas and chew on themselves. It is soothing and costs a lot less than most creams.

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A.C.

answers from Dallas on

hi B.,
my oldest son now 13 had eczema since he was about 2 mths old we took him to specialist after specialist and tried everyone of the hydrocortisone creams they had along with benadryl for the itching i listened to everything people told me to try from vaseline,crisco,utter cream,you name it none of it helped he had it severely bad so finally i went to a health food store and they told me to buy tea tree oil and put some in the bath water it really helped it alot along with aveeno oatmeal baths i alternated between the two it eczema seems to come along with allergies so i suggest taking benadryl see if that helps and also rinse your clothes twice use arm and hammer detergent no fabric softeners and try to wear cotton shirts as not to aggrivate the eczema the cetaphil soap thing is great and use all fragrance free lotions like curel etc... hope it gets better soon as i know how itchy the stuff is my son would scratch until he bled and he had it on the face,legs arms everywhere except the diaper area.good luck and try the tea tree oil!

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J.G.

answers from Dallas on

Hello B., I have a weird type of eczema on my hands. It developed after I started my nursing career, and was washing my hands constantly with antibacterial soap and wearing gloves. At any rate, the only natural things that I have found that helps is Gold Bond Ultimate healing lotion, and taking Omega 3 vitamin with Fish Oil.

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C.P.

answers from Dallas on

Hello B.,

definitely get an allergy/food sensitivity test. the culprit may be SOY or ragweeds, etc. by the way, if you're allergic to ragweeds... includes lettuce, sun flowers, safflower. My godson gets it from exposure to soy. Also check your shampoo and conditioner. Good luck and read every label!
~C.~

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T.B.

answers from Dallas on

My two-year old just went to Dermatologist for same thing. He gave her a steroid creme (and it has worked well) but I told him I would not use it indefinately and he said that Vasoline Petrolium Jelly is the next best thing to keep Eczema under control. I used the steroid creme, got it cleared and try to keep the Vasoline on her through out the day.

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L.H.

answers from Dallas on

Do you know how Noxema got it's name? A pharmacist created it and when one of his customers came in and told the pharmacist how it cleared up he son's Eczema, the nameless ointment was named No-x-ema. My mother also has eczema and she uses the Noxema sometimes rather than using the steriod compound her doctor prescribed all the time. Because she uses both alternately, I cannot tell you that the Noxema is absolutely fantastic or horrible. She is scared to quit the steroid altogether and it get really bad, but it cannot hurt it and it does keep outbreaks from ebing so itchy.
HTH

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D.A.

answers from Dallas on

B.,
Arbonne products are great for people of all ages with Eczema. Please contact me and I can get you some to try. My number is ###-###-####.
D.

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R.

answers from Dallas on

My son was diagnosed with sever eczema at 3 mos. We too have steroid creams etc. but something we use when the flare up is just beginning or as a preventative is vaseline. I know that it can get greasy but it truly works. He is even allergic to Aquaphor and Eucerin and so vaseline, which is much cheaper, works wonders for him. HTH

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R.N.

answers from Dallas on

yes! Try eucerin original creme (not lotion) followed by aquaphor healing ointment 3x/day. It has cured my dd.

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T.C.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.. I have the perfect solution and it is long term... Arbonne Baby Products. The products are natural ingredients and there are several different things that you can use on a daily basis to keep your excema at bay. email me at
[email protected]____.com and I can send you some samples and if you are happy with them I can get the larger products. I stand behind all Arbonne products and be baby line is very popular for those with skin irritations and excema. T.

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K.C.

answers from Dallas on

My daughter, 14, was diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatits when she was 2. We have tried soooo many different things, but, unfortunately, the only thing that has helped her is cream with steroid. She has never had any side effects from the steroids as long as she puts it on correctly. It has to be applied very minimally - a very thin coat. She is now on Desonide w/.05% steroid and it works great! She has been on it for about 2 years. It doesn't contain a great deal of steroid, so that's a benefit... she was on one with 1% at one time.... this is sooo much better! Good luck!

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S.W.

answers from Dallas on

Do you drink milk? Switch to soy milk. My mother has had eczema all her life and milk seems to agrivate it. Stress will also make it worse. Aquafor lotion also seems to help. Any product with petrolium in it also seems to make the eczema flare up so avoid those. Hope this helps.

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K.E.

answers from Dallas on

Hey B.,
I am 52 and have had eczema since I was a baby. It was so bad when I was small my mom would slather the medication on, wrap my wrists or knees in saran wrap then put ace bandages over that. I'd scratch it all off by morning. The external creams are just that, external and yes they will help. I suggest you see a reputable nutritionist. What is going on inside affects what is going on outside. It would be important to do a test for gluten tolerance and as has been recommended, add a good fish oil ( Carlson's Cod Liver Oil is excellent and comes flavored with lemon) to your diet. Mine is under control with fish oil, less wheat in my diet and eating very healthy. However, stressful situations still cause outbreaks. Good luck!

