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Remedies for Eczema

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Eczema is a skin disorder that can cause a lot of pain, itching and discomfort. This is a guide about remedies for eczema.
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January 13, 2010

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 Kate from Australia

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April 3, 2010

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

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April 4, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 6, 20100 found this helpful

Try Cetaphil Lotion. It can be purchased at Wal-Mart.

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April 6, 20100 found this helpful

One of my sons had this. He could only wear cotton clothing.

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To this day if he needs a stitch in a cut, he has to ask for silk because the nylon causes a severe reaction.

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April 7, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

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

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April 11, 20100 found this helpful

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".

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It works great. It does have a little odor but it really works. Good Luck.

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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September 14, 2010

I am looking for good advice for eczema.

By marcy from TX

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September 15, 20100 found this helpful

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!

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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.

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

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?

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Kimberly from Columbia, SC

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January 3, 20070 found this helpful

hi..our family has eczema-we use eledel (prescription and it is great) found this on cocoa butter type -- and
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http://www.heal  .com/eczema.html

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By marykayscrap (Guest Post)
January 3, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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By jmouse13 (Guest Post)
January 5, 20070 found this helpful

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

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By debbie, columbia, sc (Guest Post)
January 5, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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January 5, 20070 found this helpful

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

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January 11, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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July 24, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 15, 2012

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

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July 7, 2007

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.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

I would suggest a product called Skin-Cap. It works for me!

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

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. : )

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

hey girl...get Eledel, prescription, its the best! takes care of the flaking, itching!

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By carolyn (Guest Post)
August 16, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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May 16, 2005

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!

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February 18, 2011

Are there any home remedies for a toddler's extremely itchy eczema?

By connie

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February 18, 20110 found this helpful

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.

Kimmysue

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Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By Stephanie

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By siris.

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By carol

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By sarah_bellum

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By mom

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By Ben Staerck

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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:

  • kukui oil-expensive, but worth it
  • avocado oil-thicker and heavier, so you get a more moisturizing lotion or cream
  • emu oil-helps immensely, but I don't recommend just using the oil as it tends to solidify at room temperature
  • allantoin-this is a water soluble powder that helps so much with patchy eczema. You can either put it in your lotion when your making it (make sure and dissolve it in water first or your lotion will be gritty), or you can mix it with water in a spray bottle and just spray it on your patches. It was originally recommended to me for a nephew's diaper rash (clears it up almost overnight), but I love it to help clear up my worst eczema.
  • body butters, this isn't like the lotion butters you see in the body shop. It's simply solid vegetable butters (i.e. cocoa butter, shea butter, etc.) melted and put into a bowl. You scoop out some and warm it up in your hands before applying it to your skin. It works much like Eucerin or even Vaseline, but tends to soak into the skin better.

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)

By Keri

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By louise

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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)

By christine

Herbal Remedy for Eczema

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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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

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!

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April 3, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone know of an all natural medication for eczema? I have it pretty bad on the bottom of my foot.

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October 3, 20090 found this helpful

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?

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