Does anyone have a herbal remedy for eczema? My daughter suffers from eczema she has been using Protopic and now her immune system is breaking down.
I've had off and on outbreaks for 15 years. The best relief I've found is in the tanning bed. 3-4 visits per week at 10-15 minutes per visit really helps to dry out the patches. For patches on the scalp I've recently tried Nizoral shampoo. It is listed as an anti-dandruff shampoo, but works great on my eczema. I bought the non-prescription strength at my local CVS, but you can also have your doctor prescribe it. (09/10/2005)
As a child I was covered with eczema. The doctor suggested soaking in Epsom salts and voila. No more eczema. My friend's father used boric acid mixed into petroleum jelly and it worked for him. (09/10/2005)
When we went to Hawaii a while ago, we got some Kukui Oil. It is fabulous! It is said to have incredible success for people with eczema, psoriasis, etc.
I had terrible eczema, and was taking flax seed oil for another health reason and my eczema went away. Since it always flares up and goes away I stopped taking the flax seed oil and it came back. I experimented a couple of times with this and then read that there is some research that suggests that flax seed oil prevents flareups. I am taking it now every day and have not had a breakout since.
I get mine at CostCo, but I'm sure you could get it at Target or a drug store. WalMart does not seem to carry it in my area.
But be warned, it is an excellent laxative. So if you have problems with diarrhea, I suggest increasing and lowering the dose until you can live with the side effect. It took me about a week and a half of experimenting until I found a good dose that did not give me stomach problems. (09/11/2005)
I have a daughter who has mild eczema and the best treatment I have found for it is Eucerine cream. Multiple applications of an effected area, and in 1 to 2 days it is gone. (09/13/2005)
You should try using seaweed powder: http://www.seaweedpowder.co.uk/.
It works great at reducing the redness caused by eczema immediately and after a while it can cure it all together. (09/27/2005)
First, a little background on myself. I've had eczema since I was a baby and it was bad enough when I was little that I got staph infections. The doctors all told me and my parents I would "grow out of it." Wrong answer. I still have eczema in the creases of my limbs (i.e. elbows, knees, ankles, etc.). Luckily, my boss has a sister who owns a company that sells products to make your own lotions.
Since my main problem is allergic reactions to the products in lotions, this was a life saver for me. I learned how to make lotion for myself and loved being able to experiment with different oils for a more moisturizing lotion. I don't currently do it because I don't have the time to make it, but I highly recommend it for someone who is extremely sensitive to regular products. One thing I have found to work for me is Cetaphil cream. It stinks because any lotion without fragrance stinks, but it is fantastic. I hate putting lotion or creams on because it's gooey and I hate the way it feels on my skin, but I can either live with the gooey skin or deal with cracking, bleeding skin. I think I'll take gooey skin.
A few products that I've discovered through my lotion making are:
The website for the company I use (very reasonably priced) is www.thesage.com. They have products and even recipes for lotions, creams, and body butters. This was a life saver for me. They even have stuff so you can make your own soap. They also have standard lotion, cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap bases without any fragrance in them so you don't have hunt all around for fragrance free products.
Another thing that I love for my skin, but other people detest is lanolin. I buy the anhydrous (solid) lanolin, slather it on my hands, then put gloves on. The next day my skin is soft and starting to heal. I found out that lanolin works like a dream because I spin wool on a spinning wheel and noticed my hands were healing when I was spinning wool. You can use lanolin when making lotion, creams, and other things, but need to be careful because if you overheat it, it can get grainy and ruins the properties of the lanolin.
Sorry this is so long, but I hope this helps some of you. If any of you have any questions, please e-mail me through this site. (05/09/2007)
My 8 year old has suffered from eczema since he was a baby, lately it has been really bad. I was told of an 'old wives tale' using porridge oats. I put a cup of porridge oats in a sock and run the hot water through it when running a bath, while bathing use the oat filled sock as a washcloth, after 4 or 5 nights I have noticed the redness is a bit better and he doesn't complain of itching. (02/07/2008)
My son is 3 and has severe eczema. We are scheduled to see an allergist that specializes in pediatric patients, we have to go to Boston for this. We've found out a few things about this condition that some doctors don't mention and that is that after being on a cortizone cream for a long time the patient gets used to it and it no longer works. Which is what happened in my son's case.
There is a prescription called Atopiclare that is not a steroid instead it's a cream meant for eczema. Atopiclare is very expensive 150.00, I found that it works well on moderate eczema, but on the really bad spots it does not help. Flair ups from eczema are usually caused from an allergy. I believe it's best to figure out the cause first and try to avoid those things. Have your child brought to a allergist and tested for what might be causing his flair ups. Also, unless his eczema is fairly bad most doctors will simply treat it with a steroid cream. I'd insist he sees a specialist. Also I've had people recommend a naturopathic specialist. We have one not far from us; you might want to check for one in your area. We plan on visiting one if we can't get a solution from the allergist. Hope this helps (04/27/2008)
You might want to try Vanicream soap and Vanicream skin cream in large tub. It is fabulous for eczema. Buy at www.drugstore.com. (08/06/2008)
By Cathy from MA
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