Skin Problems

Updated on January 22, 2008
L.F. asks from Mount Pleasant, SC
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My grandaughter has dealt with skins lsions on her legs for over three years, some times infection incurs because she says she cannot stop scractching , i have done everything, tries all creams and the antibotic creams make them worse. They start out as ant bites and or miscotio bites then it gets worse from there. It takes months to clear upand yes mrsa was found in a culture we had done

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Currently we r seeing her allergist again,with blood work and patch testing also we r trying to get into musc dermatology. Also seeing a behavior specialist .i haved tried as it seems anyhow, everything on her that isnt moving or has legs.my fears were recognized this past november when i requested that a culture be taken of one of her many sores. School was calling seems like every day. Now she is homebound until all concerned are sastisfied that she no longer poses a threat to the school community. Which i totally understand but yet dis heartened for her. My grandaughter also is a special needs child with developmental delays and prfoundly deaf in left ear.needless to say i cannot work until we get to the root of this problem.so there r lots of issues going on, if i could find the time i would be drowning at this moment. Good thing time is not my friend now. Thanks for all input will keep everyone posted as they arrive

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S.D.

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Melaleuca is a product that is an anti-bacteria anti-inflammatory agent. The melaleuca oil T36-C5 is one of many products that will treat bites also Renew lotion has melaleuca oil and it is an intensive therapy for dry skin or anything that is causing irritation. If you would like more information or would like to try the products, please contact me
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M.H.

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Hi L.,

Kristie is right about the tea tree oil but be careful with inferior brands as tea tree oil can be caustic and drying. Melaleuca brand oil (Melaleuca oil is tea tree oil but tea tree oil is not necessarily melaleuca oil)is the highest grade you can find and is not caustic.

There are also issues that you may not have realized. I know this because my 89 year old Dad suffered all his life with the same problem until he was 84. That's when we found a phenominal lotion called Renew. It has been tested in a double blind study against Eucerin which is what Dermatologists recommend most. It was superior in all categories studied! His ezcema and his psorasis and those skin lesions that go along with it healed. We also changed his laundry detergent, because anything irritating on your skin will cause a break out. Soaps and shampoos are also an issue.

If your granddaughter stops itching, then the scratching will end. It would be great to not have to worry about infection anymore. Let me know if you would like to know more.

Regards,

M.

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S.

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My son has had skin problems since he was really little. the doctor gave him the lotion "Elidel" that has always resolved the issue. He has eczema and it keeps coming back in winter time when the air is dry beacuse of the heat at home, but Elidel really helps eliminate the scratchy spots and the severely dry skin patches. Maybe if you treat the dryness in time you can avoid it to become too bothersome and not get infected? i would try. Good luck.

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C.H.

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The only skin condition Im familar with that causes itching an irritation is eczema. Is it possible that she has that? When we first learned by oldest had it is was b/c something came up on the back of his leg that resembled a ringworm but after trying ringworm medicine and it getting worse and more painful I took him to the doctor and learned it was eczema. And we just recently learned that my neice also has it. I cant say for sure, only a guess. I could give you a more def answer if I seen them.Also, have you tried taking her to the doctor?

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A.M.

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My godsister's child has a similar problem. When she gets a bite, they have to immediately put some medicine on it and bandage it to prevent it from getting WAY out of control. I will try to find out what it is they use. I noticed another responder said to use Tea Tree Oil - be very careful if you decide to try it. I love natural products and use organics etc as often as possible but they say that tea tree oil in concentration can cause further skin irritation, can cause hormonal disruptions especially in boys, and can make bites etc. more resistant to antibiotics should they be needed. I would go cautiously on that remedy especially if MRSA is suspected.

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J.F.

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Believe it or not, food sensitivities and allergies can cause a HUGE amount of problems.

I am 31 now, and have literally been diagnosed with excema, staff infections and psoriasis by the time I was about 15, and since then they've just gotten more complex and I can' tremember the name for the newest skin problems. When I got pregnant I got large swollen round red lesions (size of an apple, with clear skin in the middle). Always perfectly round. It was the weirdest thing anyone had ever seen, but cleared up with a heavy duty hydrocortisone based precription. Then I got this persistent rash on my chin and lower cheek area that Cleocin seemed to clear up. It seems like I've had every prescriiption for skin I think they make. They always blamed my skin problems on allergies. I have a huge hunk that was taken out of my back unneccessarily because they didn't know what it was. I'd get bumps - that look like a mosquito bite, but it's the middle of winter and I haven't seen a bug in months! They itch and sting like crazy and NOTHING helps.

