Psoriasis/eczema

Updated on April 01, 2008
A.M. asks from Peoria, AZ
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What can I use to treat my psoriasis? Actually, I'm not sure if it is either psoriasis or eczema as I haven't had time to see a doctor about it. While pregnant of my daughter (now 19 months), I developed quarter-sized patches of very dry, itchy skin on both hands between my thumb and wrist. I don't think the pregnancy had anything to do with it, it just happened to be coincidental--unless others had the same experience??? Anyway, what can I use to get rid of it?! Or am I doomed for the rest of my life?

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D.W.

answers from Albuquerque on

My son had a bad case of eczema last year and nothing worked - even perscription meds. BUT - I found this: Unsented Lotion Bar from Southwest LIfestyle. It cleared it up in days - after the first use I saw a huge improvement.
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J.K.

answers from Phoenix on

I developed severe eczema while I was pregnant in 1995. Nothing worked. I tried everything including what doctors recommended. My doctor finally gave me Melaleuca lotion and now I use that. It is the only thing that works. It has melaleuca oil in it and penetrates 7 layers of skin. I put it on at night and it works all the way until I put it on the next night. You can go to Melaleuca.com and look under Renew Lotion. If you need more information, you can email me at [email protected]____.com have to be a member to buy their products but it is so worth it.

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T.M.

answers from Phoenix on

A.,
Oh my gosh what good advise you got from all of the mothers on this website!

No you are not doomed unless you become a lable reader. Becareful what products you are using. It is most likely you are having an allergic reaction from the detergence and lotions and soaps.

Have you ever heard of Arbonne? Their products fix these problems all of the time, and I would love to send you free samples. Their products are pH correct and with out fragrances and chemicals that dry out the skin.

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A.

answers from Albuquerque on

Might sound crazy, but cod liver oil. Fix your body from the inside first. Get to the root of the problem. I have friends who don't have any outbreaks when they take high quality, high vitamin CLO. CLO from natural vitamin A, not synthetic. Anyway, I encourage you to do your own research and good luck finding a solution.

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L.S.

answers from Phoenix on

My middle daughter has eczema and we found that Aquaphor works wonders (especially when applied at night before bed). Another tip is to not shower but every other day if you can. Believe it or not, you dry out your skin more when you shower more often. Also, be sure that you are using a perfume free soap/lotion such as Cetaphil. Once we transferred over, she barely has any trouble at all.

Good luck to you!

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J.M.

answers from Tucson on

Can I first just say having kids does strange things to your body. lol After I had my first daughter I strangely enough became allergic to walnuts/pecans.
Well I have had eczema my whole life, and it is hereditary. My daughters will get it from time to time and I got it from my mom. I don't have it all the time or in the same place. When I do have it, if its small and not severe I will just buy a tube of hydrocortisone at the store. If that does not clear it up and it becomes worse I do have a prescription for it. There are different types of cream that are prescriped. I try to stay away from the prescriptions with steriods in it, as it will make your skin thin and very sensitive to touch. However, the ones with steriods are the only ones that help when I have severe cases. I hope this helps, if you have any more questions please feel free to contact me :)

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L.H.

answers from Phoenix on

A.
What a bummer. I have psoriasis and I know what a pain it is. I also know that there is a type of psoriasis that pregnant women get and usually it will go away after a few months. You should check with your doctor to find out what kind it is. I use a medication called dermazinc, it is fantastic.
Good luck

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S.S.

answers from Phoenix on

Try tea tree oil. It works really well and you can purchase it at most stores that have a health food department. It is a little pricey but only takes a couple drops on a patcth. My daughters ped had us use this and she had horrible excema.

S.

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C.W.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.,

The comany I work for has a great lotion for eczema and really dry skin. Check my website www.workathomunited.com/arizona adn I can line you up with it.
C. Willis

P.S. oftne you are not doomed for the rrest of your life. It can be a seasonal affliction. Two of my childrne have it.

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A.W.

answers from Phoenix on

I developed psoriasis while pregnant with my 2nd child back in '95. It just started cropping up as small little red scaly patched, but eventually turned into much bigger patches. Let me ask this...did you have frequent throat infections as a child? Strep throat or anything? I saw a world renowned dermatologist for this problem and he found out my immune system was shot from too many strep throat infections. I eventually had my tonsils removed and this helped somewhat. It is manageable now because after a while it got kind of out of control. I would see a dermatologist about it for sure to make sure, but sometimes pregnancy can trigger weird things in our immune systems that might be laying dormant.

