Eczema

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orla (TSA28518)  ·  01 Oct 2008
Dublin Girl take Milk thistle drops 3 times a day and your itch will go completely, well it worked for me....20 drops in the morning,evening and afternoon, works wonders!!
 

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Dublin girl  ·  30 Sep 2008
:( The lipikar/hydrocortisone combo is not really working our for me in the long term. If I stop the hydrocortisone, the lipikar alone is not enough, and if I forget to take an antihistamine (or run out) the itching is pretty intense. Sigh.

Have no idea if it will help, but have made an appoinment with Sean Boylan's helrbal medicine clinic in Dunboyne. He effectively cured my allergies when I was younger, but the stuff to take was foul. Practially made me ill. Took it for two years though. After that I refused anymore. Hoping the grown up in me can stomach something and that it will help. don't know, but at this stage it can't hurt.

Let you know how it goes!
 

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CiaraFitz  ·  22 Sep 2008
I suggest reading this article from ICIM Medics:
http://www.icim.ie/articles/eczema.htm
 

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dublin mammy  ·  18 Aug 2008
Yes i found that if i don't bathe my son too often it's better for his skin.. i now remember that lipikar cream. it was recommended for my son and we had great reports about it, but when i got it and used it he couldnt bear it, it stung so much when applied. some of those creams do have alcohol in them or something that would be astringent and sting very dry or sore skin, so i have had to be very careful which ones i buy. i have no idea why the manufacturers put something like alcohol in such a cream because it would dry out the skin? i think that everyone has their own level and there's one thing that works better for them but not necessarily for others. it's finding that thing that is the difficulty!
 

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Angie (PWA73296)  ·  17 Aug 2008
I have suffered with bad excema all my life, like other people it got worse in my late twenties from stress.
I recently read someone's message saying not to use water at all on the skin, and do you know I have have not put water on my face for a month now. Twice a day a smother emulsifyer (and recently Cetaphil lotion) all over my face and then wipe it off with a cloth. Either will do...
My skin had never been so soft and smooth like a peach, I have not had skin like this since I was fifteen (I'm now in my thirties). I really reccommend anyone try this, its the longest I've gone without using Elocon or protopic, which I didn't like, but had no other choice...I found it difficult not to shower, so I only have one minute showers, but do not get a drop of water on my face (which is where I've had it worst).
Thank you to the person that wrote that message....I've never been so happy.
 

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Dublin girl  ·  15 Aug 2008
Hi. The La Roche Posay emollient is "Lipikar" a "lipid replenishing body emmolient". I've seen it in a couple of pahrmacies, but thought it was just another brand like Roc or nivea or something, so paid it no attention (and also assumed it would cost the earth). I don't know how well it would work without the hydrocortisone, but I do know I've never had such a quick reaction to a hydricortisone alone before, so maybe...I was on their website last night and they have a section for parent and children with eczema, and have formulated some of their products with eczema in mind...it could be worth trying it on a small patch of your sons skin to see. I applied it four times yesterday and three today so far. It's not that greasy and is absorbed well by my skin, and my skin feels SO much better.

I live in Smithfield. Didn't get to Boots and didn't think of a health shop, just looked in a few pharmacies. The box of capsules will only last me another two weeks anyway, so I'll call into a health shop and check it out. Even if this cream does help alot, taking something to help my skin stay moist has got to help.
 

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orla (TSA28518)  ·  15 Aug 2008
Hi Everyone, whats the name of the emollient by La Roche-Posay I must give it a try. I use the silcocks base everyday but it sometimes my skin is really dry and its not as good. In relation to the oil I drink two teaspoons of starflower oil and beauty oil (combination of oils) Viridian from the health food shop every day, I wouldn't take the capsules because you need to take round 10 to see a difference
 

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dublin mammy  ·  15 Aug 2008
hi. where are you living that you cant get that eye q oil. it's in all boots and health food shops and most chemists as far as i know in ireland and UK. anyway if you cant get it, just simply take a large dose of marine fish oil or similar as well as your evening primrose. i think you can take your 2000 mg that shoudl make a big difference. it does take a couple of weeks, becuase i think treating these things by diet takes a bit longer but are more effective long term.. you seem to have it sussed as regards the creams. i must get that new emollient for my son for his very dry skin. do you think it would be effective on it's own with no steroid cream? i cant use that on him he seems to have a reaction to it.

good luck and keep us posted with your progress. could you just try smothering your eyes at night with vaseline. for some people this seems to be a great source of comfort. and a tiny bit during the day too, it actually looks quite nice as an 'eyeshadow' !
 

