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post #341 of 503
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Originally Posted by HappyToBe
But,what surprised me is she said do NOT use eucerin or aquaphor which our regular dr had suggested. She said lanolin aggravates eczema. Anyone heard of this?
I think it's depends on the person and their particular sensitivities. I've had eczema all my life, and I've tried just about every lotion/cream there is. For me, Aquaphor is the BEST. And FWIW, my dermatologist said to skip lotions because they don't provide enough of a barrier to stop moisture from leaving the skin.

I hope you find something that works for your ds soon!
post #342 of 503
Someone told me this many posts ago, so for those who haven't waded through the posts yet, try getting a shower filter to remove chlorine from your water. We did this about a month ago to our downstairs bathroom, and in addition also now give ds very infrequent baths, and I am crossing my fingers, but the eczema is no longer red and itchy, in fact it pretty much has disappeared. I am hoping I have found the key for eliminating his eczema completely. I could not stand seeing my son in pain.
post #343 of 503
I was just reading somewhere about how important it is to use a water filter. Great news for you!!!


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FWIW, my dermatologist said to skip lotions because they don't provide enough of a barrier to stop moisture from leaving the skin.
I don't understand this. So, s/he said to put nothing on after bathing? Or, do you mean lotions are different from creams?
I would've thought Aquaphor to be the best, too, as a sealant. Sooo confusing

Oh, I just checked, the Cetaphil is a cream. Is that better/stronger?
post #344 of 503
Cetaphil didnt seem to help much....what did it for us was diet. Ive tried everything out there too, even the aquaphor. While the aquaphor helped us feel better, the eczema was still there months after using it daily. The only thing that has helped me was limit sugars and dairy. My daughter too....she still has it a little, but its white instead of red. so she is doing better. Years ago i was on the hydrocortizone, and after years and years of being on it, it stopped working. Also, once i get rid of the eczema(been without it on my arms for well over a year) if i see a spot come back (like if im itchy) ill quick put some plantain oil on it, and it disappears. I also dont shower daily, even though i should because im hyperthyroid and the sweat pours off of me lol....and my kids dont get bathed everyday either. I think not bathing often helps, as gross as it may sound.
post #345 of 503
Anyone have a good suggestion for excema around the mouth? DS gets his worst breakouts around the mouth. I know trigers for him are citrus and dairy and we avoid those. But I need a cream or lotion to soothe the area when it's really broken out. Thanks!
post #346 of 503
My son was diagnosed with eczema two months before his second birthday. He is now two and a half, and although his eczema is "under control" (as view by doctors) it isn't enough for me. When my son first broke out he had a rash for two months that left him bleeding from all the scratching, and after weekly/biweekly visits to the doctor we went to the dermetologist and an allergist. the blood allergy tests came back inconclusive and the allergist said the test on his back wouldn't be effective in determiniing allergies since he is so active and he didn't feel that having to sedate him for the tests would be the best option. The dermetologist finally prescribed zyrtec which got rid of the terrible rash but now I am left with the eczema. Even though the doctors say my son's case of eczema is very mild he still has been having constant staff infections all over his body from bacteria on his skin that they say I should use antibacterial soap on, which will make his eczema worse. I am currently limiting baths to twice a week, putting eucerine cream on his twice a day, when I do give him a bath I use aveno oatmeal and cetaphil. Is this something I should try an elimination diet in case of a food allergy? What else can I do to help him?
post #347 of 503
I would try cutting out all dairy and see if that makes a difference first.....usually thats a big culprit.
post #348 of 503
I have cut out all milk and eggs including products with any milk protiens etc. They had me do that for two weeks then when it didn't get better had me slowly introduce milk then eggs back into his diet to see if he got worse. There was no change either way. Should I try again for a longer period of time?
post #349 of 503
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Originally Posted by eternityi2i
My son was diagnosed with eczema two months before his second birthday. He is now two and a half, and although his eczema is "under control" (as view by doctors) it isn't enough for me. When my son first broke out he had a rash for two months that left him bleeding from all the scratching, and after weekly/biweekly visits to the doctor we went to the dermetologist and an allergist. the blood allergy tests came back inconclusive and the allergist said the test on his back wouldn't be effective in determiniing allergies since he is so active and he didn't feel that having to sedate him for the tests would be the best option. The dermetologist finally prescribed zyrtec which got rid of the terrible rash but now I am left with the eczema. Even though the doctors say my son's case of eczema is very mild he still has been having constant staff infections all over his body from bacteria on his skin that they say I should use antibacterial soap on, which will make his eczema worse. I am currently limiting baths to twice a week, putting eucerine cream on his twice a day, when I do give him a bath I use aveno oatmeal and cetaphil. Is this something I should try an elimination diet in case of a food allergy? What else can I do to help him?

If you use soap for bathing, make sure you use castile soap made from coconut oil, and then after bath rub either apple cider vinegar if it doesn't hurt (to restore acidity on the skin) or coconut oil to moisturize. Fotr the staph I eat a lot of garlic which probably won't work for a child... but you can put garlic juice right on the boils or tea tree oil. CO has mild antimicrobial properties on the skin, you can mix it with lavender or TTO for a lotion. You can also eat it (only CO and NOT the mixture), it'll kill viruses, bacteria and yeast.