Along with all the skin problems, I have had stomach problems since high school. I've been to dr.'s for years to hear it's gas or acid, then IBD more recently, and it has gotten progressively worse over the years and finally, most recently, I was diagnosed after a colonoscopy with Crohns Disease (a chronic intestinal disease).

I began having what felt like labor pains when I finally went in for the colonoscopy, and the dr told me they may need to take part of my intestines out, and that I would have to START OUT by getting onto this prescription that costs almost $400/mo. (w/ insurance) and will deteriorate my liver (dr didn't tell me this the internet did), I became desperate for other answers. I reached out to all my contacts (I'm very active in the Cobb Chamber and many other associations) and was recommended by several chiropractors to a Dr. Lee. He is a physician across from Kennestone Hospital but specializes in homepathy. So he can give you both homeopathic and prescription meds if necc., which is what appealed to me about him. Well he did a big round of blood tests on me and was able to determine how to appropriatly change my diet and I no longer have any skin problems or stomach pains either (as long as I stay on my diet). I have extreme food allergies and sensitivities so my diet is strict. But if I slip (like over the holidays) I notice the difference immediately! Makes the diet all worthwhile when I get to see the pain I used to be in. I notice skin itchies and bumps immediately and my stomach swells like I'm 7 mos pregnant even from one day of bad cheating. If you live nearby I can give you Dr. Lee's number, but if you're in another city or state, I can see if I can find a good dr he recommends? Let me know if you'd like... I'll tell you in advance that he does not file insurance but some insurance companies will cover part of it if you file it yourself. Also, the blood testing I did was $950 - my first visit! When they told me how much it would cost I almost choked, and I called my husband and told him. He said, with no hesitation, to take it. I thought he was crazy, but did it, reluctantly. I had to wait two weeks for the results and was frustrated, but now I am so greatful that my husband was the way he was about it, because otherwise I'd have never done it, and I would still be in pain every night and may have been in the hospital at Christmas. Here is a site that may help - this is the co that did my bloodwork and they had pamphlets at my dr ofc that helped me...

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Hey there,
Have you tried Aloette skin care. I sell it and it is great for all types of skin conditions because we use pharmesuetical aloe vera. It heals and protects. It is the best!! It is also 1005 natural. Call me if you are interested
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D.H.

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L.,

How old is your grandaughter? I had a skin-itching problem in high school and college. It ended up that I was very, very anxious (nervous and stressed out) because of tests, boyfriends, etc. Your grandaughter should try to overcome the temptation to scratch and consult a primary care physician. If she can pin-point the cause of the rash, she can hopefully overcome the problem. I also had the "pregnancy" rash...lots of little "mosquito bites" on my legs that itched so bad I thought I would lose my mind. This started before I had my daughter and did not end until she was about 2 months old. The itching was sooo bad!!! Nothing helped this rash except time and figuring out how to be a mother! Once everything fell into place, the rash went away (I think it was nerves again!). Hope this helps!
D. H

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N.H.

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The MRSA part of this is scary! I agree that nerves or anxiety may be playing a role, but I of course am unaware of your granddaughter's history. I assume you have taken her to at least one dermatologist - if you haven't gotten a second or third opinion I would do so. If they have no explanation for the itching (psoriasis, excema), maybe try getting her to a therapist for some counseling to see if there is any anxiety issue going on. If she is old enough to understand and not be totally freaked out, she has to know that scratching to the point of an infection like MRSA can have detrimental effects for her. God bless you both and good luck!

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My husband is in the hospital with Mrsa. He went in on monday. What were were told was that once you have it anything can cause it to come back. The doctor described it as being colonized. I guess once you get it it creates a colony in your nose. He said that there is some stuff they can put in the nose for 5 days to get rid of the colony.

My husband got it again by stepping on one of my daughters toys and it sliced his foot.

I don't know if this is of any use to you.

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A.C.

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My great-grandmother had a similar problem all her life. She had to see a dermatologist and take oral meds to make a difference. Her's was genetic (don't remember the name sorry). It's not hereditary though

If the creams aren't working try seeing a specialist.

Good luck!

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K.R.

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Hi L., My son has had excema and his mospuita bites turn out to be sores really bad also. I have found a treatment that may help and I work with a company that makes all their products for your health and safety. I get all my stuff from them. I would be glad to tell you about it and I know it will help your granddaughter. In the meantime, go to the health food store or Target Pharmacy and get some tea tree oil. It will work miracles for her skin. I bath my kids in it to heal their skin. I hope this helps and let me know Please.
K. S

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