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Dublin girl  ·  14 Aug 2008
Just htought I'd give you guys an update, i couldn't find the eye-q oil in any of my local pharmacies, so I settled on some evening primrose oil. Then today I went to see about getting some new 1% hydrocortisone. I was checking if the ointment was also available OTC (it isn't) and so the pahrmacist came out to me to have a quick chat. I showed her my arms and she reccommended an emollient by La Roche-Posay, specifically made for very dry skin in adults and children. She said it's very good for carrying creams into the skin. Said to put it on, wait 10 mins, then put on the hydrocortisone. I did that, then about an hour later put another little bit of the La Roche-Posay on, and again an hour later. Well the difference in my skin between 3pm and 9pm!! My name had been really really tight and uncomfortable all day and my skin really really irritating. The inflammation is down, the redness so much less, I'm not itchy. I am over the moon!! A 200 mL tube, 15. and another 4 for the hydrocortisone. 9 for my evening primrose oil. I haven't felt so comfortable in ages :):) And It's suitable for use on the face (just not the eyes unfortunately, so now they're my only problem).

Delighted.

One other question, does anyone know how much evening primrose oil one can take? I'm taking 2000mg of an evening primrose oil/starflower oil combo a day. The box says not to exceed the RDA, but then in the nutritional info, there's a star for RDA, and it says RDA has not yet been established!

I'll keep you updated on how the La Roche-Posay treatment goes. But I do feel very good!

:)
 

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dublin mammy  ·  12 Aug 2008
oh. thanks for that. yes i dont feel like i'm shouting down a echo-y pipe now! cos at one time i was the only one that read the bumpf and internet information on Protopic. in fact very few people had ever heard of it at all. Dont get me wrong i think it's fantastic cream and sounds like your type of eczema would benefit from it, but the warning not to put that part of the skin with the protopic treatment on it into direct sunlight sparked me to go look deeper into its properties. i was just concerned that a cream, that was at the time brand new on the market and not really given to small children under 2, might be doing more harm than good long term and that enough research was not done into it. it works so fantastically, better than the 1% cortisone, which ended up being the reason we brought him to this specialist in the first place.
he was covered in septic sores after using the steroid cream. i had only put it on his arms and legs because we were away on holiday and i wanted him to be able to get in the pool. the doctor told me that with steroid cream you are pushing the problem inside and it has to find another way out, in a way. this made sense to me becuase that was what it looked like it was doing. i dont choose medicine over homeopathic treaments, whatever works is fine by me, but i do think with things like eczema and the like that it is diet related to a large degree and when it was suggested to me that the fish oil and primrose oils which are so much a part of other cultures's diet (who dont have the high percentage of eczema and asthma) might solve my problem i thought what have i got to lose.
and in the end after all the emolients and potions it was indeed just that that worked for him in the end. he still has very dry skin but totally manageable now. i'd be surprised if you dont see at least some improvement with your problem from using the evening primrose. but i would say to you take large doses to start and team it with the fish oil. try the eye-q oil it has both and u can get it in a bottle and just simply take a big 15ml swig of it every day. it's not that nice but much nicer than udos choice, which was just too hard to take.
good luck and let us know how you get on.
 

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Dublin girl  ·  12 Aug 2008
Dublin mammy, I have never used protopic before. You are worried about it dampening your childs immune system. If it's atopic eczema anyway, this shouldn't be a problem. A lot of allergies (including atopic eczema) arise from an overactive immune system, which sees lots of harmless things as "danger" and responds to them, in general allergies :( I'm assuming protopic only dampens down the immune response slightly, which in someone with a hyperactive immune system, is hopefully a good thing. I'm not totally talking out of my hat either, I have a degree in biology and took immunology courses. I have a lot of belief in the "overactive immune system" theory for allergies.

As for myself, I'm 24 and have had eczema affecting different parts of my body on and off since I can remember. (I was one of THOSE children though, with terrible asmtha, hayfever, dust/animal allergies and eczema. the whole shebang!). Anyhow, I have eczema on my elbows, my back, shoulders and neck. It's very much stress related with me (or at least since my late teens/twenties it has been). Oh and leaving Ireland pretty much cures me of everything. I'm emigrating when I leave college. I'm not kidding. Leaving this country for a drier, warmer climate. In the last few months I am having alot of problems because my eyelids are drying up now too-has anyone else had this problem? With all my skin, eyelids included, I have been prescribed hydrocortisone (after fucidin failed) and have used it till the eczema cleared and for a good week after and then gone onto emmoilients, but it keeps coming back. The doctor told me 1% hydrocortisone was ok for my eyes short term, but I am uncomfortable using it. I need to find something that works longterm.

