Is there a cure for eczema ?

  • Webster666

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:22 AM GMT
    I know that there is probably a more appropriate category in which to post this, but the most guys will see it, here.

    I had itchy, scaly eczema on two fingers, through my teen years.
    Then, it completely went away, for lots of years.
    Now, it's back.

    Currently, I'm applying non prescription hydrocortisone cream, several times a day.
    That gives some relief.

    Does anybody know of a cure, or, at least, a good treatment for it ?

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:30 AM GMT
    On your fingers!? LUCKY! I have eczema on my face & scalp.

    There is no cure for eczema the last time I checked. For my eczema problems I use cetaphil,Because the Medication stuff my doctor gave me was greasy as hell.

    The only thing I can say is moisturize moisturize moisturize moisturize!!!
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:35 AM GMT
    THere is no cure. I have it.

    Use a moisturising cream, something like E45 or Aqueous Cream and also in your bath and shower use something like Oilatum as well. That really helps.

    I also find in winter it gets very bad on my legs so I wear long socks and slap loads of E45 on before going out. I also avoid swimming as Chlorine makes it itch and very very sore.

    Just my ten penorth

  • nanidesukedo

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    Dec 06, 2011 1:09 PM GMT
    There are many things you can do for eczema, but I recommend seeing a dermatologist (as it often requires topical steroids that are stronger than hydrocortisone)...some simple things you can do at home are as follows:

    Avoid scrubbing the area in the shower/bath
    Avoid very hot water (shower, bath, whatever)
    If it becomes bad, and considering the limited area of your body and the location (fingers), put on some moisturizer. (Vanicream, aquaphor, whatever) and then put a glove over it. Do this at night before you sleep and sleep with that one...You can also put some hydrocortisone on at the same time (helps the moisturizer and medicine get through the dry skin).

    Avoid any and all scented soaps
    Avoid scented fragrances (deodorants, candles, whatever)
    Avoid scented anything in your laundry

    finally: Go to your dermatologist :p
  • ohioguy12

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    Dec 06, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    Triamcinolone acetonide ointment helps a lot
  • LJay

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    Dec 06, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    My dermatologist has me using clobetasole propionate with a moisturizer over it.

    The most helpful mosturizer I have found is Aveeno lotion.
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    Dec 06, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    E45 is best for eczema...
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    Dec 06, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    I've had psoriasis since I was an itty bitty. I now use a topical steroid cream (Betamethason Dipropionate (0.05%) as small spots started appearing a few years ago and my dermatologist advised that this was probably caused by stress (my workload had me sleeping very limited hours and loads and loads of stress) which can trigger an "outbreak". If I use the cream like I'm supposed to I can notice a difference within 24hrs and sometimes the spots disappear for awhile.

    Since I have insurance I have found the Betamethason to be reasonable (it costs about 60.00 a tube and lasts me for quite some time..definitely worth the 60.00).

    I hope this helps!
  • groundcombat

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    Dec 06, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    I have it too. Worst on my hands but I have it almost everywhere. No cure but like everyone else said moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I take a lot of crap form my friends about "getting lubed up" after a shower but it's way better than letting it get out of control. I also use the Rx topical steroid for spots, mostly on my hands because those will crack and really not be any fun.

    Good luck.
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    Dec 06, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    I use Aveeno Eczema Therapy moisturizing cream. It really helps! Sometimes its only in the baby/diaper area of the grocery store. Use liberally when its bad. I also wear those big yellow rubber gloves when I do the dishes and chores. All this has really helped.

    Also, I've noticed since I've started eating healthier its much better. I usually don't really have it at all anymore.
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    Dec 06, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    Am I the only to ask... where have you been putting your fingers? icon_eek.gif
  • jonhyboy

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    Dec 06, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    I use a cream with ceramides (Cerave) and it makes the eczema go away.

    And for those who have it the face you can either use Cerave or Clinique dramatically different lotion
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    Dec 06, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    I also have eczema on my hands and arms. In winter it really flares up and can get really bad.

    I recently visited my dermatologist and he told me to use Eucerin lotion, not cream. He also prescribed fluocinonide 0.05% cream which you have to apply to the affected area daily for 1 to 2 weeks.

    He told me to avoid taking long showers and excessive hand-washing. Use soap for sensitive skin with moisturizers, like Dove. Avoid using products that are heavy on fragrances.

    I don't know, that's about it. There really is no cure for it, only thing you can do is try and keep it under control but it will always come back. I heard that living in warmer climates and good amount of sun exposure will mitigate the affects of eczema.
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    Dec 06, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    There is no treatment for eczema, however you can manage the condition, there is a new TV series on here in the UK which focuses on treating certain conditions with diet rather than medication. All the advice comes from fully qualified medical doctors and dietitians!

