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Strange topic but does anyone know to how to cure this ( i mean does anyone have it and manage to even control it?) I had eczema when i was younger but about 2nd year in school it disappeared until…
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
Strange topic but does anyone know to how to cure this ( i mean does anyone have it and manage to even control it?)

I had eczema when i was younger but about 2nd year in school it disappeared until i was in 6th year (a-levels) and now since ive been at uni it wont go away.

It is worse during term time partly which i put down to stress (especially around exam time)

But im looking for some help, ideas on how anyone has even kept the influmation down because at times it effects my football season due to the hacks that form :(

Any help is much appreciated
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banned#1
firstly bring back the avatar that one is all cold and horrid :x
#2
i heard christmas avatars were in teh wrong season will look now for a nice new one :)
#3
I dealt with my daughters myself,she pretty much free of it.

I listened to GP and it got worse on their advice,I was even sent with her to a dermatologist which was waste of time.

I wouldn't take another child of mine to any skin clinic for any of their ' advice ' and prescriptions.

I devised skin tests at home and I watch her diet,often it can be the case of diet and I limit certain foods.I got rid of my carpet in living room and the childrens bedroom.
If you have any family pets indoors,might be worth rehoming them with another family member if you beleive the feathers or fur to be a problem.

Another bit of advice,don't bother taking any oral meds for it,specially avoid Atarax or whatever its called which is used to stop you irrating the skin during sleep,avoid it at all costs.
#4
Just found a great product by simple called Derma intensive relief cream (50ml) and it should cost £2.19 only just onto the market in the last week or so (I only know all this because I was one of the product testers before it was released).
It claims to have results within 4 days and for a change a product did as it said on the label.
#5
Tried everything going & went to every consultant, Nothing worked.

Asked doctor to refer me to a homeopathic doctor & within DAYS of taking 'powders' it completely cleared up.
Would recommond it to anyone!!
Ask your doctor for a referral asap as normally a waiting list.
#6
the only thing that the gp is good for is giving me eumovate and that only takes it away after its really bad. Dont take any oral meds (have found that putting cotton gloves on is good at nite)

What kinda foods do you not recommend to eat? I know not to have fizzy drinks and have cut out 'junk' foods but after that im lost (oh and apples are bad for it)

my diet consists of mainly chicken or mince, veg, pasta rice or potatoes

im not sure if it could be stir in sauces which make it worse?

if so im gonna be stuck for variety in my diet (being a poor student lol)

i had wooden floors in my previous house and carpet plus wood (in the top part of the bedroom) in my bedroom now but to be honest it doesnt seem to make a difference
#7
macdoona
Just found a great product by simple called Derma intensive relief cream (50ml) and it should cost £2.19 only just onto the market in the last week or so (I only know all this because I was one of the product testers before it was released).
It claims to have results within 4 days and for a change a product did as it said on the label.


is this product a steriod base? i want to stop using steriods if at all possible
banned#8
it sounds like it is stress that is making it worse, chill:thumbsup::thumbsup:
#9
I used to get eczema pretty bad when I was younger and had prescribed steroid creams. I still get little patches now but they normally clear up after using hydrocortisone cream which you can buy over the counter. Also I find cutting out dairy helps, so as someone else said, maybe try cutting out certain foods and see if that makes a difference.
#10
sassie
it sounds like it is stress that is making it worse, chill:thumbsup::thumbsup:


im currently studying for my finals and living with pigs its hard to chill :whistling:
banned#11
allstar2
im currently studying for my finals and living with pigs its hard to chill :whistling:


yes i know, but really stressing will solve nothing, i should know been doing it for years and still nothing has changed - lol
#12
angelfairee
I used to get eczema pretty bad when I was younger and had prescribed steroid creams. I still get little patches now but they normally clear up after using hydrocortisone cream which you can buy over the counter. Also I find cutting out dairy helps, so as someone else said, maybe try cutting out certain foods and see if that makes a difference.


i use the next cream up from hydocortisone because hydro has got something in it that actually causes itching (go figure) but i found this out because my friend is studying to be a parmacist and when i was saying bout it told me to stay clear :roll:

dont have much dairy products no more
#13
sassie
yes i know, but really stressing will solve nothing, i should know been doing it for years and still nothing has changed - lol


to be honest i dont feel stressed by these events but my skin must feel stressed by them because it reacts lol
#14
allstar2
i use the next cream up from hydocortisone because hydro has got something in it that actually causes itching (go figure) but i found this out because my friend is studying to be a parmacist and when i was saying bout it told me to stay clear :roll:

dont have much dairy products no more


I think the stress factor is also probably making it worse! Also you said you get it more when you play sports, after you sweat all your water out your skin will get drier and that will aggravate the eczema. Maybe you could find a gentle moisturiser to use daily so that your skin doesn't dry out so much?
#15
i use that double base constantly but its no good (or as my mum claims maybe i dont put enough on, cant stand the grease lol)

