Stop using water (eczema)
Just wondering, sounds drastic, i know, but has anyone ever tried not using any products at all for some time to see if this helped? obviously this means washing only in water
Was forced into this for a couple of days before when travelling. Not nice results. Itchy/dry following and again next day.
Have had same situation when travelling and doing some freshwater swimming during the day, then no shower til the following night.
Seawater not as bad though I think....
... elave is good but she says it stings so i stopped for a while -
Do you use straight after shower/wash? I try to let my skin "dry" a little first - maybe only 10mins, not too long.
As regards Parafin, I've no experience there, but I think I did try the Elave after bath oil once and pretty sure I got very rashy after it.
I think I mentioned earlier, but the following are key for me:
1. Duration in water - hence shower is better, and using directional shower head/hose so that whole body not constantly under water.
2. Water temp - too warm/hot dries out more. I also rinse cold (good luck getting a 5 year old to do that though! :) ) which I find helps a lot as I don't sweat then which means the skin doesnt get as rashy.
Just wondering, sounds drastic, i know, but has anyone ever tried not using any products at all for some time to see if this helped? obviously this means washing only in water but im thinking of doing this for a couple of weeks with my five year old, (after clearing her up with steroids first, betnovate 4 in 1 does clear her but as soon as i stop and go back to moisturisers she flares up right away) Have gone through ever cream going, sls is even in silcocks which i used to wash her in and in the emulsifying lotion that the consultant dermatologist recomended, (as well as paraffin gel which i know has no sls) but even these, im convinced, caused a flare up, her skin is so highly sensitive. doc just ignored me when i said i thought her recomendations caused flare ups. I have, like others here, found that elave is good but she says it stings so i stopped for a while - also, does anyone know if paraffin could cause alergies - the jury is still out on this one at the mo, was thinking i might try using the elave body oil, which only has paraffin and one other ingredient, on her when i try this new regeme if her skin is extremely dry after bath - any ideas, suggestions very welcome, thanks. p.s julie, if you see this, what did your doc say when you suggested bathing in bottled water?
my son has same condition, i found that sanex is great for him and also i use fairy non bio in his washing and also use pure confort in his wash,
I know someone who used phototherapy, so possibly sunbeds would besuccessful. Although its probably safer to have phototherapy under supervision. This person also improves in a warm, sunny climate.
thanks for that, have you tried acupuncture?
Not used sunbeds no. But I would like to comment on the rest of the thread.
I'm 27, male, have eczema since birth, along with other alergies.
In relation to not showering, I think the issue is more in relation to the products and method used.
What works for me is:
1. Use Elave Shower Gel (I also use their Moisturiser - I'm using their stuff for maybe 13-14years now and I can honestly say that no other cream comes near them - not greasy, quickly absorbed, extremely gentle - I cant even tolerate E45!)
2. I wet myself first (sounds bad.... :) ) i.e. warm (NOT hot-this is important) all over first, then I TURN OFF the shower while I "lather"/wash with the elave, then I turn it back on to rinse - and I turn it off immediately after I'm rinsed. If I'm somewhere with a removable shower head I take it in my hand and only direct it as needed to rinse - minimising the amount of time that my skin is exposed to water.
3. I rinse with cold water - which helps as the cold water soothes somewhat and also the pores to close up which helps stops me sweating after the shower . I shower generally only once a day but I do shower pretty much every day as I am either swimming/in the gym or doing some form of exercise.
Has anyone (adult) any experience of sunbed for treatment of eczema, I am in my thirties, and have tried everything!
I tried that range, didn\'t find it very effective but as they say different strokes for different folks, what may not work for me might do the try for you. Like yourself I suffer with it on my neck and face got a cream called lipocream which was brilliant but has been taken of the market but you ask your phamacist for a similar product.
At this stage, my son went to doctor and chatted to him about it all. He is doing his L/Cert and they both agreed on a course of action. I don't go with him to the doctor at this stage - he is 18 etc etc. So he is on a course of steroids (a bit freaked) - never did this before! We are going to finish as he has started. But I am going to discuss the 'no water' again. I feel it 'in my waters' if you'll excuse the expression, that it needs to be tried out - I know that it is the way to go 'cos I dread it so much.
I presume I can get the Celephil over the counter - we're going to give it a shot. Thanks again for your response.
I would appreciate your help and comments - anyone's help actually.
I did the exact same as yourself I elimnated every thing else and found it to be the water. I used to shower on a daily basis and noticed after every shower my skin would become inflammed and red raw, I had baths and like yourself my skin cleared up in a matter of days. I couldnt get over the change I do shower now but not as regularly as I did in the past and I tend to leave my showers till night time.