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    (Original post by JKGB)
    I've had eczema since I was about 5 and I hate it, I have it mostly on the backs of my knees but recently my hands and elbows have started to become itchy, might just be because of the weather though. I went on holiday with my friends this summer and I was so self conscious about going swimming because I had a flare up, it's really annoying
    I use Diprobase and sometimes E45 cream, I have hydrocortisone as well but apparently you're not meant to use it too often so I only use it when I have bad flare ups.

    It's nice to know I'm not alone though, when I was younger it seemed like I was the only one with eczema, now I know I'm not I feel a bit happier Does anyone else have asthma as well? I've heard the two are linked.
    i think they are linked.. i have a cousin who has both, and its because of a weaker immune system? or something along those lines..
    and i know what you mean about swimming... i actually love swimming but feel so self conscious in my swimming costume

    i cant believe the no. of responses on here about it which really does show that its more common than you think!! i didnt really think i was going to get many replies!!
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    (Original post by forgottensecret)
    I have psoriasis, which I imagine is quite similar in terms of treatment. I've had it since I was 6 and at times all over my body It used to knock my confidence, but you work through it, you realise that noone really cares what you look like and most importantly you only live once I know these are just words, and these words, you have most likely heard before, but say these words with deliberance, fully process your brain into believing them and your life will be so much better Plus, mines is nearly away now, with the use of methotrexate, dovobet, protopic and a myriad of other treatments. The ones that I have stated, I would say were the most effective for me Plus betnovate for scalp. I hope you start to feel better about yourself and get out of this rut, because I know how hard it is and I know the psychological warfare can be hindering to your social life and just life in general, but just try battle through it and hopefully you begin to feel better about yourself :^_^:
    apparently you can greatly improve or more or less cure your psoriasis if you watch what you eat and take certain supplements/green juice drinks etc.

    google: barney's formula.
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    (Original post by bunty64)
    yeh I see your point
    read up quite a bit on it and spoken to patients who provide anecdotal evidence.
    Niece has eczema and she's been tested for allergies etc.
    mmm, I think most doctors would say otherwise though. Obviously that's the case in some cases, especially when allergies have a lot to do with the eczema, but I don't really think it's something you can deduct from anecdotal evidence.
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    (Original post by missygeorgia)
    Yeah, I spose it's easy for me to say when (luckily) I've never had skin thinning.
    It's not pretty I didn't even realise until my GP pointed out that the disgusting-looking bits on my legs weren't eczema any more .


    (Original post by bunty64)
    apparently aqeuous cream is not good for moisturising eczematous skin (some will disagree), rather should be used as a soap substitute.
    Aveeno range meant to be good for eczema.
    I said to my doctor I'd heard somewhere that aqueous cream was bad, and she said it was good... I'm sure I read that it was damaging to skin somewhere... anything that makes it stop itching is good in my books though

    Soap substitutes are pretty rubbish in my experience for being used as soap, I end up using soap, and the substitute... since the substitute I have doesn't lather at all, it's like moisturiser, and can be used as one too.

    Speaking of soap, another thing my GP told me works is to stop showering/bathing as often... (but she said that advice is for people who do so about 3 times a day, not once a day so I didn't need to worry about getting smelly )

    I'd forgotten about Aveeno! I used it all the time when I was younger... I must try it again, it worked before
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    (Original post by amelle)
    i think they are linked.. i have a cousin who has both, and its because of a weaker immune system? or something along those lines..
    and i know what you mean about swimming... i actually love swimming but feel so self conscious in my swimming costume

    i cant believe the no. of responses on here about it which really does show that its more common than you think!! i didnt really think i was going to get many replies!!
    I've both, and a good few allergies as well.

    It never really bothered me, I actually quite like eczema, even when it's really bad. Bit weird like that. It only started affecting me when it spread to my nipple. I was away in Iceland at the time and it was the first flare up I had had in years, so I had nothing with me. Couldn't go to the doctors, was too expensive. My skin dissolved pretty much, it ended up weeping and stuff, had to use plasters to stop it from sticking to my tops (the plasters ended up aggravating it as I'm allergic to plaster glue). It being that obvious really got to me and it looked horrible, not that my girlfriend ever mentioned it, but having to say "not there" when she went to kiss around the area sort of got me a bit.