oh the sports subject does anyone know any were i can get goal keeping gloves without rubber in them (the rubber drives my hands mad with itch)
banned#16
allstar2
to be honest i dont feel stressed by these events but my skin must feel stressed by them because it reacts lol


have you tried that cream you buy from the chemist, its dead cheap, i dont know what its called but my littlest has cacky skin, he doesnt get eczma but when he got poorly or a little run down his skin used to go real acky, really rough and patchy and the doctor used to prescribe this cream, i think its like a base cram without anything added, and when his skin went a little rough we used to wash him in this and moisturise him with it, maybe someone knows what its called
#17
I had eczema in my 40's. It was stress related. I went to the doctor and got the usual creams and oils including Betnovate (strong steroid).

Nothing worked. After about 10 weeks of scratching and bleeding my wife insisted that I went to a homeopath. I thought they were mumbo jumbo merchants.

To my great disappointment I was completely cured and it has never returned.

I am now a complete fan of homeopathic medicine. Please try it even if you have to go privately. It will cost about £50 - £60 for your first (and probably only) appointment. Don't delay.

I wish you all the best.
#18
How about bathing in some medicated lotions? I know there are a couple you can buy, can't remember a name though.
#19
Me again.

E45 is ok as a general purpose cream for dry skin but to fix it go to a homeopath.
#20
angelfairee
How about bathing in some medicated lotions? I know there are a couple you can buy, can't remember a name though.


been there we use the aveno oils cos me and my wee sister suffer eczema
#21
allstar2
been there we use the aveno oils cos me and my wee sister suffer eczema


I think you've exhausted all my eczema ideas then! Haha. What uni are you at?
#22
i've never heard tell of a homeopath must look into it further because it sounds like a good idea. think everyone in the family could do we going tho. so anyone want to buy my dvd's to fund this trip lol

Double base is similar to E45
#23
Queens in belfast

i think between me and my wee sister we've tried nearly everything but the homeopath will have to find one locally now
#24
My oldest daughter is only 7 and she gets it really bad, the treatment that has worked for her best is Protopic ointment (tacrolimus) (google it). She's also had light treatment as well as wet wraps (epaderm) it comes and goes. One of the main things we do is wash in non bio powder, that seems to help, and plenty of sun (hard in this country I know). She has epaderm along with mild sterioids at the moment as her skin has flared up, and protopic can't be used on broken skin.
#25
Hi
It is definitely to do with diet. Have you had any food allergy tests? See if you can blag them from the Doctor (mine cost £250) You probably are allergic to something,gluten,dairy,bread,pasta, etc. If you want to sort it without knowing,all you do is keep a food diary. Cut out everything,start from scratch,maybe fast on just water for a day,clean out your system,then start eating what you normally eat. After you eat something,write down how you feel. Itchy,scratchy etc. If this is the case then don't eat that food again. It is quite a long laborious way to sort it. Creams,lotions,potions will give relief,help to some extent,but it is built up toxins in your body which is causing the problem. If you can take time off,I suggest a week long veg/juice fast incorporating home colonics/enemas with chamomile,fennel,nettle tea,or organic coffee! as coffee really does clean out the system. I have done this for 6 years now. PM me if you want any more info :)
#26
that puts the protopic out because ive hacks on my knee and its crippling me at the min

must look up wet wraps too.

We use the non bio because everyone in my house has it. but on saying that i would need to check the powder i use at uni (thank you very much for alerting me to this fact)
#27
rehydrated
Hi
It is definitely to do with diet. Have you had any food allergy tests? See if you can blag them from the Doctor (mine cost £250) You probably are allergic to something,gluten,dairy,bread,pasta, etc. If you want to sort it without knowing,all you do is keep a food diary. Cut out everything,start from scratch,maybe fast on just water for a day,clean out your system,then start eating what you normally eat. After you eat something,write down how you feel. Itchy,scratchy etc. If this is the case then don't eat that food again. It is quite a long laborious way to sort it. Creams,lotions,potions will give relief,help to some extent,but it is built up toxins in your body which is causing the problem. If you can take time off,I suggest a week long veg/juice fast incorporating home colonics/enemas with chamomile,fennel,nettle tea,or organic coffee! as coffee really does clean out the system. I have done this for 6 years now. PM me if you want any more info :)


I will probably get back to you on this (more so in the summer) because at the min i dont have the time. I think my doctor is very lazy i was meant to get an allegry test and he keeps puttin it off even though i keep going back (his latest explaination is that its caused by the heat of my house - guess he's never been in my uni house its freezing) :whistling:
#28
sassie
firstly bring back the avatar that one is all cold and horrid :x

yes, definitely. What are you thinking allstar2?


