New helpline for people with eczema

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Anonymous  ·  02 Oct 2008
for the last 2 years I have suffered really bad excema on my hands, some times on the legs and patches on the arms, the hands are the hardest to deal with they become very warm and I feel like I have to scratch. I went to an allergy test but feel like the only time it seems to get better is when I am on meds. I am at the stage that I feel like I am better on the meds to clear it but then it comes back. has anyone experienced anything like this and would you have any advice. I would appreciate this
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Feb 2007
anyone who is suffering from eczema in particular children should try a diet cutting out the cows produce (red meat,milk,yogurt,cheese,) from the diet but with peticular care to getting a proper diet with such substitutes as goats milk and cheese ect. I had great success with this in my two children who had chronic eczema and had gone through a heartbreaking time with it. It will not cure the allergy but could give you total control of of the condition my children are now grownup and have no problem now the earlier the diet is changed the better, - good luck
 

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Anonymous  ·  12 Oct 2006
For many years I've had periodic eczema flareups, usually on my neck and arms during times of stress. Doctors always seem to recommend a steriod creme and Aqueous moisturiser but lately I noticed the Aqueous creme making my dry skin and the condition worse, it actually seemed to be spreading. On a whim I decided to put some of my facial moisturiser on it (Dr. Hauschka Rose Creme) and it was like a miracle. Overnight there was significant improvement and within two days it was totally gone. I should note that my eczema is mild and I do know someone who is allergic to the Rose Creme so it may not suit everyone. (My own skin is quite sensitive though and I have many hayfever related allergies...I don't know what caused her allergies).
 

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bob (sandford)  ·  06 Oct 2006
Audrey.. sorry to hear about the eczema for your two children.. I am 55 years of age and have had it all my life with all the symptons that you described with the children.. The best thing I have found in all the years is an emoliant called diprobase ointment.. it also comes in a cream but I would recemend the ointment as it is a lot better from the dry itchy skin.. it has improved my condition dramatically especially after showering.. good luck..
 

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Audrey  ·  05 Oct 2006
I have had eczema since I was 24, it comes & goes, and generally I find it flares up when I am under stress or worried about things. I have 2 young daughters now. Both have eczema. My eldest daughter is 3 and lately her eczema is getting out of control. I have tried everything, e45, steroid creams (which do clear it up straight away but only to return when I stop using them), cutting back on dairy products, hoovering bed, using cotton bedlinen with very regular changes, removing cuddly toys from her room, using only pure washing powder brands, irregular baths, even changed her bedroom carpet to wooden flooring, however its flaring up. Im at a loss now for solutions and just trying aquaneous creams, emulsifying ointments & silcox base, all give 1 hrs relief then the itching starts again.... please please if you can suggest ANYTHING to help I would be very grateful....
 

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Paulette  ·  22 Sep 2006
Just visited the doctor recently about my eczema, and now i've been told it's turned to a condition called Urticaria, which tends to occur in women of my age group (40), my face is forever flaring up, and it's quite painful, as well as unsightly, has this problem happened to anyone else, and what have you done, i am taking Piritons at the moment, which seem to be having no effect.
 

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Johanna (BFY40532)  ·  20 Sep 2006
Hi, I'm unable to access the link to the Irish site, can you please provide me with an Irish contact number, address or email address that I can get in contact with them directly.

Many thanks

Johanna.
 

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Tara (WGB34572)  ·  15 Sep 2005
Paulette, i have had excema for all my life and the same thing happened to me only a couple of years ago. I stopped using any water on my face and used a cream non allegic face cleanser with emulave cream. I actually use Clinique and have had no bad reaction at all. I also think I became allergic to creams with Lanolin in as E45 etc started to burn my face, particularly around the eyes. Hope this helps - good luck.
 

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Paulette (LPW33422)  ·  24 Aug 2005
I'm 39 and has suffered with Eczema all my life, however with frequent washing of my hair and using aqueous cream on my face i have been able to control it up until now, recently i finding that my face is forever flaring up and burning me, has anyone else suffered from this and can you please advice me on any products your using.
 