After reading all these comments I'm going out to buy some evening primrose oil tomorrow. And really hoping it works. I'll let you know...in the meantime I'm literally sitting beside a tub of emulsifying ointment. It's not making it much better, but at least it's not getting worse...
 

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Anonymous  ·  29 Jul 2008
I am a long term sufferer of eczema. Following many allergy problems, I have started taking allergy drops(instead of the shots). Does anyone know if this could make my eczema worse?
 

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Anonymous  ·  28 Jul 2008
Hi Everyone, I am 28 and have eczema since I was 5. I started acupuncture in January and go maybe once a month now. It has definetely helped me allot and it builds up your immune system which in turn helps your skin. Also I have started taking Milk Thistle which gets rid of the itch completely and my skin has never been as good before. I havent got a flare up since I started taking it, twice a day 40 drops in the morning and 40 in the evening. If your liver cant detox all the food, drink you eat on a daily basis then it comes out through your skin, the milk thistle supports your liver in detoxifying everyday foods etc. Also I drink star flower oil twice a day also and that has got rid of the dryness. Capsules are no good because you need to take around 10 a day to have an effect. Drinking oil has an immediate effect on your skin. I have tried everything and anything and found a combination of milk thistle and star flower oil has got rid of it 98% for me. Hope this helps, let me konw how ye get on?
 

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Anonymous  ·  22 Jul 2008
As a suggestion to the lady whose husband is suffering from cracks between his toes, there is a product called 'Snowfire Healing Tablet' which is a solid emollient ointment, which can be purchased over the Internet quite cheaply. I have used this product for many years and although quite solid, when a small amount is rubbed between finger and thumb, it becomes soft enough to massage into a sensitive shin break. I typically use it a coupe of times a day for 4-5 days before I see an improvement
I too have Eczema and have suffered from similar sounding severe cracks in my skin, particularly on my fingers and heels. Oddly enough I'm not a big user of emollients in general, even though every skin specialist on the planet seems to sing their virtues. I use plain white soft paraffin (vaseline) all over every day.
I hope this is something you will find effective.
 

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dublin mammy  ·  22 Jul 2008
Hi, yes we were prescribed Protopic at the beginning when he was very bad, aged about 2, and i found it a 'wonder cream' and didnt care that it was 120 euro a tube. but then i read more about it and the way it works is it slightly supresses the immune system, which in atopic eczema is the main factor in the problem. What the site told me was that the skin thinks it's damaged, so it repairs itself, and becomes too thick, then itchy and cracked and starts a cycle.. the protopic supresses the immune system from reacting and allows the skin to heal itself and once healed it can be managed with then occasional applications of protopic.
so obviously for some conditions this is not the type of eczema that the child has, so it wont work so well.
but my problem with the protopic was that you've now got a child with a slightly supressed immune system.. does that leave him vulnerable to other things? and it does say dont go in direct sunlight with the parts of the skin that are being currently treated by protopic... i found that worrying.

hence went on the search of other things that would help and found the eye-q oil.
so it could be something lacking in your child's diet rather than something that needs to be removed from it? these things can take time, but most likely it's something that affects the skin, such as omega 3 or 6, and it can be as simple as that.

I hope you find something that works. it's a stressful thing.
 

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emer (CKD70722)  ·  22 Jul 2008
I dont find protopic much good to be honest, like everthing else the body becomes immune to this and it doesnt work after a while. Dermatologists are a load of rubbish, I recently went to a private clinic and met a highly educated doctor, who charged me an arm and a leg, but I didnt mind as Id sell my house to make my son right. But i have to say the doctor was so unorganised and sporadic, I felt he didnt care and he was quite rude to my son who wanted to move around in the room. he suggested avoiding certain foods for a certian length of time and when I went back he didnt even remember what anti histamine he suggested to me the previous visit. He was very unprofessional for a man with twenty letters after his name. I am still using protopic as it is the only I can manage adn it helps a small bit but I think craniology holistic therapy adn faith healers are a load of rubbish. I have tried and tested these and they made my son worse.
 