    Now it's on my penis, I don't know. My interest in finding anyone has disappeared with that.
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    (Original post by missygeorgia)
    mmm, I think most doctors would say otherwise though. Obviously that's the case in some cases, especially when allergies have a lot to do with the eczema, but I don't really think it's something you can deduct from anecdotal evidence.
    The anecdotal evidence I've heard from patients seems to back up what is on the internet (natural remedies). Things like apple cider vinegar, fish oil/flax seed oil/evening primrose oil supplements have proved to be very effective for many patients (yet specialists will say they make no difference).

    The thing which I've come to learn is that dermatologists in the uk don't seek to treat the cause of the eczema rather treat the symptoms. Now this is what they should be doing, but the causes should also be addressed (although differing opinions on causes and varies from person to person; although there are a few common ones).

    Your eczema will most probably come and go, but if you ever get a chance have a good look around on the internet for natural remedies.
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    (Original post by bunty64)
    The anecdotal evidence I've heard from patients seems to back up what is on the internet (natural remedies). Things like apple cider vinegar, fish oil/flax seed oil/evening primrose oil supplements have proved to be very effective for many patients (yet specialists will say they make no difference).

    The thing which I've come to learn is that dermatologists in the uk don't seek to treat the cause of the eczema rather treat the symptoms. Now this is what they should be doing, but the causes should also be addressed (although differing opinions on causes and varies from person to person; although there are a few common ones).

    Your eczema will most probably come and go, but if you ever get a chance have a good look around on the internet for natural remedies.
    Are you a medic?
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    (Original post by HeatherHatter)
    It's not pretty I didn't even realise until my GP pointed out that the disgusting-looking bits on my legs weren't eczema any more .




    I said to my doctor I'd heard somewhere that aqueous cream was bad, and she said it was good... I'm sure I read that it was damaging to skin somewhere... anything that makes it stop itching is good in my books though

    Soap substitutes are pretty rubbish in my experience for being used as soap, I end up using soap, and the substitute... since the substitute I have doesn't lather at all, it's like moisturiser, and can be used as one too.

    Speaking of soap, another thing my GP told me works is to stop showering/bathing as often... (but she said that advice is for people who do so about 3 times a day, not once a day so I didn't need to worry about getting smelly )

    I'd forgotten about Aveeno! I used it all the time when I was younger... I must try it again, it worked before
    you can get aveeno on prescription. people with inflamed skin conditions like eczema/psoriais shouldn't use anything with SLS (sodium laryl sulphate) as its a major irritant to these skin types.
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    (Original post by missygeorgia)
    Are you a medic?
    temp med secretary.
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    (Original post by bunty64)
    apparently you can greatly improve or more or less cure your psoriasis if you watch what you eat and take certain supplements/green juice drinks etc.

    google: barney's formula.
    Never in my life have I ever had a dermatologist say this to me, and although not infallible, I think such a treatment would have been at least mentioned by one of the several I've been to. No disrespect btw , just think if this method were true, I would have heard of it, plus my mum who also has it would have been told this.
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    (Original post by amelle)
    Hey, i was just wondering if anyone else had eczema???
    i've had it since i was a little girl and its always knocked my confidence
    how do you guys cope with it and do you have any good treatments?
    thanks guys
    xxx
    As a guy, yeah, it does knock my confidence a little in a way - but I do a lot of dangerous stuff anyway (martial arts, extreme sports etc.) so people that see it tend to think it's some kind of injury from skating or something :P That and I've had it my whole life, so I've kind of just grown used to it...

    Two summers ago I got it really, really bad though. It was whilst I was working in France for my work experience after my GCSEs, and I ended up being admitted to hospital for a week, where I was told that I had a pretty severe staph infection (thankfully no lasting side effects).

    Since then, I've had it on off. Currently I have patches on my ankles, just above my elbows, and about 8/10ths of the way up my thighs on the outward sides.

    ^__^
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    (Original post by bunty64)
    you can get aveeno on prescription. people with inflamed skin conditions like eczema/psoriais shouldn't use anything with SLS (sodium laryl sulphate) as its a major irritant to these skin types.
    Yeah, I've had it on prescription and on emas before... I'd just completely forgotten about it with all these exciting new creams I was having thrust at me .. none of which are working. Time to go back to basics I think Aveeno, here I come
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    (Original post by forgottensecret)
    Never in my life have I ever had a dermatologist say this to me, and although not infallible, I think such a treatment would have been at least mentioned by one of the several I've been to. No disrespect btw , just think if this method were true, I would have heard of it, plus my mum who also has it would have been told this.
    yeah that is the case with a lot of uk dermatologists. Their job is to treat the symptoms (with the conventional ointments etc) and address any obvious causes/triggers (eg. milk/eggs or contact dermatitis).

