Originally Posted by strmis
Getting frustrated! URgh.... seems like everytime something gets triggered, her skin breaks out worse and for longer! (i think i may have had a tiny bit of lactose the other day (about 5 days ago) in some soup that my mom made (afterwards, i looked at the ingredients in the packet she used and sure enough, lactose). i feel like i'm starting all over again!!
i'm almost debating putting steroids on her face to relieve some of her itching :(
am i jumping the gun to relieve some of her symptoms. is there anything i can put on her besides drugs to relieve he itch???
Steroids are a short-term solution. If she is in that much pain from the itch, I might use them temporarily. You have to be careful with hydrocortisone or other steroids on the face, though, especially with a baby, as they could get into the eyes or nose. Consult with your ped or NP first. But I would be all for a palliative approach while looking for a long-term solution, especially in extreme cases.
Originally Posted by strmis
Is there anything that will stop the itch????? Ii feel sobetter bad forthat her ppoor skin and thethe many products ive used onfor it, but i've searched here and done the following
burts bees apricot oil
Some organic eczema salve
baking soda paste (total bust. She screamed in pain)
face towel w cool water
face towel w warm water
face towel w colloidal oatmeal and water
I've done everything I know except steroids. I don't want to commpletely eliminate he symptoms either, just help her feel better.
Food-allergy-based skin irritation comes from inside. I've helped relieve my daughter's dermographism with Aquaphor , and helped her poor red bum when she was in diapers, but (and I know this from first-hand experience) constant, low-level itching never stops entirely for us. It was terrible before I eliminated oats, but even once I got rid of oats the itch goes on somewhat. The itch never totally goes away (no eczema for me, though, thankfully). For me and dd it is triggered by simple contact with anything.
Anyhow, I don't know that my comments were very helpful. Two more products you can try are lard and cocoa butter. I buy the tub of c.butter and chip some out into a little metal container that can be set in a small pan of hot water to melt it and use like oil. For any barriers to work, they need to be applied often. But I suspect the triggers are coming from inside. I would seriously think about another, different trigger if problems are continuing. Maybe it takes 6 months to get out of the system entirely, but personally I might suspect something different long before. Just me, though.
For temporary relief of flare-ups caused by a known trigger (like your soy-goof) I can't think of anything that will stop that kind of reaction in its tracks aside from hydrocortisone and allergy meds. Herb books have lots of suggestions for palliative relief of eczema.
So frustrating....... I wish you all the luck in the world!