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dublin mammy  ·  21 Jul 2008
Hi. i had the exact same. cracked hands and feet and backs of his heels, and then generally all over dry skin.
if your son has not been found to be allergic to anything such as fish, then i would recommend a supplement called Eye-q oil, it comes in a bottle, and capsules, i think the neat oil in the bottle is best.
The 2 main ingredients are Marine Fish oils and Evening Primrose oil.
the 2nd one is renowned for skin health, but doesn't seem to be a factor in a lot of eczema treatments in Ireland for some reason.
this was a turning point for me. i didnt want to introduce my son to a lifetime of steroid or other types of 'quick cure' creams and rather treat the problem from within if possible.
the oil, if you get it should be taken as 15 mil per day, in one dose or 3 separate, doesnt matter. but for the first couple of months they recommend the large dose to bring up the levels of Omega 3 and 6 to normal levels.
My son has now got a totally manageable level of very dry skin, but has not had any problems with hands or feet etc for over 2 years. he's 6.

hope this helps.
 

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Anonymous  ·  18 Jul 2008
my son has had eczema since he was a baby, he has been using his creams when he needs to, but tonight, he came into me and he was iching like mad. also it was badly bleeding. what can i do?
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 Jul 2006
My husband, a lifelong sufferer of asthma and eczema is now suffering badly from broken skin on his feet expecially near the big toe joint. We have tried every cream and steroid with only temporary relief, does anyone have any thoughts on how we can sort out this very sore problem for him. Thanks
 

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Anonymous  ·  19 Apr 2006
Im wondering has anyone tried Acupunture and did it help at all, heard it can be very helpful so gona give it a go, If anyone has had any experiences please let me know,thanks
 

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Anonymous  ·  19 Apr 2006
17:15, as you have curly hair, have you tried anti-frizz serum (Boots do a good one). This might not irritate your eczema they way styling mouse does.
 

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Anonymous  ·  18 Apr 2006
hi,
i have only got exzema over the past year but very small on hands etc gone now but i noticed that when i use hair moose on my hair the day after my ear does go red and dry and the back of my kneck..it must be the hair moose and the strange thing is i have been using hair moose all my life as i have curly hair is there anything elese out there that i can use to curl my hair something natural like a natural clenser Does anyone know of one if so i would really love to know as it just drivees me mad somethimes ...thanks
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 Jun 2005
My son , now 6 years old, has had eczema since 3 months of age. At times it was very, very severe. It's now well under control with protopic, but also thanks to an antifungal medicine (mycostatin), plus garlic capsules and probiotics. Huge improvement on starting to treat him for a damaged gut / impaired digestion. We tried homeopathy with 5 different homeopaths over 5 years - no success, unfortunately.
 

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Anonymous  ·  20 Jun 2005
Anon, I am extremely surprised that your GP, presumably scientifically trained, would A) perscribe homeopathic treatments, which have no empirically proven scientic basis and B) continue a treatment for months which was causing abvipous pain and suffering. I would insist on being referred toa dermatoligist as soon as possible.
 

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Anonymous  ·  17 Jun 2005
This message is for Brid (Mehta) who posted a comment sometime in 2003. I'm not sure if you still read the messages on this board, but I really wanted to speak to someone with experience of dealing with eczema during receiving homoeopathic treatment. The reason for my curiousity is that I actually used homoeopathic medication 2 years ago when I thought my eczema was getting out of control. I continued with the treatment for 6 months, but it was so painful that I stopped the treatment. Part of the reason was my doctor - he didn't actually tell me that what my skin was going through was normal for people undergoing the treatment, and neither did he tell me that it could take years. What I'm left with now is such awful skin that is constantly getting infections, and I'm embarrassed to go out. Sometimes it gets so bad that the thought of going to work makes me feel physically sick. After reading your story I'm beginning to wonder whether I gave up too soon, and if I should re-start treatment. In all honesty the thought of going through the pain I felt during the treatment makes me shudder, but if it was supposed to be like that maybe I would have stuck to it. I just thought that something was wrong, and because I received no re-assurance from my doctor I stopped the treatment. If you still read these messages I would really appreciate it if you could get in touch through this message board. Thanks.
 

