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    Hey everyone.

    I've suffered from eczema since I was a baby, at varying degrees throughout my life. The past few years, for some reason, it's just been getting worse. Luckily it's not weeping, infected and pussy like it has been in the past, but at the moment I just have a lot of it, red and patchy, on my legs, back, stomach, and occasionally on my bum. You can imagine how annoying that is in the summer when you want to wear short shirts etc, to have red blotchy and itchy legs.

    Im constantly at the doctors for repeat prescriptions, use special shower gel, moisturise regularly etc. The only thing that seems to work is steroid creams, but you cant keep using these as they thin your skin, and literally as soon as its cleared up and i stop using the cream, it comes back.

    After literally trying every method in the book, I decided to entertain the thought that it might be a food allergy. This week i have completely cut wheat out of my diet. the first few days i was amazed. things seemed to be clearing up, I wasnt itchy etc. I was so excited at the thought that i may have finally found the cause. Then today, out of nowhere, its bad again. I havent eaten anything different than other days this week.

    Im going to give the wheat thing a another week and see what happens, then try dairy next.

    Anyone else suffer badly and get their lives made miserable by eczema? Any tips?

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    i have it but. its particuarlly bad on my hands just now. Its worst when i wake up in the middle of the night, where i have to hold my hands together tightly to try and stop myself from scratching it

    i dont know whats causing it but i dont thinks its food. and the fact that it is predominantly on my right hand and rarely does it appear on my left hand makes me suspicious...
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    I have it but I used to have it extremely bad when I was young. Up to about the age of 14 say, it started to get better like I used to have it really bad on my legs but they got hairy as I grew up so it started to go though I still get it flaring up on my inner arm, hands, face from time to time.. mostly when it's irritated by sweat or i'm stressed. I said I was clearing up but when I was about 13 or 14 I got real bad eczema on my face.. maybe even psoriasis, I had tried lots of stuff in the past and the best thing that worked as eucerin cream and the face wash, and also E45 face wash. It worked unbelievably well and cleared it up in few months. I also changed my diet though, for well over a year I didn't eat any crap at all or anything like that which does irritate it.
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    i have it too, mine used to be well bad...sometimes gud...sumtimes really bad...but recently its jus cleared up.....i use diprobase, it works pretty well and drink lots of water...usually keeps ur skin hydrated
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    i used to have it hardcore on my hands when i was about 6, then nothing for like 10 years - then in the last few years it came back again and ive been chasing it around my hands with with the steroid creams like betnovate, eumovate and dermovate - but they never got rid of it. Ive had more success with some dodgy white cream from a local chinese medicine place. Still wont completely dissappear, but its prtty much invisible and certinaly rarely itches at all, and confined to a few small areas too. If i stop using the cream it does just come back though

    You could try some alternative remedies, but one hears about some such **** having like loads of heavy metals in them, or just really high steroid concs - cuz they can get them in without normal medical ****. Worth looking into it anyway.

    Have u had a patch test with like loads of possible gay things that might be owning you?

    --Joe
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    apparently there is a 6 month waiting list for allergy tests at my hospital.

    i wouldnt mind if i just got bad flare ups occasionally. i could handle that because i could just conquer it with steroid creams. but its constant, and i cant keep using the steroids.

    diprobase was good in the bath when i was little but its far too mild to sort out my eczema. i use aqueous moisturiser all over twice a day to keep my skin hydrated. it doesnt feel particularly dry anywhere but the eczema patches so its not cos i dont moisturise enough.

    Sigh. i was so excited about this wheat thing. and now im so deflated because it doens't look like it is that.

    as for the right hand thing... i get it on my palls, slightly worse on my left than my right. i put it down to washing up liquid and it has cleared up since i got back from uni and dont do any washing up anymore!!
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    quite surprised more people don't suffer, actually....
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    I find mine is made a bit better by exposure to the sun if that's any help... best excues yet for spending my time lazing around outside :cool:

    skevvybritt x
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    I've suffered from atopic eczema on and off since I was a baby. At first I had it at the back of my knees and in the crooks of my elbows, then the problems went away for a few years and when I was 15 the eczema returned, this time on my hands. I was prescribed a steroid cream, which worked very well but was obviously not ideal for prolonged use. I still remember the agony of all that itching...

