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I've go a bit of eczema on my foot and joints, but it's SERIOUSLY itchy. The more I scratch it, the more it spreads but I just can't help it!

It is now spreading very quickly to all parts of my body, and now that it's Summer, it's gonna cause me a lot of problems. What to do? I've tried every ointment, none of them work. They just make my skin all greasy.

Could I get a jab or something to sop i and make it just a bit better?

Thanks.

BTW, I don't go to doctor because he really isn't much help.
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Try not to scratch it, it makes it worse and it spreads. Apply ise or something cold when itchy. I don't have it but my mum does, and she uses quarterzone zone(i don't know how to spell it!).
Ask your doc for some of that or your summer will be a nightmare.
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^ Cortisone/hydrocortisone cream, it's a type of steroid cream [corticosteroid] available in different strengths with or without prescription. It can be very good to stop eczema from itching a lot and spreading, but I would suggest if possible to see a doctor of some kind if the eczema is spreading as they may be able to prescribe not just cortisone and the ideal strength but also other stuff that might be useful [eg aqueous cream, E45, oilatum...], as well as try an pinpoint the trigger of it or if you already know, things that can stop said trigger from causing the eczema/making it worse
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I have Eczema too; I use various creams that my doctor subscribes me. I see a Dermatologist; get your GP to refer you to one. Dermatologists really understand Eczema and Skin problems, so you must see one.

I find in the spring/summer seasons that my Eczema acts up. I am really self-conscious about it since the Eczema areas on my arms, neck and my back have really dark patches they are really discoloured and I hate them, I am quite a light skinned Indian so the dark patches really show up . Sometimes the itching is so intense that I have to scratch it to get the feeling of itching away. Then I am back to where I started it really sucks, it's like a vicious circle. Because I see everyone wearing short tops and I can't because the Eczema patches look like bruises. So I have to cover them up with a long sleeve top, but that does not help it. So I make sure that when I am at home I try to wear t-shirts. I find when the period of time I don’t scratch it starts to disappear but I am still left with the scars of the eczema which is also depressing, I guess my skin bruises easy, it’s way to sensitive. I wish I had normal skin.

I don’t know if this has helped you but, I only advice I can give you is don’t scratch it will get worse and spread but that’s the nature of eczema. Just try to ignore it, and your lucky if you only get eczema that is just red and without dark pigmentation like me. There is no cure for eczema because it’s in your DNA so if you stop scratching it will completely disappear. You may be scratching yourself because of stresses, so just try to calm yourself down and don’t take it out on your skin. You must try to brake the vicious circle and take your mind off from your itching and do something else.

I hope this helps.
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(Original post by Joey C)
Hey all

I've go a bit of eczema on my foot and joints, but it's SERIOUSLY itchy. The more I scratch it, the more it spreads but I just can't help it!

It is now spreading very quickly to all parts of my body, and now that it's Summer, it's gonna cause me a lot of problems. What to do? I've tried every ointment, none of them work. They just make my skin all greasy.

Could I get a jab or something to sop i and make it just a bit better?

Thanks.

BTW, I don't go to doctor because he really isn't much help.
You don't say how serious your eczema is, but depending on its condition, you WILL need to see a doctor, as anything stronger than hydrocortisone and E45 is prescription only. As much as I'll agree that the majority of doctors are flippin' useless when it comes to eczema, you need to see them and play the game if you want drugs. It's how the system works.

Do you know what your trigger is? Diet, allergies, stress, etc ? If you know that hot weather aggravates your eczema, it's especially important to be careful about avoiding your other triggers, at this time of year.

If ointments are not helping, ask for the cream version instead. A lot of GPs assume that the ointment version is better for you, as it helps moisturise the skin better, but I personally find it just makes my skin impossibly itchy, makes me scratch, and it's another step back. I always use creams instead of ointments.

There is no miracle cure for eczema - but there may be some treatments you haven't tried yet. PUVA (light treatment) therapy, homeopathy, wet wraps, etc.

I realise that it's incredibly difficult not to scratch your eczema when it's itchy, but learning to control that urge will do wonders for your skin. In the summer, I would suggest soaking your feet in cool water as often as possible, and/or taking more than one shower, if you find that it helps soothe your skin. Sandal style shoes may make you self-conscious of your eczema, but if it doesn't bother you wearing them, buy yourself a pair and let the air circulate around your feet.

See a GP, and if your GP is useless, see a different one and ask for a referral to a dermatologist. Simple. Don't let one inept fool put you off seeking a solution. Eczema cannot be cured, but with a bit of luck, it can be controlled.
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Does anyone know if there's anything else something that looks like eczema could be?

I've had a patch on my little finger for the past two years and recently it's been spreading over the finger next to it and onto my hand in this circular shape. I can't straigthen my finger because the skin is so cracked and it keeps bleeding in the creases. Also I burnt the tip of my finger next to it over a month ago and it's turning into it too.