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Claire (GQO19656)  ·  25 Oct 2004
Just replying to Bob re message posted on 2.10.04.
My G.P. prescribed Tacrolimus i.e. Protopic for my skin condition in November 2003. (I had heard about it some time before from my dermatologist) - Anyway, the ointment is available in Ireland and assume is in all pharmacies.
I had great hopes that this would finally be "THE" solution to my unsightly skin. However, in my case the ointment actually irritated the condition.
I can only hope that it works for you. My eczema is severe and use of steroid creams over the years has resulted in areas of desensitized skin.I am 32 and have had eczema since childhood, yet the condition has deteriorated considerably over the past ten years.
Stress is definitely a factor.
You may or may not identify with the above, but good luck with the treatment.
 

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Rachel (HZD16011)  ·  24 Sep 2004
In response to Niamh (Dietician), I have had excema all my life and have been hospitalised with it once. I have seen numerous doctors, dermatologists & dieticians and all would contradict your pompously put suggestion that diet does not factor into controlling excema. I am allergic to cow\'s protein and this is what triggers my excema (and my brother\'s) and always has. When eleminated from my diet (no cow\'s milk, cheese, milk chocolate, yoghurts, beef, etc.)my excema clears up. I have met with other people who have excema themselves or their children have and have told them about trying the diet (as it poses no harm)and in some cases it has worked for them. Obviously not all excema is cow\'s protein allergy based, but mine is, as is many others and for you as a dietician to suggest otherwise is in my opinion unprofessional and unresearched.
If anybody wishes to try the diet, it simply means to replace milk and other cow\'s products (cheese etc,) with non-cow\'s dairy products - Soya or Goat\'s milk, goat\'s or sheep\'s cheese, goat\'s or soya milk based yoghurts, plain chocolate (no fudge or toffee!)for example. The rash usually gets much worse before it gets better as your system is clearing. Once your skin is clear it may be ok to eat a limited amount of cow\'s products, with no ill side effects.
 

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Carol (Snap12)  ·  04 Nov 2002
I was told lieing in a bath with seaweed powder for 20min every day would clear my sons eczema he did that for 9 days it has made his skin very dry and sore what is the best cream to use for dry skin Carol
 

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Julie-Ann  ·  30 Oct 2001
My excema often gets infected and I need to take strong anti biotics for it! This is extremely irritating and debilitating as I have to stay off work etc.,
 

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bob (sandford)  ·  02 Oct 2001
I AM 50 YRS OLD AND HAVE SUFFERED FROM ECZEMA ALL LIFE. A NEW DRUG FOR THE TREATMENT OF ECZEMA WAS SUGGESTED TO ME [TACROLIMUS] IN AN OINTMENT FORM UNDER THE BRAND NAME OF PROTOPIC. I CANNOT FIND THIS OINTMENT HERE IN IRELAND CAN U HELP.APPARENTLY IT DOES THE SAME JOB AS STEROID OINTMENTS WITHOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS.
 

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Niamh (dietitian)  ·  19 Sep 2001
May I take this opportunity to ask readers NOT to start off another unending and pointless debate on various "diets", fad diets and such-like in this section on eczema!!! There is VERY LITTLE IF ANY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that any dietary modification is beneficial in adult sufferers, so do refrain from the tempation of false & misleading allergy tests, and grossly innapropriate diets prescribed by the "therapists". Nor have any health food shop remedies been found to be beneficial in the treatment opf eczema. However, for those of you reading this who have infants or young CHILDREN with Eczema, there are a number of nutritional interventions that are very sucessful in treating eczema in young children. If you have a child who suffers from eczema, you should contact a registered dietitian / clincial nutritionist for a medical nutritional consultation. If you decide to change your child's diet without consulting a qualified dietitian, you will probably end up doing more harm than good, and more than likely your child will end up on a nutritionlly inadequate diet, which may lead to growth failure & other problems. Contact the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute on 01 - 2804839 or www.indi.ie (search under the specialist consultants section for a registered dietitian in your area).
Regards, Niamh (Registered Dietitian & Clinical Nutritionist, Cork area)
 

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Mandy (mandyd)  ·  19 Sep 2001
In recent years I have needed to use steroid cream on a regular basis to control my eczema however in the past 12 months I have been washing with Emulsyfiying Ointment & moisturizing with Aqueous Cream (both non prescription) & have had no flare ups & no need for steroid cream.Well worth trying.
 
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