Turn on thread page Beta
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Have you tried Betnovate?
    Betnovate is great but it's been called "dangerous" by my GP and he told me to stop using it. Not sure why.

    The best one I can advise is actually an american cream called Proecza. Out of the tens of ointments, creams, emollients and treatments I've used, it's the best one since it calms down inflamed skin, reduces irritation to nothing and is great at clearing up flares.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I have Elocon from the doctor and it works, but it's really strong stuff apparently. I found Dream Cream to be quite soothing, thoigh I have discoid eczema which might respond differently.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    The creams people suggested are really good, especially E45.

    I used Simple's moisturise because my skin gets really sensitive and I don't like having greasy skin.

    My best advice is you should go to see the doctor and them to refer you to a skin specialist (dermatologist) to see what's triggering your eczema.
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Irrelevance)
    Betnovate is great but it's been called "dangerous" by my GP and he told me to stop using it. Not sure why.
    Steroids can thin the skin if used excessively, but "dangerous" seems a bit over the top.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    E45 I dont even have eczema and i find this so good but i know a girl that does have eczema and she uses it, im gunna make a guess here maybe coco butter would also be good? research that a lil bit, maybe ask your doctor.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Steroids can thin the skin if used excessively, but "dangerous" seems a bit over the top.
    My GP said to stop using it completely. I really am stumped since it's probably one of the best prescription steroid creams, in my opinion, out at the moment.
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Skeppy)
    im gunna make a guess here maybe coco butter would also be good?
    You speculate on the efficacy of drugs on the basis of guesswork? Very clever.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    My doctor prescribed me a steroid cream called Eumovate, which works a treat to clear it up.

    As others have said, you then need something else to use in conjunction with this to replace the moisture. I have a reaction to paraffin, so I can't use most creams. I've tried E45, Diprobase, Aqueous, etc. and all just made it worse. But, I've found this really good stuff called Zeoderm which uses completely natural ingredients (free from paraffin, steroids, lanolins, alcohol, etc.) - works a treat but it's pretty pricey unfortunately.

    It depends, if you're not sensitive to paraffin and those types of chemicals, then you're best bet is probably E45. If you are, then go for Zeoderm.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    i used to use hydrocortisone steroid cream but it done nothing for my ezcema and still flared up

    but a family friend (who is a doctor, specialises in skin) gave me elocon, used it once and my ezcema hasnt flared up once

    you may just have to try a few different ones and if they dont work go back to your doctors and get another, hope you find one that helps!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    eumovate cream, u need to get it prescribed from docter
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Good bloke)
    You speculate on the efficacy of drugs on the basis of guesswork? Very clever.
    It's really trial and error with eczema moisturisers, as one may suit an individual but may not particularly be effective on another.

    And I wouldn't really class cocoa butter as a 'drug'
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    I worked as a secretary for a dermatologist for a few months and he swore by a range of emollients called Hydromol.
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bunty64)
    And I wouldn't really class cocoa butter as a 'drug'
    Which is precisely why its effect on eczema is unlikely to be a useful one in anything other than a moisturising capacity.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    mine was seriously bad, and i had to go to our hospital as my doctor wouldnt really do shizz all. he showed me a rid thing, and the betnovate which i always used was right at the bottom-weak. iwas given, and i now use eumovate. this one of the strongest. very strong, and does the job. you can see the difference in a few hours
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by MidgetJen1990)
    eumovate cream, u need to get it prescribed from docter
    as i posted, this
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Which is precisely why its effect on eczema is unlikely to be a useful one in anything other than a moisturising capacity.
    To be honest, in most cases of eczema and other dry skin conditions, a good regimen of moisturising is more than half the battle. As in the case of OP, it seems he has a bad case of this. Topical steroids will help with the inflammation.

    Rather than cocoa butter (or extracts), I would suggest using coconut oil (or extracts), as several medical trials have shown it to be very effective in dry skin conditions, especially eczema.
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bunty64)
    To be honest, in most cases of eczema and other dry skin conditions, a good regimen of moisturising is more than half the battle. As in the case of OP, it seems he has a bad case of this. Topical steroids will help with the inflammation.

    Rather than cocoa butter (or extracts), I would suggest using coconut oil (or extracts), as several medical trials have shown it to be very effective in dry skin conditions, especially eczema.
    Moisturising never did anything for me; steroids were the only solution.
    Offline

    1
    emu oil i swear by it worked for me and it didn't peel my skin.
    pricey but does work within a few days if you keep using it
    Offline

    17
    (Original post by RachelOranges)
    Have you tried Sudocrem? It's worked wonders for me. It's brilliant, makes me skin as soft as a babies bum ( minus the nappy rash lol). Good luck!
    You beat me to it. My brother suffered with it for about 2 years when he was a toddler and i reckon its coming back now. Sudocream really does a good job.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Moisturising never did anything for me; steroids were the only solution.
    Yeh, Steroids generally play the main role in clearing inflammation and are effective in doing so. Long term use does thin the skin which leads to easily torn skin which when suffering from further eczema flare-ups can cause problems.
    I understand people have no choice but to use steroids (even long term) but a lot a patients become dependant upon them. A good daily moisturising regimen goes hand in hand with steroid use, but it can be a hassle and sometimes impractical applying moisturisers several times a day.
    Good moisturising practice can actually decrease the need for the use of topical steroids and sufferers should remember to moisturise daily, even when eczema has cleared, in order to keep it at bay.

    sorry for the rant!
 
 
 
Turn on thread page Beta
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: December 7, 2009
Poll
Black Friday: Yay or Nay?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.