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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
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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
Has it been diagnosed as eczema? I can understand that a rash or irritation would occur if the legs of her jeans are quite tight. I have noticed that a lot of the jean legs are fitting tighter and to me they look uncomfortable. Of course at my "ripe" old age, I'm all for as much comfort as I can get, lol.
Try Cetaphil Lotion. It can be purchased at Wal-Mart.
One of my sons had this. He could only wear cotton clothing. To this day if he needs a stitch in a cut, he has to ask for silk because the nylon causes a severe reaction.
My daughter had this when she was a little girl. I always thought it was caused by her knee high socks. But once she started allergy shots, the rash behind her knee went away!
This could be caused by something the child is eating or even allergy to pets. If it were my child, I'd want to have an allergist verify this condition. My 2nd choice would be a dermatologist. But since I am convinced it is an allergic reaction, I"d try the allergist first.
That said, I must add that as I mature I am becoming more and more severly allergist to synthetic materials, HEAT (thermal allergy), and FABRIC SOFTENER. I use only hypoallergenic laundry detergent to wash my clothes, bedding and towels. Sometimes I put white vinegar in the rinse water. (I was once told by a pediatrician to rinse my daughter's clothing TWICE.)
MY heart goes out to you because this is a condition my family has struggled with for 40 yrs. Good luck.
Thank you for all your replies, It has been very helpful. When they were in Australia they had some thing there which was really good so maybe will have to send there for it. Thank you Betty NZ
I have had exzema for years and think I have tried everything. I have recently tried "Burt's Bees Hand Cream with Honey & Grapeseed Oil". It works great. It does have a little odor but it really works. Good Luck.
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.
I am looking for good advice for eczema.
By Marcy from TX
Years ago a woman I worked with suffered horribly from this and I suggested she use either Vaseline (can be generic) or bag balm on it; she tried it and was ecstatic! said both she and her parents had spent incredible sums of $ on it and nothing worked as well as just Vaseline!
I have had break outs of psoriasis, simply used bag balm on it, and it has gone away in a matter of days.
Good luck! (Please try JR ligget's shampoo bar, and other chemical free soaps, and lotions) This will help tremendously!
If you are so inclined to do so, you can find simple and easy make it yourself shampoo bar recipes on line, as well as soap recipes minus chemicals.
My doctor suggested 12% Amlactin Lotion that can be purchased in any pharmacy. It is usually in with all the skin creams and lotions in the cosmetic section. It is very inexpensive compared to all the other stuff and works better than any other cream for moisturizing your skin and handling eczema.
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 use Aveeno hydrocortizone 1%. I used to use elidel, but the Aveeno costs less (even with insurance) and works just as well, for me anyway.
I have used Relief Cream for about 5 years now. for my Ecema. It has Tree Tee Oil, and Aloe Vera in it. It is non perscription, and works better than anything I have tried. The perscription ones seem to make my skin thinner
Evening Primrose oil topically. They have it at vitamin shoppe. You can also take it orally. A need for essential fatty acid is a cause of eczema.
I have had eczema for 42 years. I think I've had every treatment under the sun including perscription creams, soaks and even ultra violet rays. My excema was confined to my hands which was a nightmare. Even to pick up a cup, my hands would crack and bleed. The only thing that worked was steroids which couldn't be taken often. In desperation, I tried a cream that I found on the internet. It was offered for free with just the cost of shipping (samples). Cocoa butter never worked for me either. This cream is called yu-be and has been used in Japan for multiple things. It worked so well, that I am now a distributor. here is the link, you can search the site for a retailer near you. www.yu-be.com If you can't find someone, you can contact me at grammiecracker AT aol.com I think you can get the trial sizes on the site. Good luck, Daine
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.
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
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.
I would suggest a product called Skin-Cap. It works for me!