Grains are a big culprit, too. All sugars, not just lactose.

High doses of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate, ot amla, or acerola) and cod liver oil (vit A and D) will also fight the infections.
post #350 of 503
Can I join in???

I've posted in the "healing your gut" tribe about this, but my posts always seem to go unnoticed

Since becoming pregnant, I've developed allergies to many foods. I had blood tests to confirm these allergies and now stay away from all the foods on the list. (There were MANY...dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, some nuts, sesame, pears, and so on...)
I've dealt with eczema on and off for 5 years, only on my hands and the inside my elbows. I usually don't have a problem in the summer, but in the winter when the weather is dry.

Well, 4 weeks or so ago my hands had a really bad outbreak of eczema. It hurts to wash them, take a shower, do dishes, etc. I have wracked my brain to try to think of something different I have done lately. I haven't eaten any new foods, used new soaps or anything like that. I can't figure it out.

Anyway, my naturopathic doctor (also my midwife) has me on sulfur (homeopathic) for the itching, but it is not helping at all.

I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. I am at my wits end. I can't sleep at night because that's when it is the worst. I was up crying all last night (okay...part of that are the pregnancy hormones!) because of the pain and unbearable itching. It just keeps getting worse. It's at the point now where the skin is so dry and cracking, but I'm still getting the raised bumps that cause the itching and oozing.

I put Eucerin on them, but it just stings and makes it even itchier. I've tried calendula ointment and a homeopathic ointment for eczema with no luck. It's almost like the drier they are, the better.

But there has to be something else I can do. Can anyone help me?? TIA
post #351 of 503
don't use any soap on them...use rubber gloves for dishes etc

you can try coconut oil on your hands instead of the Eucerin too.

what is your oil intake? you may be low on EFA'S which doesn't help.

Walnut oil, Hemp oil, coconut oil, borage, flax & Cod liver oil are all good for eczema.

Also this isn't natural but have you tried taking some benedryl? It might help with the itching.

(((HUGS)))
post #352 of 503
Thank you cobluegirl for your advice. I probably should have mentioned the supplements I am on:

-EPA and DHA fish oils (The Nordic Naturals brand)
-probiotics with glutamine
-vit. C which I heard works like an antihistamine
-a liver detoxifier
-Floridyx
-folic acid

I will try the coconut oil. I wear rubber gloves for all dish washing and have started to wear them when I am preparing foods so I don't have to wash them as much.
I haven't tried Benedryl because I am so cautious of things I take during pregnancy. I couldn't bear to take it...
post #353 of 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by EBG
If you use soap for bathing, make sure you use castile soap made from coconut oil, and then after bath rub either apple cider vinegar if it doesn't hurt (to restore acidity on the skin) or coconut oil to moisturize. Fotr the staph I eat a lot of garlic which probably won't work for a child... but you can put garlic juice right on the boils or tea tree oil. CO has mild antimicrobial properties on the skin, you can mix it with lavender or TTO for a lotion. You can also eat it (only CO and NOT the mixture), it'll kill viruses, bacteria and yeast.

Grains are a big culprit, too. All sugars, not just lactose.

High doses of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate, ot amla, or acerola) and cod liver oil (vit A and D) will also fight the infections.
Thank you so much for your advise, I will try some of this and hopefully it will work. I am just so tired of steroid creams and other prescriptions, I would rather try natural remedies that I'm sure won't cause any long term damage.
post #354 of 503
I think benedryl is safe while pregnant but certainly understand you not wanting to take it... (((HUGS)))

how much CLO are you taking?
post #355 of 503
hi, new here

my 2 year old dd has eczema all over her body and it's getting worse. not sure how long she's had it, because at first i thought it was just a heat rash. it's gotten worse with the warmer weather. i have some questions that i hope someone can answer.

1. i'm eliminating dairy for her and i. her dad and i both get mild reactions to dairy so i hope this will be the culprit. reduced dairy quite a bit the past couple of weeks but i don't see the huge improvement that i thought i would. is this normal?

2. we take high fat butter oil, which i realize now that i'll have to eliminate as well. has anyone else done this? i'm afraid to lose all the high immunity that we've had since we started it. we do CLO as well.

3. i'm replacing all the yogurt she used to eat with fermented beverages. so far we've tried ginger ale and she liked it. i'm going to make it without whey this time. anyone else done this? should i just let it ferment 3 days maybe instead of 2, to make sure it works? does anyone know if these drinks are as full of probiotics as yogurt?