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A.G.

answers from Yuma on

Me and my four kids have eczema, it's something you had that may have never flared up as a child, but circumstances like your pregnancy made it flare. My 2nd daughter who has it the worse was prescribed elidel, but you must get that through a dermatologist. Another option is all natural products. I use arbonne products. It is a company I work for that has products for everyone in the family, the products have no dye's, chemicals, fragrances etc. It's a swiss born company. It has worked wonders in fact my daughter used to have flare ups and then I'd use the elidel which would help, but would eventually flare up again. When we uses the washes and lotions & oils from arbonne we don't see flare ups! If your interested definitely get in contact with me, I prefer natural products for myself and children then a prescribed chemical cream. I quick note, when I have my parties for the products I have my guests stick a little bit of garlic between their toes, it only takes a few minutes for them to taste the garlic, that's because what our skin doesn't soak up get's absorbed into our internal organs and run through your entire body. I hope you find something! A. Gay [email protected]____.com

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G.D.

answers from Flagstaff on

i've had eczema my whole life. my mother would give me baths with baby oil, from experience this does not work. it took me years to find things that did work.
first drink beyond your daily average of water. hydration is a huge part in not letting your skin get to the patchy/rashy point.
second, i've found that washing/wet hands is a huge part of cause. i worked as a teacher's assistant and was constantly at the sink. i'd come home and wash dishes, etc. my hands were in so much pain. so i used rubber gloves every time i was at the sink and had my husband do dishes at much as possilbe...this helped a lot along with not using really hot water.
third, if it does get to the point of rash...use sesame oil. it doesn't sting and immediately relieves itching...if you don't have sesame oil, olive oil will do the trick. it's hard to use during the day because your hands are oiled and slick, however during the night, when chores are finished, lube up with a lot of oil and you can cover your hands with socks.
good luck

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J.B.

answers from Denver on

Skin Milk Cream- works wonders! Walmart carries it and some grocery stores!! Not greasy, you don't have to sell the family pet to get it, and it works!! My daughter had eczema on her cheeks, it would clear up in 3 to 5 days.

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S.C.

answers from Albuquerque on

A.,
You don't have to be doomed for life :)
A lot of people are dramatically and negatively affected by the chemicals (mineral oils, parabens, propylene glycol, etc)in regular body care products that are supposed to help the skin.

I have a natural body care line (Southwest Lifestyle) that has helped a lot of people, including a man who had psoriasis for 7 years (no doctor ever was able to fix it...my product eliminated the problem permanently with one month of use).
If you are interested in a natural solution, message me back or call me at ###-###-####...I'll be happy to get together with you.

Mom of 8/grandma of 1 who has resolved MANY years of personal skin problems.

S.

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G.V.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.!

Eczema and psoriasis are actually very different. Eczema is more common and often caused by external factors such as laundry detergent or personal care product use. I am a Holistic Health & Nutritional Coach and most of my clients' eczema cleared up simply by switching laundry detergent. Please feel free to call my office and I'll talk w/ you personally about this. Call ###-###-####.

Warm Regards,
G. Van Luven

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J.O.

answers from Tucson on

There is a cream called Pinetarsal (tar based, so warning about the smell!) This is really good for psoriasis, but it would be best to get checked out by your doctor to determine what it is to work on the best course of action.

My husband and 4yo both have eczema, sometimes psoriasis for hubby, so I use things like liquid soaps (Dettol antiseptic wash) and sensitive washing powder.

Hope this helps!

J.

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M.W.

answers from Phoenix on

Dear A. M --

I can introduce you to a great line of products that I guarantee will clear up the dry, itchy patches. The side benefit, is that this line is safe for your family -- no one can get hurt from it -- and it encompasses everything single thing that you use in your life and you will find that the products work better and are economical to use. If you are interested in learning more, then please contact me at ###-###-#### or email me at [email protected]____.com you would like, I can send you specific information on what we use to combat psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, etc.

My Best to You
M. W.-- a Mom from Scottsdale

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S.F.

answers from Tucson on

Renew Body Lotion works better than prescription creams for these two problems. Call me for more information.
S. Fatovich
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C.W.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.:
Call me and I will arrange to send you a free sample of the Arbonne baby products that will help to combat this condition for both baby and mom. It's a herbal product that is doctor approved.
C. Wojtowicz, ERVP
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K.C.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.,

before you begin to treat this issue with your skin, I think it might be good for you to make an appointment with a dermatologist or even your regular doctor so that they can determine what it is for sure and recommend the best treatment. You are definitely not doomed because if it is psoriasis or eczema, they both can be treated. I hope this helps.
K. C.

