What Can I Do About Excema?

Updated on July 15, 2009
S.S. asks from Troy, MI
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I think I have excema on my hand between my fingers. It is a red bumpy rash and is itchy.
It started between my last two fingers and is also between the last three fingers.

Should I see a dermotologist? Or is there something over the counter I can use?

I am 22 weeks pregnant but I wouldn't think cream for excema would hurt.????

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G.B.

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I know several people who use Aquaphor cream. It's in a fat navy & white tube, made by the Eucerine people and usually near that at any drugstore counter. A little pricey but lasta a long time. Great for chapped lips too.

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S.F.

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My kids both have excema. Dr. said aquafer. I have a few samples if you needs some. It is rather expensive.

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M.L.

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Hi! Oh my, I feel your pain! I have had excema my whole life. I went to the mayo clinic when I was 5 for 2 weeks for it. Definitely ask your Dr. since you are pregnant, because nothing is worth affecting your baby in any way. I cut hair, and sometimes I get it really bad on my knuckle and in between my fingers. I get it near my eyes, under my nose, on my neck, on my inner thighs, on the middle of my chest and on the creases of my knees and elbows. Throughout my childhood I had that plus on my wrists and ankles, and it was constant. I would be wrapped in wet gauze covered by towels safety pinned shut every night for bed and had vanicream to put on me daily. It was horrible! So I am thankful I have grown out of most of that, but what I have now is an RX of Triamcinolon 0.1% that I apply during flair ups. I had an RX for some expensive cream I was going to have to get but my Pharmacist suggested using Lanacane itch cream and Eucerin Calming Cream instead, since the med. was basically those 2 mixed, just at a bit of a higher dose. So I top the Triamcinalon with Lanacane and Eucerin and it works great for me. As soon as the itchies start coming, I do that for a few days and it takes it away. I would ask your Dr. about the RX for Triamcinalon (may have to wait till after pregnancy) and try the lanacane and Eucerin as well. I hope you can get the relief you need!!! I know how horribly annoying it can be. Let me know if you have any more questions about it...blessings to you and your little peanut on the way :o )

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C.C.

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S.,

I too suffer with eczema on my hands and it sounds exactly like what mine looks like. If the red bumps are filled with fluid it could be a combination of eczema and a fungus. I've struggled with this for years (including through pregnancy)and finally found a medication (prescribed by my doctor)that works when I have flareups. If you're interested in knowing the name just let me know (I don't have it in front of me right now and it's a long name :)

Other things that have worked for me are using gloves to do dishes, any household cleaning, gardening, etc. Keep your hands moisturized as flareups usually occur when your hands are dry. When the baby arrives consider using those thin plastic disposable gloves for diaper changes as this was always a very rough time for me due to the frequent hand washing - it drys out the skin even more.

I hope this helps.

C.

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D.P.

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S., I am 54 year old mother of 3 plus 3 with 11 GrandBabies. This is what I would advise my own loved ones. Please do not use a cream that is full of toxins as these will be drawn right down into your blood stream and thus into your Little Ones. Please take a look at something that has blessed our lives in ways beyond our dreams. I have a passion to share this with all that have ears to hear that we have choices that are safe and toxin free that really work. Not just mask or hide the problems but actually address them.
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K.M.

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you can see a dermatologist. or start putting hand cream on thats oily. i use areally good one the dermatologist gave me called cerva.

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D.M.

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Hi S.---You might also have a fungal infection, like athletes foot. If the cortisone creams don't work, you might try an anti-fungal.

My husband had eczema but it sould be on his arms or legs, not between fingers.

I've also heard that taking fish and/or flax oils can help with skin disorders. I would actually recommend freshly ground flaxseeds, as it is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids as well as lots of fiber that has cancer fighting properties. It also has lots of vitamins and minerals so the ground seeds are superior to flax oil by itself. Grind as you use them and use asap as the oils can get rancid quickly.

I am a health educator, having taken a series of wellness classes offered by a Naturopath who has her PhD in nutrition. Feel free to call me if you have questions about this post. I do not charge for 'consultations'. It is my honor to help people learn how to achieve optimal health.