    Here's the link to the site;
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    Dec 06, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    A lot of people here are pointing to scent-free soaps, detergents, etc. Think about that.

    It has turned up on me occasionally throughout my life. I'm all about being careful about what lotions, soaps, scents, etc are around me. These things seem to aggravate it.

    But I also think it is caused by things we consume, particularly in food. I have a short list of food allergies, and in particular, processed foods and certain alcohols containing lots of sulphites or nitrites do me BAD. Yeah it's taken me ten years to figure out what aggravates it, but I strictly avoid things like all forms of corn syrup (all kinds of soda and processed candy,) things heavy in food coloring, certain alcohols, fast food, mayonnaise, and even some more natural things like tamari sauce have given me problems. I recently discovered that eating raw red cabbage caused a major flare up. And one more thing, back in the day I used to chew and smoke. That is when I had the worst of it. But when I smoked natural imported tobacco, I had no problem. Anyways, quitting smoking and chewing solved 90% of the problem in one fell swoop.

    So look at your diet and do some research on common food allergies icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 06, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    westanimas said
    So look at your diet and do some research on common food allergies icon_smile.gif

    Food Allergies are a big factor. I have had eczema all my life. I had it on the inside of my elbows and around my neck so bad. Look as if I was attacked.

    It wasn't until I had a "scratch test" done and found out what I was allergic to. I have a lot of food allergies...

    -tree nuts

    Once I figured that out... my skin changed so much for the better. I still have it today and I think its never going away. And there is no cure, you can just manage it. However, controlling what you eat may help and or stop it from flaring up. Where as lotions and creams can fix the after math of the flare up.

    Tip: Vaseline (petroleum jelly) works as a great barrier. After a shower/bath, you put on your normal lotions & creams, and then put a light amount of Vaseline on top. Hope that helps

    I use Dove's products... I use the body wash and not their soap.
    Olay has great lotions, really it all depends on how your skin reacts to the lotion to find one that works best for you.
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    Dec 06, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    As others have already stated, eczema is permanent. It just goes into remission. It's extremely vulnerable to stress factors.

    There are a few topicals that haven't been mentioned - prescription and non-prescription.

    Clobetasol Propionate Foam is one of the latest and greatest products. The brand name is Olux. It's fantastic stuff. It looks like shaving cream, but is thinner. When you put it on your skin, it instantly disapears and gets absorbed. Even the smaller can (50g) of the generic is very expensive, if you don't have insurance. If you can afford it, it's worth trying.

    I highly recommend Yes To Carrots Body Butter. The body butter is high in beta carotene and other good ingredients. The most effective ingredient may be the minerals from the Dead Sea. When my dermatologist saw that it had minerals from the dead sea, it instantly got his seal of approval. He has a patient with psoriasis who spent time swimming in the Dead Sea. When the patient came back, the psoriasis had completely cleared up. (I don't know if the Salt Lake in Utah has the same minerals.)

    This product hydrates the skin more than any other cream I've tried. It's very thick, but absorbs quickly and lasts all day. Walgreens sells it. I think also has it. Or you can buy it directly from the company web site.

    Other posters have already suggested ways to keep the skin from drying out. It's very important to keep your skin hydrated, to help reduce the amount and severity of outbreaks.

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    Dec 06, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Also try using Estee Lauder's Andvanced Night Repair! I have it on the back of my left arm, and on my shins. It def helps!
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    Dec 06, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    Steroid creams are problematic because although they work initially, you will tend to rapidly develop tolerance to them. These creams contain synthetic steroids, which are absorbed into your skin, and can wreak serious havoc with your adrenal system.

    You’ll want to reduce your exposure to harsh soaps and drying out your skin with excessive bathing. Use a very mild soap when you cleanse your skin, especially in the winter to avoid stripping your skin of moisture.

    Try making a warm salt-water compress and apply to the area for itch relief. Incorportate omega-3's into your diet (i.e. fish or krill oil supplementation). And check your vitamin D levels, as most of us in the northern latitudes are deficient. If you're low, introduce Vit D3 into your diet.

    Hope this helps!
  • LJay

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    Dec 06, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    And take fewer baths.

    It helps me to bathe every other day. If I am not too active, that is.
  • trevchaser

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    Dec 06, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    To most people they've been led to believe there is no long term treatment for eczema. I suffered from it for 20 years. My really close friend had it really bad on his arms, neck, behind the ears. Another friend was just about raw at the elbows and such.