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R.A.

answers from Phoenix on

I represent a company that manufactors a great hand/body lotion to help with this condition. If you are in the Phoenix area I would love to give you sample.
Please contact me at [email protected]____.com for more information

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J.F.

answers from Phoenix on

If it is eczema there is a cool cream that they sell over the counter at most drug stores or pharmacy's called serna. It is on a white bottle with blue diaganol writting. I highly recommened this for any type of rash that you are un sure about once it is on you will forget about it.

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S.S.

answers from Phoenix on

The purest & most effective product I've run across is at Desert Sage Herbs in Chandler. They carry "super salve" and it is great. It works on everything and has only ingredients that are herbal.

I'm an aesthetician (facialist) and have recommended it to many clients.

S.
www.SkinGoddessSpa.com

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C.S.

answers from Phoenix on

No, you are not doomed for the rest of your life. If you are willing to make some lifestyle changes, which probably will mean changing your diet. Generally skin conditions are symptoms of an overloaded, toxic liver, which in this day of polluted water, air and ground, is relatively common. There are nutritional foods and herbs that will support your liver and help it to detoxify. See a good herbalist as we will look at your whole health picture to guide you to finding balanced health. On a general basis, though this alone will probably not clear it up, vegetables like radichio and radishes are good liver helpers, fresh lemon juice in your good drinking water is also a help, and herbs such as dandelion root and milk thistle are just a few places to start. But some of the biggest changes will probably involve the foods you eat daily. It can be fun, discovering new foods you might not have even ever eaten before! I would also look at what might be also going on at an emotional level as well as do you get enough rest and relaxation on a daily basis? I wish you well in finding your path back to great health! It can be an exciting journey!

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A.M.

answers from Phoenix on

I've had amazing results with vitamin E oil for eczema. My daughter developed it due to an allergy to milk. The Dr. prescribed a topical steroid cream that began creating spots on her skin that wouldn't tan! I stopped using the cream immediately and switched to vitamin E. I put the oil directly on the eczema patches and then put oil directly in her bath water every 3 days or so (be careful- it will make the tub slippery! Regular dish soap will wash away the oily residue) I developed a rash on my arms and thighs while pregnant with my third daughter- so I'd say it's possible the pregnancy could have something to do with it. Hormones are crazy things! Also, see if it gets worse after eating certain things-milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat etc. Eczema is often associated with food allergies. Good luck!

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N.B.

answers from Albuquerque on

Our son has eczema and we use Moisturel lotion - it is not greasy and every time I try a different cream he has another break out. If you can get to the dr. they can prescribe a strong hydrocortizone or other type of cream to really get rid of it! Good luck.

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M.M.

answers from Tucson on

Hello A.,
I am an Arbonne Consultant & we have an excellent skincare line that should take care of your skin problems. Arbonne has swiss skincare that is Pure safe & Beneficial. My sister had psoriasis on her hand/wrist & arbonne cleared that right up. Contact me if you are interested.
You can also check out our website at www.arbonne.com
Arbonne has a 45 day money back gaurantee, so there is no risk in trying out products.
Best,
M. Moore
Arbonne Independant Consultant

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A.B.

answers from Phoenix on

I have eczema(so does my brother and my oldest daughter) I develop red dry patches on my skin. On my arms mostly but my brother and daughter get them everywhere. I have lotion in the shower and put lotion once I get done. They don't really itch but are annoying. Sound kind of like you? You need to go to the doc and get a medicated lotion because none of the over the counter stuff works. And you need to keep putting it on or else it will not get better.

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M.E.

answers from Santa Fe on

A., yours sounds like eczema. I had psoriasis for 23 years, pretty severe. Had UV treatments as a teen, had my tonsils out. Lots of creams and goop. It only went away WHEN I was pregnant, and that's not a long term solution! After some research I started drinking aloe juice. 1-2 ounces per day, and now for the first time in my life, besides pregnancy, I am 90% clear. You can get it in a gallon jug at any health or herb store. I like the PharmAloe, mix it will a little juice. It has also cured my digestive problems as it has a healing lubricating effect on the internal organs. I have recommended it to my friends with eczema and it has helped.
Good Luck.