Plus it seems to me that you're still in the same accommodation, I thought your dad was going to sort everything?????Anyway, in terms of adult eczema = aqueous cream applied after night-time bath generally plus specifically lathered on hands then put on the cotton gloves. Moisturise in general. Avoid obvious allergens - you will know what they are.Try new products like the Boots stuff protect and something!! - actually seems very good to me and moisturise, moisturise,moisturise!! Don't get freaked out by the splitting, bleeding skin thing and think in terms of months rather than days. Also remember that hardly anybody else notices the things about your appearance that you do.
Oh, yes - all the homeopathy/naturalhealing/toxins stuff is complete and utter rubbish - ignore it (and if you want the biochemical refutation - it's out there). deep breath - finals this year. Love.Chesso
#29
Something for you to try:

http://www.manukahoney.co.uk/categoryexternal.html

My niece had quite bad Eczema, tried lots of different things, this stuff cleared it up in about 4 weeks!

GP prescribed stuff was just a moisturiser with no results.
#30
Don't eat too much dairy,keep away from gluten such as pasta and bread pastries anything with flour in basically,just cut back on that sort of thing.
Summer fruits are not usually very good for people with excema strawberries that sort of thing aswell as food that contains strawberries like yoghurt.
Keep home clean,change your bedding regular,you can get dust mite free pillows and covers and things.
#31
rehydrated
Hi
It is definitely to do with diet. Have you had any food allergy tests? See if you can blag them from the Doctor (mine cost £250) You probably are allergic to something,gluten,dairy,bread,pasta, etc. If you want to sort it without knowing,all you do is keep a food diary. Cut out everything,start from scratch,maybe fast on just water for a day,clean out your system,then start eating what you normally eat. After you eat something,write down how you feel. Itchy,scratchy etc. If this is the case then don't eat that food again. It is quite a long laborious way to sort it. Creams,lotions,potions will give relief,help to some extent,but it is built up toxins in your body which is causing the problem. If you can take time off,I suggest a week long veg/juice fast incorporating home colonics/enemas with chamomile,fennel,nettle tea,or organic coffee! as coffee really does clean out the system. I have done this for 6 years now. PM me if you want any more info :)


Spot on.
#32
The thing to do is to try some of the things people are saying to try, but try them one at a time so you can actually pin-point the major triggers for the response you're experiencing. I know the whole situation you had recently with the idiots who moved into your accommodation wouldn't have helped your stress levels, did the whole thing about charging you all for the damage they caused ever sort itself out?

Homeopathy is not really a viable option as you often find those using it are doing other things at the same time and then say the homeopathy did it. There is no proper evidence-base for homeopathy, it depends mostly on anecdotal evidence and there are other factors involved, hence the recent story on the BBC website where funding for it has been slashed across the NHS. The only thing that homeopathy really does is that someone spends more time talking and listening to the patient for a longer period of time, the 'treatments' prescribed are not really what helps. Never underestimate the power of someone sitting down with you and chatting about your problems, it can really de-stress you and that in itself can have a major effect on your condition. If GP's could spend a reasonable amount of time with each patient instead of spending 5-10 minutes with you then the same effect would be apparent. My brother-in-law has had eczema for years and it only ever flares up when he's stressed and/or if he uses toiletries that are highly perfumed, etc.

Anyway, try some of the stuff mentioned and try your best to relax, get outside and take a walk somewhere nice. Remind yourself that your general mood can't be controlled by the eejits around you, take time to talk to friends and family and don't let the stress of Uni take over. It's not easy, been there myself (a few years ago now) and you have to just reserve your 'me-time' in amongst it all. Hope you find something that works!
#33
OK, agree with the advice from bjmcghee but I've also noticed that no one else, apart from me. who has replied appears to actually have eczema themself I DO HAVE IT AND I know that it is potentially very debilitating but it is manageable if you get yourself into the frame of mind that can cope with the odd bit of less than British Rose pretty face. To be honest, what really gets my goat is people who don't actually have the problem going on and on about alternative therapies.

Football season????
#34
hi i have really bad eczema on my hands and body. Any perfumed soaps, body washes, hand washes etc will make it worse. Ive had it for 7 years now. When it gets really bad i get antihistamine tablets and an antiseptic cream for eczema called fucidine. The fucidine cream is really great and takes the soreness out of the cuts over night. When mine is really bad i wear the cotton gloves with the fucidine cream and betnovate and also an emolient cream called diprobase and i also wash with e45 emolient shower cream too that helps. To control it day to day i just use the diprobase thick creams on a night. I also found out certain shampoos can irritate it too. So basically as long as u try to stay away from scented and perfumed toiletries and soap powders u should notice a big difference. Also the weather at the moment will not help as the cold outside then the heating on inside just makes it worse.

