(Closed) Eczema

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Hydrocortizone cream always works for me.  Good luck with yours!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Does your current cream have a steriod in it?  I think that’s key!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

i’ve had it since i was a baby, and its never went away:(

the best ointment i have is elecon (im from ireland so im not sure if you can get it there), i dont use it all the time because i become immune to most of themover time so i just use it when i have a flare up!

another thing is antihistamine tablet, for allergies, the one i use is piriton and i swear it relieves the itchiness almost instantly.

Another thing is check to make sure you’re not allergic to anything in the creams/oinments. Im allergic to E45, probably the most common moisturizer there is, my cousin is allergic to lanolin i think? Anywho, i find eucerin the best for daily moisture, hope this helps:)

oh! one more thing, food allergies!! too much dairy, tomatoes or strawberries make me have huge flare ups, so maybe cut them back for a few days to see if it helps.

AND!! (im writing a novel here:P ) heat – it drives my skin nuts, especially when i sleep so if you’re the same maybe leave a window or put a fan on at night, a scratch in my sleep, not a pretty sight in the morning :S

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

UGh eczema is the worst!!! I dealt with it for years. Luckily I havent had a flare up in a while (crossing my fingers) but when I did the best thing was something called Fluticasone Propionate – it is the ONLY thing that worked for me. Also, make sure you wash your clothes in dye and scent free detergent, dont use dryer sheets (even the “free” ones can cause a flare up) wash with a non-scented and dye-free soap and only use scent free lotion. Its a pain in the ass but thats the best thing. You can only get fluticasone propionate from a doctor.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@PitBulLover: I’m confused…did you use the fluticasone in a cream?  I have that in a nasal spray as generic Flonase.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m so sorry. I used to have the WORST eczema on my hands and feet for years. it was so bad, I refused to shake people’s hands, and I couldn’t bear to wear sandals (I was too embarrased)! I lived in a hot climate at the time (New Mexico) and I worked in restaurants, so I tended to be around a lot of water & steam in the kitchen. My eczema flared up when it was hot. the more humidity I was exposed to, the worse it got. 

after I moved to Seattle, my eczema mostly went away. so I’m pretty sure it was the climate change that did it, and/or the fact that I don’t work in wet environments any more.  but everybody is different. for some people, flareups happen when it gets dry. not for me!

but it could have also been a coincidence. I heard that some people outgrow it eventually. maybe it was my time.

I read about a couple of things that I wish I knew about back then:

1. a mild soak in bleach. I mean mild, like a capful in a tub of water. (that makes me wonder if also a swim in a pool would also help because of the chlorine? not sure.)

2. jut like the other posters said above: allergies! I read that nutrition can greatly impact your skin, especially food allergies, and especially dairy or wheat allergies (or intolerances). it’s worth a try! maybe a nutritionist might help you? skin is greatly impacted by what we put into our bodies!

hydrocortosone helps. fyi: is a mild steroid. you can get stronger doses of it prescribed to you. however, my dermatologist told me that you don’t want to use steroids for very long, they actually thin your skin. (ironic, right? steroids bulk up muscles, but make your skin weak!) he told me that I could only use it for 2 weeks, and then I should take a 2 week break.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@missyjane77: Yes it is a cream called Fluticasone Propionate.

Here is some info about it – http://www.medicinenet.com/fluticasone_propionate-topical/article.htm

Hydrocortizone cream did not work for me at all. This was the only topical thing that did. The only other thing that helped me was taking Prednisone for a 12 day period. It made the eczema go away almost instantly but since you cant take Prednisone very often I only did it the one time.

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