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Tonic Please
3rd May 2005, 07:59
Does anyone have any good remedies for what I think is exema (sp?). I must say I've had it for 15 months. I'm one of those who finds going to the doctor a waste of time as they just tell you what you already know and give you something which you could have researched yourself and bought without a visit. (Mini rant over).

Its on my stomach. I shower daily, eat well and have clean sheets, clean clothes and all that but the bloody thing has not gone from my stomach (about 1 square inch) and has tried to come up on my elbows and behind my knees on both legs.

I did use hydrocotizone cream which helps, but its quite expensive considering it doesnt last long coz I need to put it in so many places :ouch:

It's almost impossible to not have a scratch. So, any creams? Old remedies? Egg yoke? (dunno where that came from)...

Suggestions appreciated!

Me.

gingernut
3rd May 2005, 08:43
Tonic, sorry to hear you've lost faith in your doc, but unfotunately,rashes are usually diagnosed by appearance and history alone, so go along and make the most of his/her expertise and experience.

Treatments are usually very effective once the correct diagnosis is made, however the wrong treatment for the wrong condition, could actually make things worse.

Alternatively go and see your community pharmacist.

Or,if you really can't face the experts, try using your mums moisturiser 4 times a day for the next 2 weeks.

Wingswinger
3rd May 2005, 08:55
Try EUMOVATE. Bought over the counter at Boot's. It worked for me.

Another thought:

Diet could be the problem. It often is. So is stress. You could see a nutrionist and take an allergy test. I found that eating too much wheat and wheat-based products made my skin itch and made me susceptible to lassitude and depression. I avoid the stuff now. Try to remove as many stressors from your life as you can.

HTH,

WS

cavortingcheetah
3rd May 2005, 09:13
:) The trouble with Hydrocortisone is that it breaks down the skin structure. It may help remove the rash but it will not generally cure the cause. Excema is a tricky customer.
I suggest that you apply Aloe Vera powder liberally for a week or so. This quite difficult to find but you could try this website:
www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
Do be careful it doesn't spread to your nether regions. That is very irritatingly itchy and wrecks the old sex life!;)

PilotsPal
3rd May 2005, 09:24
Do you use an aggressive type of detergent - one of the bio types? Try switching to a non-bio type if this is the case, and make sure you don't overload the washing machine so it can't rinse thoroughly.

Dairy products can also be an irritant for some people.

If it really is stubborn, I think you need to see a dermatologist.

Finchy
3rd May 2005, 09:53
Tonic Please check PM's

Regards

trimpot
3rd May 2005, 09:59
Tonic Please,
My 7 year old daughter has had eczema very badly all her life (a 1 in 10,000 case according to the dermitologist). My wife and I have tried everything from chinese herbs to steroid cream. The steroid cream works but the long term side effects are not very nice. The thing we have found which keeps it under control the best are two products called 'Ambrotose' and 'Phyt-Aloe' from a company called Mannatech. Look them up on the net. These two products haven't got rid of it completley but they seem to keep it under control. It is supposed to be all natural etc.

And before anyone gets on their high horse, I was as sceptical of this company as you can get and I still am. BUT it works in my daughters case; in fact if we run out she her eczema gets very bad very quick. And no, I have no financial interest in this company what so ever.

Seve

Devlin Carnet
3rd May 2005, 10:24
Hi,
It could also be Psoriasis, And if it is you have my sympathy,
I have had it for many years, and it can wreck your self esteem and confidence. you really need to find out what it is so you can start treating it.

Tonic Please
3rd May 2005, 11:23
(Thanks for putting this is the correct forum. I forgot there was a medical one :) )

Wow. Very impressed at all the replies. Thank you so much. I have written down all solutions that you have given to go to the shop and find. My little problem is that I live in Rouen, France now, but I'll have a good look for the items in a few pharmacies if I need to.

The detergeant I used in England has been the same type for years! Now I'm here, I'll check out which one seems to lessen the irritation.

Gingernut..I didnt make clear that I did actually go a long time ago and they suggested hydrocortizone. It did remove it a lot, but as has been said, once you run out, it begins to come back. I said about the doctors meaning that if i go there i'll just be told what i know and told to buy something else which, as we can see here, is much quicker and easier! Nevertheless, I do go if absolutely neccersary.

Thanks again all. As I say I have writte them alldown and check out the links etc..

Will inform of progress.
Dan :)

Eagle18th
3rd May 2005, 12:43
Dan,
My 3 year old daughter has suffered from eczema since she was only a few months old.
In our experience, the G.P.s we have seen don't have the specialist knowledge to deal with it, as there is no single cause, and each case may be brought on by different circumstances.
We have seen a dermatologist whose opinion is that moisturisation is the most important treatment.
We use Eumovate sparingly on the worst affected areas (commonly elbows and backs of knees), but limit the use to 3 days a week, which gives the skin time to recover from the steroid effects.
The best moisturiser for my daughter is Cetomacrogol, which we administer all over, twice a day. It's greasy and will stain clothing, so you need to allow time for the skin to absorb it before getting dressed.
We've tried other moisturisers, but this is the one which seems to work, without any side effects.
As I understand it, different treatments work for different people, so I hope you find something useful from the suggestions here.
Eagle18th

EDDM-Carl
3rd May 2005, 13:13
Hi Tonic,
Had such skinproblems for years, 3 different doctors, hydrocortison cremes etc.
But I am sure it comes from stress, if I go away for a weeks holidays, after 3 days the very itchy rash is going away. Also if the business runs very well, the rash goes back. Also a change to better shower gels or oils was good for me. Here in Germany I use EUCERIN Products for ex. pH5 Showeroil or Products from Bepanthem. The worst are these cheap showergels a la FA or LUX etc. They contain a lot of conservatives (Parabene)
Hope to have been of some help. AND DONT SCRATCH !!!
Carl

Out Of Trim
3rd May 2005, 14:36
Hi Tonic Please,

I have found this Website useful for suggestions and help for these conditions, they often distribute free samples of some products and may be of some help!

http://www.talkeczema.com/

All the best

T's+P's check
3rd May 2005, 14:59
I have both eczema and psoriasis which are treatable but not cureable! Before, I lived in France for several years and found a huge difference between the products that you are allowed buy with only a prescription and the ones that you can buy over the counter! The one's that you can buy without a prescription promise a lot but are not very good!
At one stage the eczema got so bad that I had to attend hospital to get U.V. light treatment(a sunbed) as this light contains vitamin D it works great and you get a nice tan also! If you decide to go and get a sunbed treatment yourself make sure you start with really low minutes and stick with that until it clears As the health care system in France is very good it's worthwhile to go along to the doctor and get it checked out, also if you have the carte d'assurence maladie you will get back most of the cost back! Good luck!

Hobo
3rd May 2005, 17:50
You might try:

"Canesten Cream" available worldwide.

"ZSC Powder" available only in Australia (Amcal Pharmacies) made by Sigma Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, Clayton, Victoria

Both these worked for difficult eczema type skin problems for my kids.

acbus1
3rd May 2005, 17:56
This thread is making me itch. :\

flyingbee
3rd May 2005, 19:59
I find it helpful to keep excema under control and prevent flare ups using the emollient Diprobase, available over the counter and on prescripiton in the UK. This helps minimise the steroid cream required by preventing it. I apply the affected areas once or twice a day.

My GP said to me to use shower gel etc spareingly, even if you aren't allergic, because it strips the moisture from the skin.

hope you get it sorted and properly diagnosed.

flyingbee