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T.B.

answers from Tucson on

Dear A.,
This condition can be a challenge. Some of the time we are lacking in natural production of good fat cells that help keep our skin soft and well protected. Just something you may look into is natural Omega fish oil that helps our bodies in so many ways it is impossble to list here. If you choose take a look at the site below and send me any other questions you have. I have a few clients that have tried the Omega for dry skin and have had great results. Also stay away from soaps they can also be drying. Go for natural body wash formulas.
Hope this helps,
T.
http://www.shaklee.net/health_by_theresa/prodNutOmegaGuard

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M.J.

answers from Tucson on

My 6 yr. old daughter has a large patch of eczema on her back and some on one foot. The doctor gave us steroid cream and allergy medicine. But, she kept having flair ups. It itched so much she'd scratch till it bled. My stepmom had suggested aloe vera gel (we have a large patch of it growing in the backyard, but you can also buy it in a jar at health food stores - look for 100% pure)to fend off infection to the open areas. To my surprise it not only helped the scratched areas heal quickly, but it also helped to keep the flair ups under control. When I use the live plant, I cut off one "leaf" - scrape off the small 'spines' on the sides, cut a chunk off, split it open and rub it on the eczema. It soothes her itch and doesn't sting like the steroid. We think her eczema may be due to a food allergy, so now we've started testing - she's had a blood test that indicated low levels of reaction to a few foods. So, we'll eliminate those foods for a couple of weeks and see if the rashiness clears up, then we'll slowly add the foods back, one at a time for a few days each, and watch for any flair ups. We've already changed all soaps and laundry detergents to unscented, all natural, as much as possible since I am allergic to fragrances and harsh additives. Hopefully the eczema is related to a food allergy, then we can "cure" it by eliminating it from her diet. If not, the doctor said we'll just have to wait and see if she outgrows it.

Hope this helps.
M.

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K.J.

answers from Phoenix on

1% Hydrocortizone cream works, also Nutragena soap for sensitive skin.

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R.W.

answers from Phoenix on

Use aquafor it works great. If it starts to turn red then use cortaid and that will help with the red!

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J.R.

answers from Albuquerque on

I read recently that they think there's a link between Omega-3 difficiency & skin issues (eczema, etc.). I just started taking a supplement, but my friend has noticed a difference with her 4 yr old's eczema after eating more fish. Worth a try. Oh & adding to another post - I've seen the Aloe juice at Costco - with the vitamins & such.

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B.W.

answers from Phoenix on

It is eczema, or just dry skin. Use only detergent with no added perfumes or dyes, usually called 'free'. Use very gentle soap such as dove unscented. Use hypoallergenic perfume free lotion only, very hard to find, I get it behind the counter at target. If you get time and money, you can visit a dermatologist who can help.

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L.C.

answers from Flagstaff on

Find a Mary Kay consultant near you and ask for Extra Emollient Night Cream. It is the most amazing stuff! It works great on yucky dry elbows and heels too.

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P.C.

answers from Phoenix on

A.,
Help is on the way. I am a consultant with Arbonne International, a Swiss skin care company. Our products have been proven to help with psoriasis and eczema. I have letters of recommendation from Pediatritions if you are interested.
Samples are available. I am here to help.
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L.A.

answers from Albuquerque on

Hi,no your not doomed , well forever anyway.. jk I have eczema flair ups on my hands and I use a variety of lotions. I manily use avon lotion moisture therapy, vita moist also avon lotion. Sometimes a change in your hormones can cause this or stress. Thats usually when mine flairs up but it could be your hand soap sometimes anti bacterial soap or dish washing soap can cause it to irrate a little. I hope this helped. L. A

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D.P.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.,

I have the same thing on my hands. Not all over but just in patches. It drives me crazy. But I found something about a year ago that works. If you can believe it, It is the walmart brand of vaseline with vitamin e and aloe. It is called Equate vitamin E and aloe petroleum jelly. You find it in the lotion isle, usually close to the bottom shelf. It is greasy, but it works. I was so surprised. And its cheap. I tried everything, before nothing helped until this. I put it on and then I put some socks on my hands for just a little bit until it absorbs into my skin. Well I hope this helps. It did me. Good Luck!

D.

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D.S.

answers from Phoenix on

Try Noxema, it is often effective on eczema, but go see a doc. Some time ago I developed some scaly patches and they ended up being an easily treatable (where-oh-where did I pick this up?)skin fungus.

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answers from Phoenix on

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D.K.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.,

My daughter has had eczema for months. I thought it was ring worm and was told it was by her Ped Dr. We treated it like ring worm but it would not go away. The last month after her year shots it spread all over. I took her back to the Dr. and they rediagnosed it as eczema and prescribed a steriodal cream. You may need to do the same. It does seem to be working after only a couple of days.

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