I do have a docs appointment booked for the end of this week but I'd still like to know. I'm guessing it is just eczema but I've never had it before and it seems like a funny place! Cream has failed me so far.
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I'd suggest limiting your dairy intake somewhat, as dairy tends to exaccerbate problems for a lot of excema sufferers.

Also, (and I can't stress this enough) COD LIVER OIL. You won't see it work for a while but it DOES work. My Dad's excema used to be seriously horrendous and this was the only thing he found that worked (and he tried just about everything).

I've got quite a nasty patch of it on my leg at the moment and I've taken to taping (surgical tape, obviously!) a cotton wool pad over it - I clean the area first and put some cream on both the area and the cotton wool. It stops me from scratching it (because the temptation is really unbearable!), stops my trousers irritating it and means that it gets lots of moisture. It's definitely making a difference.
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the best thing to do is see your doctor and ask to be percribed hydrocortosone (i currently dont use it cos i used it for years and it eventually made my skin peel) or something stronger like eumovate!

if this doesn't help then try finding the trigger...its hard cos it really could be anything. mines grass but also made worse by heat and anything that can iritate my skin which is anything from shaving cream to deaodrant.

Use hyposensitive tolitries and non-bio laundry detergent as they can dry out your skin as well as using moisturiser on a daily basis.

if its in ur joints then try to keep cool, if you sweat then dry off ur joints as soon as possible because when it evaporates it can also leave ur skin dry.

Think thats all the helpful hints i have for now!
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I'm a long term sufferer of eczema all over, and I really sympathise with some people's accounts of the disease.

As many people have said here, GPs are generally useless, but you must go to them, as E45 and other generic moisturiser types are fairly limited in what they can do, and only a steroid can properly limit inflamed skin.

If you have never used hydrocortisone before, you may well find that it works, but often it's the case that a higher power steroid (clobetasone, betamethasone, mometasone...) will work.

I personally find that putting on moisturisers after a shower really help keep the skin calm, whereas just putting on moisturisers on irritated skin doesn't always help. And as others have said, scratching it will only make it worse, you must do your best to avoid direct contact of nails on the skin. And you really should get it seen, because if it gets infected it can really get nasty (and the GPs diagnose that wrongly too, more often than not...)

Incidentally, do any sufferers here find that they can control their itching during the day, but while asleep, the nails do a lot of damage to skin? Anyone know how to control that (or any tips at all) while asleep? And also, I've not yet been able to determine a trigger, and any tests and stuff I've done have not been conclusive. Does anyone have a method for determining triggers? I've not yet tried avoiding dairy foods, might actually just give that a go.
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(Original post by LennonMcCartney)
Incidentally, do any sufferers here find that they can control their itching during the day, but while asleep, the nails do a lot of damage to skin? Anyone know how to control that (or any tips at all) while asleep? And also, I've not yet been able to determine a trigger, and any tests and stuff I've done have not been conclusive. Does anyone have a method for determining triggers? I've not yet tried avoiding dairy foods, might actually just give that a go.
I've always itched more at night/in bed than during the day. I don't really have a problem anymore as some of it left with childhood and the rest I've determined my triggers, but I have never learnt how to not itch at night I still do it in when I'm tired even when I don't have eczema as I'm accustomed to falling asleep doing it. And I've woken myself up itching (?!). That's a weird feeling. It caused problems with minor cuts on my back and face that I've gone to efforts of fixing [creams, oils etc].

I would say start with the obvious triggers - eg google eczema triggers or look something up in a health dictionary as to common triggers and see what that does. For example, mine are fairly straightforward. I don't get eczema randomly anymore [thankfully] so all I have are triggers. Biological or chemical soaps/detergents kill me, I flare up awfully. Stress causes patchy breakouts. Dairy generally made my skin worse but since I found that out I became lactose intolerant so... :rolleyes: Incidentally my skin is better, esp. on my face, it's a lot less dry. But yeah, those triggers/issues are very common. If it's not anything like that it may be worth trying to see some form of allergist/specialist who could help you pinpoint what it is, run tests or whatnot, though I have no idea how helpful they are with eczema.
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(Original post by LennonMcCartney)
Incidentally, do any sufferers here find that they can control their itching during the day, but while asleep, the nails do a lot of damage to skin? Anyone know how to control that (or any tips at all) while asleep? And also, I've not yet been able to determine a trigger, and any tests and stuff I've done have not been conclusive. Does anyone have a method for determining triggers? I've not yet tried avoiding dairy foods, might actually just give that a go.
Have you had allergy testing done? Some of my triggers are really obscure sounding chemicals that you find in a lot of different shampoos, soaps, washing up liquids, etc... That sort of information is really hard to work out by trial and error.

When I was younger, my sister used to put socks on my hands so I couldn't scratch when I was asleep. :rolleyes: Sounds a bit stupid, but maybe worth a shot? These days I tend to either sleep on top of my hands, or hold onto my boyfriend. Both work.

If you're struggling to figure out your triggers, it would be worth keeping a diary listing all new substances with which you've come into contact, your mood and the state of your eczema. Really monotonous stuff, but if you're at the desperate stage, it's got to be worth trying.