    When I was younger I always took steroidal cremes like hydrocortizone. One day when I was at a natural health doctor and I saw the effects that hydrocortizone does to someone with someone who used it a lot. It scared me what drugs do to the body and I slowly stopped using it and converted to natural cremes. But none of them worked after years of trying them and don't ask me the names because what doesn't work for me is forgotten.

    Last year I met a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and from there I learned much more about the human body than I would ever learn from a traditional western medicine doctor. It led me on a chase to discover for myself what Asian medicines can do that are 100% natural. So I traveled to that country to learn and see testimonials myself. icon_smile.gif I even befriended a celebrity trainer/detox specialist from Europe, who only deals with the super high profile people of this world including royalty, actors, singers, and top gov't officials and their level of knowledge is even higher than anyone I've met. That's what I call striving for excellence which inspires me everyday!! If I have any tough questions, I just contact that person. icon_biggrin.gif

    One year has passed now and I have met another TCM doctor locally that specializes in skin problems. With the combination of the TCM doctor I met a year ago and the one I met a couple months ago, my eczema is under control and not a bother. My friend's eczema are just about fully erased and no moisturizers are needed. I'm now a total advocate to what has happened and have made it my own side business venture to help others. icon_biggrin.gif

    Right now for immediate treatment would be the things you put in your body. See what cutting out all wheat, gluten, & dairy does for at least a couple months. It's a tough road for someone who is so used to eating products with that but if you have a Trader Joe's grocery market nearby it'll make it SUPER easy to transition. Their product turnover rate helps keep their costs lower than most organic/natural grocers. Switch from animal milk into Trader Joe's rice milk and you'll never turn back! Next I would cut out all seafood for a few months including that really nice salmon, and get your omega fatty acids from seeds like Flax and Chia. I'm sure you probably drink at least 8 to 10 - 8oz cups of water every day? I track it with 16oz water bottles and it's easy to count those 4 to 5 bottles/day. Keep your animal meat intake really low too as you are trying to Alkalize your body. Do a search for acidic/alkaline foods and stay away from acidic foods. This is the cheapest alternative to tackling your eczema and along that road you will learn about other foods that you can eat which were totally outside of your box. icon_smile.gif

    I have another treatment that is far more expensive that I have left to people who are in much more critical condition or people who have no health budget but that's another topic in it's own. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 06, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    Goats milk soap is great eczema
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    Dec 06, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    Shahzadeh saidSteroid creams are problematic because although they work initially, you will tend to rapidly develop tolerance to them. These creams contain synthetic steroids, which are absorbed into your skin, and can wreak serious havoc with your adrenal system.

    Personally, I've been lucky not to have developed an intolerance for the steroidal topicals I use.

    You're absolutely right that steroidal topicals are bad for your body, if used long term. However, you can substantially reduce the odds of serious harm by following this rule: one day on, one day off. If you have to use it for 2 weeks, then you stop for 2 weeks. Any good dermatologist should tell you to follow this guideline.

    I also agree with those who say if you can reduce the symptoms with diet changes, or nutrition supplements, that's certainly preferable to steroids.
  • sybiko

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    Dec 07, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    I have had eczema all my life, and it can appear anywhere (luckily not on my "downstairs" though)

    I'm allergic to lanolin and i think white paraffin, so i cant use E45 cream.

    Instead i use Epaderm cream - there's an emollient version, but it's messy and makes me sweat. When my skin is bad, i use Betnovate ( betamethasone valerate - strong topical steroid) on areas that aren't my face/neck twice a day, and Eumovate (Clobetasone butyrate - a more mild topical steroid) on my face/neck when bad.

    I use the Epaderm cream 2/3 times a day (not cheap either icon_sad.gif )

    I also can't use traditional soaps. So i use a unscented shower gel where possible, and combine it with E45 shower cream (not allergic to that, thank god). If having a bath, i use either Balneum bath oil (soya oil) or Oilatum bath oil.

    I also take a anti-histamine almost daily, and take Omega 3,6,9 capsules. I also drink plenty of water, and try to get to bed at a reasonable time (which proves impossible most of the time)

    I exercise regularly, to help flush out toxins and to manage my mood/weight/health/well-being.

    Try to keep your fingernails short and clean, as many eczema sufferers will scratch at night (i know i do) - to prevent the spread of any infection.

    Stay away from harsh fragrances/soaps/soap powders and change your bedsheets regularly, possibly even daily.

    Unfortunately there is currently no cure for eczema (unless they perfect gene therapy and make it legal), but prevention is the key. Hope you find this useful.
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 07, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    I had it bad on my forearms for many years and nothing worked, E45 cream, prescription creams, trying non-dairy foods....until I began running. Then it faded in a few weeks.
    Try distance running.