    Anyway, I have now been eczema-free for about 5 years - I have no idea why it stopped, I never worked out whether the eczema was triggered by anything in particular. The skin on my hands is still quite dry (perhaps because of those steroid creams, who knows) which means that I have to moisturise every time I wash them; I use Vaseline lotion, which works for me. I always use gloves for things like washing up.

    I'm sorry I can't offer any specific advice, just my sympathy. Hopefully your eczema will clear up on its own one day.

    One final thought. Sea water is meant to be good for eczema - have you ever noticed any improvement during a seaside holiday? Alternatively, I wonder whether any of the Dead Sea products would be any good?

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    thanks.the sun just seems to make me sweat and that makes the eczema worse, and also the heat makes me itch more which in turn makes it worse.

    i cant remember the last time i went in the sea. again it makes me itch loads...
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    Do you go to your GP or a dermatologist? It might be worth asking your GP to refer you to a specialist if (s)he hasn't already... Just a thought.
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    Wheat isn't normally a cause of exzema; that's something long like dermatitis hepatiformis.

    My friend cut all dairy products out of her diet, and that helped her excema. But if you are going tpo try anything like this you really need to see a specialist/dietitican, as you tend to "cut out" rather than "replace" and can thus end up with an unhealthy diet
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    (Original post by Jenna999)
    Hey everyone.

    I've suffered from eczema since I was a baby, at varying degrees throughout my life. The past few years, for some reason, it's just been getting worse. Luckily it's not weeping, infected and pussy like it has been in the past, but at the moment I just have a lot of it, red and patchy, on my legs, back, stomach, and occasionally on my bum. You can imagine how annoying that is in the summer when you want to wear short shirts etc, to have red blotchy and itchy legs.

    Im constantly at the doctors for repeat prescriptions, use special shower gel, moisturise regularly etc. The only thing that seems to work is steroid creams, but you cant keep using these as they thin your skin, and literally as soon as its cleared up and i stop using the cream, it comes back.

    After literally trying every method in the book, I decided to entertain the thought that it might be a food allergy. This week i have completely cut wheat out of my diet. the first few days i was amazed. things seemed to be clearing up, I wasnt itchy etc. I was so excited at the thought that i may have finally found the cause. Then today, out of nowhere, its bad again. I havent eaten anything different than other days this week.

    Im going to give the wheat thing a another week and see what happens, then try dairy next.

    Anyone else suffer badly and get their lives made miserable by eczema? Any tips?

    xxx
    Do nothing more or less than your GP suggests. Don't waste your time. One of my female friends has it all over - she looks as red as traffic lights and has really really dry and flakey skin. - Yet she's probarbly the girl who'se most popular with the lads. - I promise. - Her picture is on the web, I'd happily direct you to it if you PM me. On second thoughts, that's probarbly not a good idea without her permission. Once you mature a little, I think you'll find stuff like that dosen't matter. Eventually your personality ALWAYS shines through. Sorry if this sounds patronising, but its true.
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    mature a little? 20's not mature enough..?
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    (Original post by Book)
    Do nothing more or less than your GP suggests. Don't waste your time. One of my female friends has it all over - she looks as red as traffic lights and has really really dry and flakey skin. - Yet she's probarbly the girl who'se most popular with the lads. - I promise. - Her picture is on the web, I'd happily direct you to it if you PM me. On second thoughts, that's probarbly not a good idea without her permission. Once you mature a little, I think you'll find stuff like that dosen't matter. Eventually your personality ALWAYS shines through. Sorry if this sounds patronising, but its true.
    I don't think this thread is about eczema making someone unattractive to the opposite sex - Jenna was asking a simple question about its treatment. Eczema may make no difference when it comes to one's personality "shining through", but it's unpleasant as hell for anyone unlucky to suffer from it (imagine constantly itching). Your post is a little irrelevant, I think, not to mention patronising...
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    (Original post by Jenna999)
    Hey everyone.

    I've suffered from eczema since I was a baby, at varying degrees throughout my life. The past few years, for some reason, it's just been getting worse. Luckily it's not weeping, infected and pussy like it has been in the past, but at the moment I just have a lot of it, red and patchy, on my legs, back, stomach, and occasionally on my bum. You can imagine how annoying that is in the summer when you want to wear short shirts etc, to have red blotchy and itchy legs.