My eczema is triggered by a billion different allergies, but also by my emotional state - which is why I suggested keeping a track of your mood as well. I know that when I'm stressed or low, my eczema is more prone to get out of control.

(Doesn't help I'm living with the world's worst housemate this year, then. :mad:)
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(Original post by AisAis)
Does anyone know if there's anything else something that looks like eczema could be?

I've had a patch on my little finger for the past two years and recently it's been spreading over the finger next to it and onto my hand in this circular shape. I can't straigthen my finger because the skin is so cracked and it keeps bleeding in the creases. Also I burnt the tip of my finger next to it over a month ago and it's turning into it too.


I do have a docs appointment booked for the end of this week but I'd still like to know. I'm guessing it is just eczema but I've never had it before and it seems like a funny place! Cream has failed me so far.

Hey not sure if anyone has replied to you yet but I might know what this is!!lol! I had exactly the same around my belly button for about two years then quite recently it got really sore and started spreading. Apparently if you get it in a round circle it is usually a fungal infection. My doctor gave me some cream with quite a wierd name on prescription and its only taken about two weeks to start to disappear. try not to touch it because once it starts to spread it goes everywhere. In the end it was all up my legs
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(Original post by LennonMcCartney)
I'm a long term sufferer of eczema all over, and I really sympathise with some people's accounts of the disease.

As many people have said here, GPs are generally useless, but you must go to them, as E45 and other generic moisturiser types are fairly limited in what they can do, and only a steroid can properly limit inflamed skin.

If you have never used hydrocortisone before, you may well find that it works, but often it's the case that a higher power steroid (clobetasone, betamethasone, mometasone...) will work.

I personally find that putting on moisturisers after a shower really help keep the skin calm, whereas just putting on moisturisers on irritated skin doesn't always help. And as others have said, scratching it will only make it worse, you must do your best to avoid direct contact of nails on the skin. And you really should get it seen, because if it gets infected it can really get nasty (and the GPs diagnose that wrongly too, more often than not...)

Incidentally, do any sufferers here find that they can control their itching during the day, but while asleep, the nails do a lot of damage to skin? Anyone know how to control that (or any tips at all) while asleep? And also, I've not yet been able to determine a trigger, and any tests and stuff I've done have not been conclusive. Does anyone have a method for determining triggers? I've not yet tried avoiding dairy foods, might actually just give that a go.
Hey I know it sounds a bit silly but you could wear 100% cotton gloves in bed. I do when my eczema is really bad. I think you can get them from bodyshop sometimes or buy them online or from boots they are quite cheap.
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Hey I know it sounds a bit silly but you could wear 100% cotton gloves in bed. I do when my eczema is really bad. I think you can get them from bodyshop sometimes or buy them online or from boots they are quite cheap.
You can definitely buy cotton gloves from Boots, which are quite good if you want to put cream on your hands without it staining your bed stuff. But if you're using them for anti-scratching purposes, I would still recommend medium-thick socks. I have several pairs of cotton gloves with holes in the finger tips where I managed to scratch through the cotton and destroy the gloves. Socks are much harder to break. And cheaper to buy.
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I don’t know if this has helped you but, I only advice I can give you is don’t scratch it will get worse and spread but that’s the nature of eczema. Just try to ignore it, and your lucky if you only get eczema that is just red and without dark pigmentation like me. There is no cure for eczema because it’s in your DNA so if you stop scratching it will completely disappear. You may be scratching yourself because of stresses, so just try to calm yourself down and don’t take it out on your skin. You must try to brake the vicious circle and take your mind off from your itching and do something else.

I hope this helps.
Thanks y'all, advice taken.

Actually mine goes all dark as well. My friends always notice my neck, and I hate it.
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As an eczma/psoriasis suffer whose condition has just started spreading this summer (started exercising again, stupid changes in body heat)! I'd like to bring up something I tried in second year of uni...

Basically I went to Dr. & herbs and someone there sold me a treatment (parents were paying) which involved 3 doses of small pills , 2 doses of another pill.. a shower with a certain shampoo then applying some paste to the patches after the shower.

It was about £70 for a months worth of treatment, which of course isn't cheap (and sounds like a con) but I have to say it worked surprisingly well! It cleared up the patches completely on one arm and had I not caught a cold halfway through (states it can't be used if you are ill) would have expected more of it to be cleared.

On another note, has anyone had any luck with sea/salt water?
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You could ask the doctor for some antihistamine tablets (to stop any inflammation) and a good moisturizer e.g. Doublebase.
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aqueous cream is a godsend, if you've never tried it you definitely should, it's water based so it's not greasy, and you can get a massive tub for around £3 from boots, asda, or any good chemist. Also, I completely agree with the cod liver oil thing, but I would perhaps try plain fish oil capsules first (also from asda), and maybe vitamin E, they do take a while to work but well worth it
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I'm gonna try the cod liver oil thing tomorrow... I've tried aqeous cream on many occaisons... it works for only about an hour...
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i have eczema i use dakicort
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