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Anonymous  ·  31 May 2005
I have a ten month old girl who suffers with atopic eczema and was reading about EYE Q on this site and wanted to use it but no one was sure if it was suitable for a young baby so i contacted the company they sent me info on MUMOMEGA INFANCY which is suitable for babies over six months or on solids its the same as EYE Q but a baby version i have found that she is not flaring as much and i have stopped using the steroids you can get it in boots or health food stores. They also do one MUMOMEGA PREGANCY that you take if expecting and any other children you might have suffers with eczema. The MUMOMEGA INFANCY comes in a twist off capsule that yoy add to food or a drink so you do not have to give the baby a capsule
 

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Fiona (OVE29202)  ·  25 May 2005
Hi All,
I hope i can be of great help to you all..Where will I start I am 30 years of ago and had gourgous skin for years until 1 year ago my hands small red patches would appear and on the sides of my face under my chin and behiend my ears and the back of my kneck i was staying out of work for ages as i could not cope with it as i did not know how to out of the blue i got it i think it was down to stress as over the past year i had been very stressed out anway i went to the doc and he gave me creams and started telling me now that you have exzema you will never get rid of it so that made matters worse as i kept worring about it all of the time i didnt even want to go out and i am a very happy person so i decided to go to the hospital to see i was alergic to anything the results came back neg. so i wasnt i have optic eczema not contact exzema so they gave me protopic which did work but it kept coming back time after time and it was on my scalp also dry patches everywhere you can imagine i never knew anything about eczema before i got it did not even know anyone who had it so i decided to start doing some research myself as noting really was really working i kept reading up on the internet about health etc...and it is very true "you are what you eat" i know it is different for everyone but this is what i did zinc is very good so i bought pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and almonds etc in the health shop i use brown pasta instead of white brown bread with no yeast instead of white eat lots of fruit and veg.make my own soup and put it all of the nuts lentils and veg it is very good for you bascially i eat really very well eat a lot of fish - meat - diary -chicken and i think that is how i got rid of it as it is now gone and i can not believe it i also take the evening primrose oil and drink nettle tea now of course i do eat choc and crisps and have a drink but its like in that book you are what you eat you are ment to eat healthy 80percent and the other 20percent you can have what you want and my taste buds have now changed like because of all of the fresh food and i am not really into takeaways or frys i would rather the veg etc....anway i hope this helps but i think also if you try and not focus on it and try to forget about it it will go quicker pls do try this buy eating very well and you never know it might just work for you....take care..
 

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val (RBU28071)  ·  24 May 2005
Eye q oil has an amount of epo in it... it's suitable for children and the recommendation is that you can give a triple dose initially to build up the defiency of omega 3... if you can find info on that, or go into any chemist or health shop and look at the leaflet that comes with.. the triple dose would be a 15 ml dose daily but there would be information on the quantity of both in that amount of the liquid/capsules, also there is a rda recommendation according to age on the leaflet as far as i can remember.... i'm delighted about the person (25) that had the great results with epo,, it further proves to me that this is what has helped my son.
 

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Anonymous  ·  24 May 2005
Evening primrose oil is used to help maintain healthy skin and to regulate hormone balance. I researched it on the internet and it states it is also very good for excema. Not sure if you can give 2 tablets a day to a baby,will have to check that with your doctor. Perphaps 1 EPO tablet would be sufficient for a baby. The recommended daily intake is 1, but i'm sure it couldnt be more harmful then all the steroid creams i was using.
 

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Anonymous  ·  23 May 2005
Is EPO not a phyto-eostroen, used to help combat menopausal symptoms? Woild this not adversely affect babies and small children
 

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Anonymous  ·  23 May 2005
Is it safe to give a child 2 evening primrose oil tablets every day?
 

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Anonymous  ·  23 May 2005
I am the 25 year old who wrote the comments above. I would just like to tell everyone that i read every entry in this discussion board and decided to try out the evening promrose oil. I usually take 1 a day anyway or whenever i remeber. I read a comment entered by a 20 year old girl, who said she started taking 2 a day and it cleared her excema, so i decided to start taking 2 a day to see if it would help. The results are amazing, my whole body has nearly totally cleared up. I cant believe that it has made such a difference. Im still in shock. So if you are suffering from excema for many years, trust me, go out and buy evening primrose oil and take 2 a day, just try it. Worked for me, just hope it stays away. Thanks to the 20 year old who shared her cure.
 