    Im constantly at the doctors for repeat prescriptions, use special shower gel, moisturise regularly etc. The only thing that seems to work is steroid creams, but you cant keep using these as they thin your skin, and literally as soon as its cleared up and i stop using the cream, it comes back.

    After literally trying every method in the book, I decided to entertain the thought that it might be a food allergy. This week i have completely cut wheat out of my diet. the first few days i was amazed. things seemed to be clearing up, I wasnt itchy etc. I was so excited at the thought that i may have finally found the cause. Then today, out of nowhere, its bad again. I havent eaten anything different than other days this week.

    Im going to give the wheat thing a another week and see what happens, then try dairy next.

    Anyone else suffer badly and get their lives made miserable by eczema? Any tips?

    xxx
    Hiay i know how ya feel I have Psoriasis and it is a biatch and a half i'm tellin ya...have you seen a dermatologist yet? if not i would make a point of your doctor to give you a referral as they can give you stronger ointments which work better in the long run, do allergy tests and if allowed you can receive light treatment - which at the moment I am getting for my Psoriasis. Also you say your ezcema is infected and weeping I would go and get an anti-biotic from the doctor also at the moment as it can lead to impetigo, however you say you have been looking through books etc....some do have fad diets for ezcema so I would personally not believe them - dermatologist first - books later

    During the nice weather I would get on a little short skirt and a strappy top and take in the rays as UVB and UVA are 'apparently' good for skin disorders but make sure you dont burn - cause ouch its sore especially on the patches and if possible sit in a little paddling pool full of dead sea salts it also helps to clean the patches and water reflects the light stronger.....hope this helps you a little

    I know how ya feel all about it... I have Psoriasis on my face (easily covered with make-up though), back, chest, stomach and legs

    so good luck

    Love, Tammy xoxo
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    I know it's a chiche (and yes I do love quoting them...), but you don't magically become an adult once you turn 18. I'd understand if you dont agree with me now, but eventually it will click. - Maybe when 30, maybe 40, but trust me, click it will. Looks are just that. Simple appearances, and do not correlate with the reality of personality. In my opinion, the ONLY thing which matters in the long run is your honesty and relability. - e.g. would I trust you to look after my children if I have to go out for a day (hipothetically)? or Do I trust your judgment and fairness enough to take your advise for a difficult situation? I know I've yet to earn this level of trust with most people, but loads of people I know have lots of respect for my dad, but that's another story...

    For now, just use your exzema as a filter, to clean out all the guys who only want you for your appearance. Love from... (Was going to write "Book" but it seems so rediculus as it's not my real name.)
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    (Original post by Manatee)
    I don't think this thread is about eczema making someone unattractive to the opposite sex - Jenna was asking a simple question about its treatment. Eczema may make no difference when it comes to one's personality "shining through", but it's unpleasant as hell for anyone unlucky to suffer from it (imagine constantly itching). Your post is a little irrelevant, I think, not to mention patronising...
    My post is in my opinion relevelt as it somewhat negates the quetion. I appologise if you find it patronising though. Cheers
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    (Original post by Book)
    she looks as red as traffic lights and has really really dry and flakey skin.
    I am sorry, but personally I find that quote particulary insulting, its a skin disease yes but to remark that she looks as red as traffic lights isnt the way to go, i'm sorry if you were making another point across, but it is highly insulting to people who have rosecea(sp...), dermatitis, Ezcema, Psoriasis or Vitiligo - its a skin disease yes but it can hold a lot more than that such as mental disorders resolving from having the disease and also other medical disorders such as overuse with steroids causing blood vessels to dilate, bone thinning and can bring about depression to a sufferer. All I'm saying is change your wording as its hard enough to look at it without others making comments of it. I'm sure you wouldnt say that to your friends face about her looking like traffic lights xoxo
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    (Original post by Book)
    For now, just use your exzema as a filter, to clean out all the guys who only want you for your appearance. Love from... (Was going to write "Book" but it seems so rediculus as it's not my real name.)
    what the hell are you banging on about? no offence, i appreciate you trying to help but... 'using my eczema as a filter?' its not all about how others perceive it. ihave a very understanding boyfriend. its about how it makes ME feel, how i think it looks etc. because i want to look nice, for my own benefit, not covered in blotches. I want to feel more confident. and believe me, if i still have it when i'm 30 i'll still feel the same.
 
 
 
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