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S.J.

answers from Dallas on

Definitely try Arbonne. I use all the baby line (wash, body oil, sunscreen, lotion and herbal diaper rash cream) on my kids, ages 3 and 1, when needed. It will work for adults too. I also use the cleansing gel, body lotion, skin conditioning oil and rejuvenating cream on them when their skin is particularly dry, and also on me! I love all these products. Find a consultant and ask for some samples. I think you'll love the results. Of course, I use all their products too and love them. I will use nothing else.

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T.G.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.,
Have you considered seeing an acupuncturist? Chinese medicine treats allergies such as eczema effectively. There is an Allergy and Acupuncture clinic in Arlington on Randol Mill. I observed with Dr. Joan Gregory this past fall, and she is great. I am a student completing my studies/licensure and will be setting up practice later in the summer.

Tg

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B.W.

answers from Dallas on

try mamaherb.com. it's a new website like wikipedia only for natural remedies. i know there are several things to try for eczema. you might also try giving up all dairy and see if that helps.

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D.M.

answers from Dallas on

You can buy some liquid vitamin E pills. Poke a in it and sqeeze out the liquid and apply it directly to the spots. There is a company called Arbonne. Everything they have is all natural. The baby line is wonderful. I know this is for you, but hear me out. The baby lotion or diaper rash cream works wonders on most anything. I have three kids with eczema. It works on all of them. I have the name of an Arbonne consultant if you would like it.

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C.T.

answers from Dallas on

When my son had eczema, we tried all the things you have and also a thick lotion called Aquaphor by Eucerin. It is almost like petrolium jelly, but medicated. It worked wonderfully.

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S.P.

answers from Dallas on

Dairy exacerbates eczema. Perhaps you could try eliminating dairy from your diet for a couple of weeks and see what happens? I hope you find a solution! That sounds like a horrible thing to deal with. :(

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D.G.

answers from Dallas on

Backy,

Melelueca products, and the melelueca lotion called renew, and melelueca oil which is an incredible healer; eczema, acne, bites, wounds, and many other things. Tracy Tesauro is a representative on Mamasource that you can call and get info. from. I have referred her to many others that have eczema and it has worked miracles!

D. G.

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B.B.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.,
I have never had eczema but I have heard from parents of children that do and they have tried everything! The one and only thing that really worked and worked extremely well is Arbonne skin care. Arbonne, if you haven't heard of it, is a skin care, makeup, type business that is individually sold like Mary Kay. You can go to their website at arbonne.com and even find a rep that can tell you all about it and which items you need to use. Of course Arbonne cannot claim a cure because it is not a medicine, but the lady I know says it cured her son. The great thing about Arbonne to is that it is an all natural and in no way harmful product. Safe, pure and beneficial is their motto. I use the skin care line, but I am not a rep, and it is great. Look them up and I think you will be pleased!

B. B.

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D.K.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.,

Since you're a nurse, you probably already know this, but I'll throw it out there anyway. Psoriasis is commonly misdiagnosed as eczema. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to get rid of, and that's probably why you still have your dry patches even after treating with steroid cream. I would have an actual dermatologist have a look at it if you haven't already. An interesting thing about psoriasis is that even though it's on the skin, what affects it is what you put IN your body, and STRESS. If you're under a lot of stress, it will go crazy. Believe it or not, the best thing for it is plain old petroleum jelly.

Hope this helps!

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C.B.

answers from Dallas on

Melaluca Lotiion is the best solution out there! You can order at a discounted rate at www.livetotalwellness.com/getdetails

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A.W.

answers from Amarillo on

B.-

My son was diagnosed with eczema about 6 months ago at his 12 mo. check up. His pedi recommended using 1% hydrocortisone cream on his patches. Also, one thing I recently found that works GREAT is Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream. It's fragrance free and contains oatmeal. It says on the front of the tube that it relieves and soothes even dry skin from eczema. Since using this combination, his eczema isn't even noticeable anymore. Good luck at finding something that works for you!

P.S.-I've also read that rinsing your clothes twice after washing and washing new clothes helps, too.

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K.B.

answers from Dallas on

Try Eucerin cream. It comes in a tub, and you can get it at the drug store, Wal-Mart, etc. Don't get the lotion, get the cream. It's sticky when you first put it on, so you may want to use it at night, but it's think and rich and really helps! When my son and I get eczema patches it clears it up in no time!

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K.F.

answers from Dallas on

B.,
As I have scanned the responses to your question I see that several have responded to you with Arbonne products as a solution. I am also an Arbonne consultant and can only agree with them that our products are an awesome, natural way to relieve the discomfort of eczema. I would love to visit with you and ask some questions so that I might recommend a product that would bring you some relief. Please feel free to contact me at ###-###-#### cell if you are interested.

