Post # 1
I was recently diagnosed with follicular eczema after years of breaking out randomly. It took 3 doctors to figure out what the heck was wrong with me. -_- The breakouts always appear in the same spots – hands, behind the knees, calves, stomach, elbows, inner thighs. Fortunately I’ve only had it on my face once.
It’s very treatable with prednisone but after taking them for about two months, I gained over 20lb and nearly lost my mind (insomnia, dizziness, delirium). I have sworn off them forever.
I have no idea what triggers the breakouts but stress is sometimes one, or it just exacerbates an existing breakout (I was one big welt after my aunt died). This week has been not-so-great and I’m already feeling the itchiness behind my knees right now.
Does anyone else have the same condition? How do you keep your breakouts in check? I’m really worried that the wedding is going to trigger one hell of a breakout and I refuse to treat it with steroids.
Post # 4
I feel your pain! I get breakouts on my thighs, chest, scalp and on the right side of my face My doctor had prescribed everything possible and I refuse to take the steroids.
I’ve found that my skin is better when I’ve had some sun. (except my scalp) In the winter months I try to go tanning twice a month for only 5 or 6 mins to keep my break outs under control.
I have to be careful of the face products that I use, so far Mario Badescu has been great. I also keep a bottle of baby oil in the shower and after I wash I rub it all over. It keeps my skin nice and moisturized which seems to help too.
Certain fabrics seem to irritate my skin as well. I need to wear soft natural fibers or I’m a mess.
Best of luck to you
Post # 5
@piglover: Thanks! I have been considering Mario Badescu. Right now I use Philosophy and Dr. Perricone and my face has been ok.
You might have something there with the tanning. I had more breakouts in the spring and summer, but I worked on my tan a couple months ago and it’s been better. I never even noticed the pattern.
My body doesn’t like acrylic anything. Sweaters, blankets, and I get red and itchy.
Post # 6
I have eczema and I have since I was a child.
I mostly get red spots I the places you are talking about as well
My eczema gets much better every year as I get older but I did have a bad break out a year ago.
This may sound silly, but please try this!!
Mix a half cup or so of regular bleach into a bath. Make sure you soak everywhere for at least 10 mins. Quickly rince the bleach off. Then immediately cream up (if you have prescribed creams, use them) if not, regular vascelene or petroleum jelly all over you.
Prednisone is very serious and has huge risks. Don’t do it. I instead recommend mild topical steroids like betaderm. Pm me if you want more info etc, I’m just on my phone now, so it’s hard to write a lot.
Post # 7
@WestCoast: OMG woah! You bathe in bleach!?!?! Even a diluted solution sounds dangerous on so many levels. Where did you hear that idea? Aren’t you worried about what the bleach will do to your lady parts?
Post # 8
I’ve used many cortisone creams and find betnovate the best however for stress and controlling eczema….accupuncture works straight away.
Post # 9
Bleach? I’ll do some research because that sounds scary. 🙂 And yes, prednisone is horrible.
I’ve been using betaderm for awhile and it works ok. If the breakout isn’t bad, the cream usually helps it go away within a couple days. If it’s stress-induced, they can last for weeks.
I have considered accupuncture lately. Fi’s skeptical about it but my Maid/Matron of Honor goes for her various ailments and the treatments help her. ::shrug::
Post # 10
I read about the bleach in a reputable journal. A dermotologist was using it on young kids with eczema and most of the time it helped and I don’t think there were any problems, or if there were it was in a very very small percentage of the kids. At the concentration used, it’s no where near the issue you’d have with a public swimming pool. I’ll go see if I can dig it up.
Post # 11
I was sceptical too but I have back pain frmo a car accident and it’s the only thing that helps. I also have friends who have used it to help them get pregnant…..I’d give it a whirl!
Post # 12
I had eczema on my ankle as a child… red itchy scaly bumps. Supposedly soaking in salt water is supposed to be good for it. Maybe try avoiding certain foods… bananas, strawberries, pork, milk, and quite a few other things could cause an allergy.
My fiance has psoriosis on his hands, so I can understand what you’re going through! Hope you find some relief soon.