forgot to add i have found it dosent make any difference what u eat. U could try wearing some cotton gloves inside ur goal keeping gloves to act as a barrier to the rubber until u can get some with out the rubber.
#35
allstar2
is this product a steriod base? i want to stop using steriods if at all possible


No this is not a steroid based cream.
It is specially formulated with a highly effective naturally derived humectant aquaxyl and conola oil.
#36
Fester is right - nothing to do with diet and all those strategies help. I only use dermol500 for washing and avoid soap/detergents as much as possible.
#37
Hello there,
Roibosch tea soap is supposed to be good- from the Red Bush Tea site, or people sometimes use a tea bag in the bath. Sounds different but apparently it does work. Also take a good multivitamin to help combat stress and possibly Co enzyme Q10 as this can be good with inflammatory reactions.
#38
I had eczema from when i was a small child up until and including most of my twenties - tried absolutely everything - nothing would stop the flare-ups, however there were a few things that helped:
* Avoid (if possible) very spicy foods and fruits with high levels of citric acid
* Don't overdo it on alcohol espescially if you like cider!!
* Washing detergents have been mentioned previously - which is a very valid point - avoid washing powder - espescially 'big-box' powders as they use bulking material which really irritates eczema. I found that Persil Non-bio liquid is the best.
* Keep the affected areas clean, particularly if your eczema is in places where you sweat (mine was particularly bad behind my knees) - but take care not to use soaps as they dry out the skin and cause irritation.
* Bathe in saltwater - just add a cup-full of table salt to your bathwater - this may sting if you have any open sores!
* Rather than buying expensive creams - look for the cheapest shop's-own aftersun lotion and use it regularly - I used to get mine from Superdrug or Bodycare @ £1.99 for 500ml - I still keep a bottle just in case.
* Get yourself a couple of tubes of Boots anti-itch cream for bites and stings - excellent if you have an itch that won't go away.
* Begin taking an anti-histamine, an hour or so before bed - they will knock you out so you get a good night's sleep and also keep the itching at bay.
* Smoking is also bad - so sorry if you are a smoker!
* Not accusing anyone here or admitting anything - but narcotic use may also cause flare-ups
I've been totally clear for 2-3 years now having had it for 20 or so years, I know what you're going through, what I havn't mentioned above of course is stress which will definately kick it all off - if you do find you get 'worked-up' easily, try and take up an activity that you can pick up when you start to get worked up - something like suduko? that you can turn to to calm yourself down. It may sound silly, but part of beating eczema is changing your own behaviour - I know how easy (and gratifying) it can be to have a good scratch, only to undo a couple of days 'good work' and healing!
Best of luck to you and if you need any further help or advice, please feel free to PM me.

Jay
#39
There are 2 simple things that my daughter has done to keep her eczeme at bay as it sound similar to the foods you mentioned earlier..

[LIST=1]
[*]Drink plenty of water (helps keep skin clear)
[*]Get some Oilatum from your GP for the times when it may show (when you have had the wrong type of foods) just add to bath water, so no need to smother yourself in it.
[/LIST]


She has tried various creams and stuff but these are the only things that have helped. Good luck in finding the right solution as i know it is a horrible thing to deal with when nothing seems to work.
#40
chesso
Fester is right - nothing to do with diet and all those strategies help. I only use dermol500 for washing and avoid soap/detergents as much as possible.


Funny how anything that isn't very easily treated is a target for the alternativists and it's usually nonsense about wheat. There is no evidence whatsoever about eating wheat (or even being allergic to it) causing eczema flare-ups. There is some evidence that certain people can have flare-ups caused by an allergy to dairy products, but that also goes for those with allergies to peanuts, fish, shellfish, soya and eggs. Does anyone in your immediate family (i.e. parents, siblings) have proven allergies to any of the above? What you could do is get your GP to refer you to a dietitian to take you through the process of seeing if you are allergic to any of them.

Please do not 'fast for a day' or give yourself colonics, this is just utter nonsense and does not clear the body of 'toxins'. For all the good they do you might as well just shove it up your ... :p Seriously though, colonics given incorrectly can cause serious tissue damage to your intestinal wall and you upset the natural balance of bacteria in your gut. Problems with the balance of certain bacteria in the colon has been linked to colon cancer so messing with it is a dangerous route to go down! Your body already has a very good system for flushing out waste and it does it very efficiently too!

Other (more common) reasons for flare-ups can be contact with certain detergents, latex, lanolin, house-mite droppings, pollen moulds and even if you have a yeast infections of the skin in the affected areas. Have a look at http://www.eczema.org/ for some advice about the condition.

Far too many people self-diagnose themselves with allergies to foodstuffs when it's just not true. Unless you have a professional diagnosis then please do not take important foodstuffs out of your diet.

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