My grandmother had this so bad that it was from both knees to the heels of her feet, around both legs for many, many years until she was given instructions NOT to apply soap, but to just sit in a tub of warm, not hot, water that is soapy from the washing of the rest of the body. Then she was to use Hydorgen Perioxide when dry. Then after that was dry, she was to blow dry it and use Cortizone
cream just on the affected areas, applying with cleaned hands, which can now be purchased over the counter, provided there are no open sores that have gotten infected with bacteria. In that case, treat JUST THE SORES with Neosporin, but the remainder with Cortizone (Corticosteroid) 2-5%, I believe.
Bathe with mild Aveeno soap three times a week only, unless you work in soil or sweat a lot. If not, get some sun and make certain to add multi vitamins and minerals to your diet, along with some
Zinc for your skin, according to Whole Foods' Aternative medicine information. Do not scratch with your nail, but through a clean paper towel, and as little as possible. Do not cover unless absolutely necessary. The Cortizone cream should work, along with the mild Aveeno soap, designed specifically for skin disorders. I have Eczema in my ears and nose
that flair up often, but I cannot afford RX meds for it, so I just use Hydrogen Perioxide which does a good job untiil the next flair up. I suspect this disorder has something to do with dust/soil because my grandmother was, and I am, in the garden a lot.
Do not use body soaps, hand lotions, oils, or the like, until you have tried this regime. Good luck and God bless and help you. : )
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.
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!
Are there any home remedies for a toddler's extremely itchy eczema?
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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 for 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!
Kelly from Miami
I have eczema too and have since I was a teenager. In seeing numerous doctors and using lots of creams I finally ran into a doctor that treated the problem not just with topical creams. What you need to look at is food allergies. Wheat and dairy are a major trigger for eczema, it's also considered an autoimmune disease. When I finally was diagnosed with celiac disease (wheat intolerance that 1 in 5 people have, but don't know it) and dairy allergy my eczema seemed to go away. I'm also an esthetician and run into this problem with clients all the time. Try Cetiphil cleanser, stay away from almost all drug store brands. They all contain high levels of alcohol that will just irritate the eczema. The tanning bed does usually work for someone with psoriasis, but not usually eczema. The other thing is that you need to treat it from the inside out and that means taking supplements like fish oil (pure that you have to refrigerate and not from Costco), evening primrose oil, and borage oil. A lot of companies sell it as a trio so you only have to take one pill. You could also try www.eminence.com they have the most amazing Hungarian organic skin care products. They smell amazing and most of them won't irritate your skin. (07/05/2007)
I've had eczema my whole life. I suggest Melaleuca brand lotion. I've tried various melaleuca (tea tree oil) products, but this lotion works wonders. It is all natural and is long-lasting. They have a website, I think it's Melaleuca.com.
Anyway, I had a horrible outbreak of eczema a couple years ago (brought on by my allergies to cats and cigarette smoke) and it took me a year to get it under control. I tried steroids and everything, but this Melaleuca lotion was the only thing that actually worked and kept working. I still use it every day.
Other tips: avoid hot water, heat, sweat, anything that you have allergies to, itchy materials, etc. I found that I'm not allergic to our dogs, but one of them has a short, prickly coat. If I hold or play with him too long my arms start to get little bumps on them and itch. His rough coat just irritates my skin. (11/09/2007)
I am 46 years old and have had allergic eczema forever. I never had any breakouts, I have only had the itching from the inside of my skin until a month ago. For the first time I broke out in weeping eczema (like poison ivy). I itched for a month. It was awful. I had allergy testing done again and the derm did an environmental allergy test (still waiting for the results on that).
I stopped taking my vitamins. They are red and I don't eat anything that has red dye in it. The itching has stopped dramatically! Also, I started using Cerave. You can get it at CVS or Walgreens, or you can go to their website and find the stores in your area. Cerave is different from Eucerin or Cetaphil in that it helps to repair and rebuild the skin barrier that is problematic for people with eczema. It has made a huge difference! The skin that had the little bumps on it is now smooth after two days of using it. They have a cleanser, lotion, and cream. I use the cream on the parts of my body that have the weeping eczema. I use the cleanser all over, except for my hair, and I use the lotion all over, even my face. The price is $11.99-$12.99 for a 12 oz bottle. It is fantastic! I hope this helps someone. (05/07/2008)
Hi, I am an eczema sufferer myself (have had it since I was a few months old).