    Get your doc to check your Vit D levels. Supplemenation can help reduce inflammation (link between Vit D and inflammation response or something along thoes lines).

    Ever get time, have a root around on google for natural cures/remedies....

    barney's formula, acid/akaline diet/foods and the whole green juices which is linked to the alkaline diet
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    (Original post by HeatherHatter)
    :eek: Are they?
    I have it (:
    *goes off to Google this*

    EDIT:
    There is a link :eek:

    Learn something new every day

    My sister and three of my cousins have asthma and eczema.

    I got lucky and escaped with just the eczema.

    Apparently asthma, eczema and nut allergy that are linked.
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    remember in about 2000/2001, when the foot and mouth crisis was on? Well, i had always had eczema on my feet. then i got it really badly on my face. like, really really, whole face weeping badly. seems like everyone in the school asked me "so have you got foot and mouth?"
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    (Original post by ArtemisRose)
    My sister and three of my cousins have asthma and eczema.

    I got lucky and escaped with just the eczema.

    Apparently asthma, eczema and nut allergy that are linked.
    I wouldn't know if I had a nut allergy.. I don't touch the things :L and hardly touch anything which 'may contain nuts'.

    Pretty interesting how things like that can be all interconnected though... sort of.. if you like medical stuff... or random facts..
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    (Original post by bunty64)
    apparently aqeuous cream is not good for moisturising eczematous skin (some will disagree), rather should be used as a soap substitute.
    Aveeno range meant to be good for eczema.
    im using the aveeno range and its actually not bad, it not greasy which i like but its not a miracle but avoids flare ups. Im trial it only, may try something new soon.

    I've actually had enough of doctors and derm's, I've tried everything under the book and it just comes back. I have now stopped using cortisones and stick to natural products.

    I also heard petroleum (blocks pores, rather then absorbing) and SodiumL (also found in most shampoo's) isnt a good idea. And petroleum is in like all the creams you get generally for eczema.
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    (Original post by Stems)
    im using the aveeno range and its actually not bad, it not greasy which i like but its not a miracle but avoids flare ups. Im trial it only, may try something new soon.

    I've actually had enough of doctors and derm's, I've tried everything under the book and it just comes back. I have now stopped using cortisones and stick to natural products.
    aveeno is a good moisturiser (something to do with the oat extract;natural moisturiser) Problem with eczema is the natural barrier of the skin breaks down and open to irritants and loss of moisture.

    all trial and error really. go through a whole list and stick to the one whcih suits you best.

    google: purenuffstuff. Natural skin care range (without all the chemicals which aggrevate/cause these types of skin problems.
    The care range for eczema/psoriasis is meant to be good.
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    Mine's flared up like crazy recently - due to the weather and stress of exams I'm guessing. Just the other day I went to the GP's and he prescribed a topical steroid cream [Fucibet] as well as Diprobase and this other emollient. I've also started taking an anti-histamine again [Cetrizine] which is helping a lot.

    My eczema was horrendously bad when i was 16-18. I'd pratically scratch until my hands were bloody and i would have built up sheds of skin on the table - i was addicted to scratching. Disgusting!

    I don't think I have any food allergies :dontknow:
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    (Original post by cowsforsale)
    Mine's flared up like crazy recently - due to the weather and stress of exams I'm guessing. Just the other day I went to the GP's and he prescribed a topical steroid cream [Fucibet] as well as Diprobase and this other emollient. I've also started taking an anti-histamine again [Cetrizine] which is helping a lot.

    My eczema was horrendously bad when i was 16-18. I'd pratically scratch until my hands were bloody and i would have built up sheds of skin on the table - i was addicted to scratching. Disgusting!

    I don't think I have any food allergies :dontknow:
    could always ask your gp to send you for skin allergy test. depending on what your gp is like, may or may not refer you. Really want it, start nagging andthey send you off.

    as you said, flare-up most prob due to cold weather/stress.

    Lay off the junk food (I mean anything "processed"). eat natural as possible, drink tons of water.
 
 
 
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