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Anonymous  ·  17 May 2005
I am 25 years old and have had Eczema since I was 3. And my skin is really really dry. I have tried everything, Betnovate, which is starting too thin my skin,Protopic (which didnt help and I felt a burning sensation on my skin) evening primrose oil,vitamin B, anti-histamtes, egg yolk ... the works, and i still suffer badly from it. I use emulsifying cream, whcih helps slightly with the dryness. It was meant to clear in my teenage years, but as the years go on, I find it geting worse. I bought some Aloe Vera Gel last nite and have started using it, which seems to get rid of the redness, but not sure if it will be of any benefit. Has anyone any suggestions as I am at my wits end and it is really starting to depress me alot. Any natural remedies as my skin is a bad way from all the steroid creams, Much appreciated,
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 May 2005
There is a really wonderful discussion board on eczema at http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=ECZEMA&H=MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU.

Its free to join. It has an archive of messages that you can search back to 1986. I have found it invaluable re my son' seczema.
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 May 2005
Hi Val, I think the problem with the foods you describe is not just the acidic nature but the fact that ice pops, mi-wadi, orange crish etc. are full of artifical colous. With aloe vera, do make sure that it doesn't get on boken or infected skin and it can be irritant. You can also use the juice from the the leves of the aloe plant too - which it in its purent form. To the lady who is interested in wet wrapping, this has proved highly beneficial for some sufferers but many would suggested that using flouridated water (e.g. ordinary tap water from any public water system) as this may increase the inflmmation from the eczema. Use only purified water instead.
 

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val (RBU28071)  ·  09 May 2005
another thing which was recommended to me, which i forgot to mention, is Hemp products, I'm sure that Body Shop do have a range but i'm not sure if they are perfumed. i will find out and get back. i believe that Hemp is wonderful for the skin and can help eczema. Also Pure Aloe Vera Gel, and another tip which i got from a friend, whos child had bad eczema, which dramatically improved when she stopped all citrus products and anything with a strong orange or yellow colouring, such as ice pops, or mi wadi, that kind of thing.. i dont know why, but this worked for me too, and my child is apparantly not allergic to anything.. and i do notice nowadays that if he has orange or anything like that, he is itchy that evening..
 

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Anonymous  ·  06 May 2005
I hadn't realised the connection. I thought athsma was an auto-immune problem. e careful tho' using coaltar (especially thr soap and shampoo) on youungchildren or those with sensitive skin as it can be highly irritant.
 

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martin (TCP23646)  ·  05 May 2005
does evey inquirer realise the strong connection between eczma and asthma which is hereditary.
Try "COAL TAR" in all its various
forms icluding soap. and if all fruit fails, Betnovate R.D. is about the lightest of the steriods and goes along way. Do not cover the infected areas
 

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Anonymous  ·  05 May 2005
To the lady with the 4 month old. I was in a similar situation and was advised to bath my daughter twice a day. I have also tried wet wraps, protopic and all the other recommended creams. I found that water actually irritated the eczema and when I stopped the baths there was some improvement. I also tried faith-healers,homeopaths etc to no avail. I eventually heard of a 'cure' from a man in Carlow which worked for us. My daughter is now 5 and still suffers on her hands and back of her knees but is 90% better. She did not sleep a night for 4 years. I do not believe in using steriod creams for years on end - even if the doctors say it is ok, surely it can't be good for you. She is also allergic to eggs, fish and nuts which is a bigger problem as she could potentially go into anaphelactic (sp!) shock. My second child does not suffer from allergies or eczema.
 

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val (RBU28071)  ·  03 May 2005
My son has Atopic Eczema and we have tried just about everything including Protopic, which we use sparingly when it gets v bad. I have found the oatmeal good for keeping it at bay. i also use oilatum bath products, and every available cream. at the moment he has kind of grown out of it. He is 4 and had it for 3 years, 2 of these practically all over.
i have discovered that if he takes the EYE-Q oil (fish oil and evening primrose oil supplemnet, available everywhere) on a daily basis, the improvement is dramatic, within a couple of weeks. I think the oil is best, rather than capsules, and a treble dose should be given for the first couple of months to corect the omega 3 defficiency which can contribute to skin problems. I have read in several places since that evening primrose oil taken orally OR applied topically, is an excellent help in management of eczema..obviously you should establish which type of eczema your child/you have before you take this oil as they may have allergic eczema as opposed to atopic and therefore the fish oil could be a problem..... i must say in my own experience though that above all the lotions and potions that the eye-q, combined with simple emolient creams, has beaten this frustrating condition for my son...hope something here helps..
 
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