Last year, I had the worst eczema I could possibly imagine, I was unable to sit properly (because of the eczema on my back), to lie down and sleep (slept in a praying position for 3-4 months every night) and eat (because every time I opened my mouth, my skin would crack and yellow "water" would ooze out).
Luckily I found a doctor that helped me. He didn't believe in steroids either. What I had was called "chelation", and I still go and get treatments 1-2 times a week. It's extremely expensive, but I'm all cured now except for a little stubborn eczema on my arms, legs, and neck. It's tolerable though because I can fall asleep for the entire night within no time now.
I highly recommend you to try out chelation treatments. You can google "EDTA" or "chelation" for more information. Good luck to you on your search for a cure! (07/23/2008)
A lotion I like to use is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula (Fragrance free). It really helps keep it moisturized. But as far as getting it to disappear for a while, sunlight is pretty much the only thing that has worked for me and watching out for irritants in laundry soap and stuff like that. (12/23/2008)
I have had eczema since birth, now I'm 24. When I was a baby my parents would dress me in cotton tights so that i wouldn't scratch myself to the point of bleeding, even in the hot summer months. I was embarrassed all through school, so to all those younger kids and teens, I know what it's like.
I used to make up stories all the time when kids asked me, saying I got poison ivy and that it would probably last for a few months. The best thing that has worked for me are the sun and salt water (being in the ocean) and going tanning (2-3 times per week). I have tried every single cream out there, every prescription and non prescription drug. The other thing is to avoid food coloring, which is unfortunately in almost everything. Also try low sugar foods, and avoid high fructose corn syrup and very acidic foods like tomato sauce. Cakes, cookies and other sugary foods always made my eczema flare up as well as very salty foods like Doritos and potato chips. Basically I try to stick to mostly fresh foods, many veggies and fruits, as well as yogurts, fish and chicken, and whole grains. Avoid hot showers, because although they feel nice they will make your eczema worse. Lukewarm water is the best and cold water is great too. I hope I can help a few out there.
I have suffered from eczema for about 20 years, it is finally under control. It was so bad that I was hospitalized for it as a teen and was on prednisone and antibiotics for years. I now have to take probiotics because the over use of antibiotics has messed up my digestion. I have found two things that has helped me greatly in the past couple years.
1.) Shea Butter 100%, not the modified type used in lotions you find in the drugstore or supermarket. I started using this around my eyes, because I was getting eczema under my eye lids. Every time I blinked my cornea was getting scratched. The shea butter helped bring down the inflammation. You would have to order it on line or get it from a health food store. Try getting the one that is straight from Africa. I know that there is an American Shea Butter Institute in Georgia somewhere. Perhaps they can guide you in the right direction. The stuff is amazing!
2.) Bare Minerals. The powders are so great that if I'm getting a little red on my face or hands, I sweep mineral veil on the rash and the next morning it's gone. It dries up and the shea butter peels it off.
My Ophthalmologist is amazed to how well my eyes and the eczema around it has improved. I feel that it is because of the above two products. I hardly ever have to put in steroid drops anymore.
Another thing I had to do was eliminate certain foods from my diet. Most of them did not show up on a regular food allergy test. For example, the allergy test showed that I was not allergic to chocolate, but indeed I was. When I ate it, I flared up, yet I discovered I was not allergic to white chocolate. I later found out that I was allergic to the ingredient that is in milk chocolate and not white chocolate called theobromine. I'm not allergic to dairy all around because I can have milk, but no cheese, the casein used to harden the cheese is what I get a rash from. It's a lot of trial and error. In the process you have to become very much in tune with your body and what you put in or around it. Hopefully that helps. (06/26/2009)
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?