K. Franklin

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L.E.

answers from Dallas on

I feel your pain… literally. I have been suffering with eczema for 4 years now. You are doing the right thing by no fragrance or dyes and using Cetaphil lotion. I would also suggest taking Fish Oil (which also helps with cholestoral problems). You might want to talk to you doctor before starting to take it in case you have other health issues that might prevent you from using Fish Oil. It really helped my skin out. Remember to drink LOTS of water, this will help keep you hydrated ‘causing less dryness on your skin. Hope some of this helps, but before you take ANY medication (over the counter or herbal) ask you doctor first.

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L.S.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.,

I also have very dry skin, not sure if it is eczema. The doctor had my mom put Crisco on me when I was little. I have struggled my whole life. I recently found a privately held company called Melalueca that has the best lotion, Renew, that I have ever tried. They also have all the chemical free products for my home. I have an immune deficiency, and asthma, and I have been ordering from them. You can check them out at wwww.melaleuca.com, and if you want more info., feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]____.com luck. L.

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C.S.

answers from Dallas on

Try increasing your dietary intake of Omega fatty acids. Taking flax seed oil every day helps.

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C.B.

answers from Abilene on

I have a type of eczema that is only on my joints (elbows, knees, knuckles)and after years of trying this cream and that pill and this lotion.....I got talked into buying this soap, it's Dead Sea Salt Soap that is for your face.I used it on my face for about a week and then tried it on my joints. After just a few days my elbows and knuckles were clear! I'm not kidding, you can find this kind of soap in your better stores or maybe even Bath and Body. I got mine from a kiosk in the mall. I hope this helps. C. B

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M.K.

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I have 4 children who have all had eczema from babyhood. Thankfully 3 of them grew out of it by the time they were 3. I have a 5 year old who still suffers on her hands and feet. It is a constant battle...each kid had luck with different treatments...it's a very individualized condition. Frustrating as hell too! The worst is when other moms look at my kid like she has some kind of contagious rash...it really hurts emotionally too. I am giving my daughter fish oil supplements and trying to soothe with cream and steroid cream after baths andagain in the mornings. Be very careful to use CREAMS in a jar and not lotions! If you look at even Cetaphil lotion in a bottle...it probably has alcohol listed in the ingredients. Alcohol is a drying agent....why this would ever be in any "moisturizing lotion" is beyond me. If you try the holistic route you have to maintain consistency for at least 3 months to gague any result...that is the hardest part because they may get worse on the way to getting better and you'll want to use the steroids. I am thinking of trying Aloe Vera Juice as well when I've seen if the fish oil is helping. They sell it at Whole Foods. Best of luck to you and be sure and report any successes for us to try!

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S.K.

answers from Houston on

I have used apple cider vinegar and it works. It also works for itchy scalp and dry hands believe it or not.

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D.C.

answers from Dallas on

Try a different soap. I had this problem - my cause was an allergic reaction to Vitamin E. I started using an all natural, Vegan soap. Worked like a charm. My personal favorite is Lush's Olive Branch. No more itching. You can find them at www.lush.com

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D.B.

answers from Dallas on

Many people consider eczema to be a scream for help from the digestive system. I would strongly consider www.bodyecologydiet.com if you want to be completely free from eczema--and a host of other health problems. I know many, many folks who have been successful using this diet.

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A.H.

answers from Dallas on

I have had eczema forever and so does my mom. We use aveeno oatmeal bath-do take hot baths or showers it just makes it worse. also does rub dry just pat. We also get a cortizone shot which helps tremendously. Ask you doctor about the shot. Hope it helps!

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F.F.

answers from Dallas on

Hi B.,

My son has eczema. I know that you use the soap without dyes and fragrances, but do you also use laundry detergent that's free and clear as well? And I don't use dryer sheets either when drying his clothes. I would also suggest making sure you don't have any food allergies that trigger the eczema. Since you're a nurse you probably already know that with eczema your risk for allergies and asthma are increased. We also use Aquaphor, made by Eucerin, to keep him from being so dry. Drink Alow Vera Juice too. It's sold at WalMart in the pharmacy section. Battling ezcema (and his food allergies)is a daily task for us. I hope this helped a little. Good Luck!!! F. F

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J.P.

answers from Lubbock on

Good Morning B.,

I am not sure if this will help your situation, but I have a daughter & when she was a junior in high school, she came down with psoriasis(sp). They did the same to her gave her steroids & soaps, non which helped much at all. My sister told me about an article that said to try tanning booth, I was against it but thought what could it hurt. Much to our surprise & that of her doctor the spots disappeared. She goes monthly, she still has it but not very noticeable mostly on the elbow & on the scalp.

If you try it let me know if it helped.

J.

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M.O.

answers from Dallas on

I'm not sure where you live but you need to find a place that offers an infrarer sauna. This is a dry sauna that penetrates into your skin about 2" - 3" and helps with detoxing the body but is also phenomenol in helping people with skin disorders. It's unbelievably relaxing and has so many health benefits as well. I have 6 kids so believe me, I find any reason to relax but also love the fact that I am doing something to keep myself healthy for my kids.

Good Luck

M.

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