Eczema is a skin disorder that can cause a lot of pain, itching and discomfort. This is a guide about remedies for eczema.
My young granddaughter has bad eczema on the back of her legs behind the knees. Has anyone a remedy that will help? Is it due to the jeans being too tight on her legs. It is also, due to synthetic materials.
By Betty from NZ
I have it and so do my grand children. Wearing tight clothing doesn't help it keeps the heat in and the body temp needs to remain cool. Cool baths are great. Anything that keeps heat in shouldn't be used. Hence, rash develops and itching starts etc. I'm not much on home remedies especially on children so I use Eucerine creme not lotion and 3 times a day apply to effected areas.
My elbows break out bad and I have been told that it is either contact dermatitis or stress induced eczema and nothing seems to stop the rashes. I have to use perfume free soaps and detergents and this helps. I have found that if I use just enough white sugar in some water to make the water sweet and put it on the rash and leave it, it seems to stop the itching which stops the scratching which seems to help the rash clear up faster.
I am looking for good advice for eczema.
By Marcy from TX
My cousin used Crisco shortening on his eczema. I believe his was partially caused by a cat allergy. However, it worked.
A dear friend suffers from eczema over his entire body. Quite a few years ago someone told him to use Neutrogena shampoo all over his body. My friend did so and within two weeks of everyday use (and using it as a body wash) the rash disappeared. Mind you, whenever there is a flare up this has to be done. Also, my friend used a generic brand and it worked just as well.
My husband has eczema in his hair. Can anyone suggest anything to help, and to stop the scratching of his scalp, and the flakes falling on his shoulders?
By V.M. from O'C
If this is for sure eczema, you should see a dermatologist for special shampoos or whatever. However, if it could possibly be ordinary dandruff - which can be very itchy and certainly involves flakes! You could try some of the excellent dandruff shampoos.
I would start with Head and Shoulders. If that doesn't work, consult with your druggist as there are several good dandruff shampoos for different sorts of dandruff that you can try. If you have already done all this, it is time to see a doctor.
You might try a coal-tar shampoo. I don't remember the name of it, It was recommended by the doctor, and, it helps and is not real expensive. It does smell better than it sounds.
I have eczema. I was wondering if you can use cocoa butter to help with eczema. I researched it on the internet but they wouldn't say what type of cocoa butter to buy. Can cocoa butter help with eczema? If so, what type of cocoa butter can i use?
Kimberly from Columbia, SC
I can't attest to this but I've also heard that you can use coconut oil for eczema. I recently purchased a small canister of some at WalMart for a couple of bucks over on the food aisle where the oils are. It can be ingested as well as used for cooking but is also supposed to be good for the skin. It comes in a solid form but will melt from the heat of your hand into a liquid form. I tried a little on my hands and they felt soft as a baby's bottom and not at all greasy. Might be worth a try.
may I suggest you get Vanicream . It is in a soap , a lotion and a really nice skin cream in a tub. The skin cream is wonderful . You can buy it on the internet . Try www.drugstore.com. It will work for you . Cathy from ma.
I looked up Excema on this site and seen a lot of helpful suggestions, I do have one question of the users of Noxema, do you just rub it in or do you wash the affected area with it? I have tried several things for my eczema and just bought the Noxema to try.
hey girl...get Eledel, prescription, its the best! takes care of the flaking, itching!
I had a mild case of excema years ago. Although it was mild, it was very persistant. I washed my face with noxema before bed one night and by the morning it was gone. No need to rub it in just wash with it.
Are there any home remedies for a toddler's extremely itchy eczema?
Go to the health food store and get some shea butter. The real stuff is very thick and has a slight odor but it works.
I don't know if it will clear the eczema up but if it itches my friend told me to make up a reasonably thick paste of bi carbonate of soda with water and apply whenever needed. It definitely helped me with the itching
For eczema on the body, try putting a couple of cups of rolled oats in the sock of a panty hose and put it in your bath. This pretty much cured my niece's eczema and we had tried every cream and ointment on the market.
By Katewah from Australia
I have a question about the users of Noxema. Do you just wash the area with the Noxema or do you rub it in and leave it on? I too have tried all the cortisone creams and even prednisone (which I had a bad reaction to) so I am willing to try anything that is not going to thin my skin or drive my crazy. Thanks!
I have used Noxcema for over 40 years. I apply it after shower and I never rinse it off. I have always had flawless skin and still do. I am in my 50's.
I just started using Noxema for my eczema and it is working better than anything I have tried, including prescriptions. Just rub it in, do not rinse off. Good luck and I hope it helps you as much as it has been helping me.
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'd check it out if I were you. This stuff is really nice. (09/11/2005)
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
I have a question about the users of Noxema. Do you just wash the area with the Noxema or do you rub it in and leave it on? I too have tried all the cortisone creams and prednisone (which I had a bad reaction to) so I am willing to try anything that is not going to thin my skin or drive my crazy. Thanks!
I just started having rashes on my arms, but now it's all over my body. I have it on my legs, arms, my back, everywhere. I went to the doctor and he just told me it was eczema.
Does anyone know of an all natural medication for eczema? I have it pretty bad on the bottom of my foot.
My sister has Eczema on her scalp which produces a lot of white flakes. Does anyone know what she can use to stop the flaking and itchiness?