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R.

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Yes ask your ob/gyn what he/she thinks if they think it requires a visit to the dermatologist then they will recommend one...but in the mean time I would agree with you that a good cream couldn't hurt. My son had a lot of success with Cetaphil Cream. Also you might want to stop using items that contain colors, fragrances, or dyes (soaps, detergents, lotions, etc) and drink lots of water.

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K.A.

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Could be psoriasis. That`s how my friends started-was on her feet and hands.

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S.K.

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I use a lotion called "Renew". It has helped with my skin condition, which is similiar. However, I do have friends with ezcema that the "Renew " has helped, it is a natural product, so you don't have worry about using steriod creams.

S.

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H.B.

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Does anyone else have this? I ask because it could also be scabies, as they like between the fingers, and is very contagious. I would check in with the Dr.

H. RN

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C.M.

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S.,

Eurcerin Cream in the jar will help with this. Also a prescription strength hydrocortisone medication will help with the itching. I had excema from the time my hubby and I started trying to get pregnant with our daughter until 6 months after I had her. We tried for a year and a half. She is now 19. Our 13 year old son also excema when he was a baby. Eurcerin is what I used on him.

Mareellen

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A.H.

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Tea Tree Oil. YOu can get an oil or an cream.

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N.W.

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I would try Aquaphor. It works wonders. Wear cotton gloves at night after lathering it on. If it doesn't improve in one or two days, call your OB.

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A.K.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! Try a 1% cortizone cream. The store brands (Meijer, Target) do a good job.

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C.P.

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Hi S.,

I also suffer from a red bumpy rash that's very itchy and painful sometimes. It is between the last three fingers on my hand and it forms small blisters at times. I seems to flair up at times and then goes away for awhile. Also, a common place to get it is on your feet. I've had it for probably 10 years and still can't figure out what it the cause of it.

The Derm told me it was Pustular Exema. There are numerous causes for it. Anything from an allergy to a mild infection that just lives in the body. I have tried 2 different things for it. An antibiotic called Kelfex and another time a topical steroid cream.

I would definately suggest going to the Dermatologist because a lot of steroid cream and antibiotics are not to be used when your pregnant.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

C.

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R.B.

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S.,
From what I am reading you are not someone who wants to mess with Rx, or chemical based creams with side effects.
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B.A.

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I would recommend Arbonne's cleansing gel & hand cream. Arbonne is a company that makes Swiss-formulated products that are pure, safe and beneficial. There are no artificial dyes or fragrances (which can be very irritating to sensitive skin) and all of their products come with a $$$ back guarantee. When my children were your children's age my hands would crack and split & had very sore little red bumps on them. I was always washing my hands because I was either feeding someone or changing a diaper it seemed. When I started using the Arbonne products my hands totally cleared up. I am now a consultant. You can email or call me if you are interested in trying it. My home # is ###-###-#### or you can respond to this email. Good luck.
Barb

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A.S.

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Hello S. - I would apply hydrocortisone cream a few times a day and see how that goes - take care - Alison

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B.V.

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Excema is very typical with the high hormones in pregnancy. Try the over the counter hydrocortizone, but ask your doctor at your next visit for a stronger steriod creme, and it'll get rid of it faster.

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P.R.

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You should see the Dr. my girls have eczema and its more like a white blotchy patch of dry skin with bumps. I'll read your responses maybe theres variations of it.If it is eczema then a hyrocortizone ointments works well.

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N.O.

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My pediatrician has always recommended trying Aquafor ointment whenever my son has excema or any other type of rash. We haven't had really serious outbreaks to deal with however it has worked everytime.

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C.M.

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I developed "the itchies" in the last 2-3 months with my third baby. It could be your pregnancy. I had never heard it before, but when I delivered, the nurses said it was VERY common. Mine was mainly on my feet, but I itched everywhere. As soon as I went into labor it stopped...wierd. You might try NOT drinking any milk. Congrats on #3!

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