4. do eczema patches eventually run their course? the two oldest patches behind her knees appear to be diminishing with the reduction in dairy, but i'm confused because a new one on her elbow seems to be getting worse. this makes it difficult for me to tell whether the dairy is the culprit or not.

thanks in advance!
post #356 of 503
Hi,

You really have to eliminate dairy TOTALLY for at least two weeks-probably more-to see if it is a culprit. If you are still nursing, it will take 2 weeks to get out of your system, then 2 more weeks to get out of hers. Also, you still might not see an improvement until any other offending foods are removed as well. With my dd, my naturopath told me to eliminate wheat, dairy, & eggs for 2 weeks and if one of them was causing it, I should see an improvement in 2 weeks. But we saw nothing and I was really discouraged. So I went an a strict elimination diet for a month and the ezcema went away. However, it turned out the worst culprits were dairy, chocolate, and sugar.

I think, although I can't prove it, that candida (yeast) in my and her system were also part of the problem. I later had a "live" blood analysis done and I had candida and parasites(!) so obviously my digestive system was not working well at all! We also got her blood tested and she had some yeast as well.

Fermented veggies could be a good idea for you.http://bodyecology.com/cveggies.php

Good luck!


Quote:
Originally Posted by motocita

1. i'm eliminating dairy for her and i. her dad and i both get mild reactions to dairy so i hope this will be the culprit. reduced dairy quite a bit the past couple of weeks but i don't see the huge improvement that i thought i would. is this normal?
post #357 of 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by mum2be
Can I join in???

I've posted in the "healing your gut" tribe about this, but my posts always seem to go unnoticed

Since becoming pregnant, I've developed allergies to many foods. I had blood tests to confirm these allergies and now stay away from all the foods on the list. (There were MANY...dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, some nuts, sesame, pears, and so on...)
I've dealt with eczema on and off for 5 years, only on my hands and the inside my elbows. I usually don't have a problem in the summer, but in the winter when the weather is dry.

Well, 4 weeks or so ago my hands had a really bad outbreak of eczema. It hurts to wash them, take a shower, do dishes, etc. I have wracked my brain to try to think of something different I have done lately. I haven't eaten any new foods, used new soaps or anything like that. I can't figure it out.

Anyway, my naturopathic doctor (also my midwife) has me on sulfur (homeopathic) for the itching, but it is not helping at all.

I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. I am at my wits end. I can't sleep at night because that's when it is the worst. I was up crying all last night (okay...part of that are the pregnancy hormones!) because of the pain and unbearable itching. It just keeps getting worse. It's at the point now where the skin is so dry and cracking, but I'm still getting the raised bumps that cause the itching and oozing.

I put Eucerin on them, but it just stings and makes it even itchier. I've tried calendula ointment and a homeopathic ointment for eczema with no luck. It's almost like the drier they are, the better.

But there has to be something else I can do. Can anyone help me?? TIA



Same here.... I developed eczema during my third trimester, only on hands. Still have them It's been more than a year now. It has gotten a lot better, though. I'm also healing the gut...

I went down that route: eucerin, lotions, shea butter, the best topical stuff is coconut oil, but sometimes it's just better not to moisturize at all.
I noticed that sugar makes it very itchy so that's when I st6arted investigating tha diet route. First I thought I was allergic to chocolate (made me really itchy), then I realized it's doughnuts, too. So it's the sugar but why would anyone be allergic to sugar.... the only answer for me is candida overgrowth. This fungus guy thrives on sugar in all forms. So I went on a candida diet -no sugar, dairy, grains, fruit, only meat, eggs, low-carb veggies, and lots of fresh garlic to kill the yeast. After a big die-off (everything was worse) it started to get better. Oh and supplements: probiotics, cod liver oil, animal fats, vitamins, minerals etc.
I'm still not rash-free, though. Partly because I can't go without some fruit or grains for a long time, partly because of my mercury fillings that are depressing the immune system, and also, progesterone promotes candida growth. So when I was preg. and breasfeeding it was a constant struggle, now that I have periods, it's cyclical. It gets worse after ovulation and gets better after my p. starts. So until I kill it all, it'll always come back during my cycles.
So I'm still figuring out what else I need to do but I know I'm on the right path. Hope you'll find what works for you... I'm pretty sure it's a gut issue.
post #358 of 503
[QUOTE=motocita]hi, new here

my 2 year old dd has eczema all over her body and it's getting worse. not sure how long she's had it, because at first i thought it was just a heat rash. it's gotten worse with the warmer weather. i have some questions that i hope someone can answer.

1. i'm eliminating dairy for her and i. her dad and i both get mild reactions to dairy so i hope this will be the culprit. reduced dairy quite a bit the past couple of weeks but i don't see the huge improvement that i thought i would. is this normal?

2. we take high fat butter oil, which i realize now that i'll have to eliminate as well. has anyone else done this? i'm afraid to lose all the high immunity that we've had since we started it. we do CLO as well.

Why would you need to eliminate butter oil? Is he allergic to that too? It's lactose-free.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet works pretty well for my 3-y-o. (Not for me but her case is less severe) Just limit honey and fruit. Also doing CLO, yogurt (no casein issue here) and fats.
It took about 2 months to get rid of her eczema : it was affecting her tummy, chest, arms, shoulders. She has had eczema since she was 3 months-old. First on hands and cheeks, then that cleared up and got it behind her knees. Later it howed up on her torso.
She was e. free for several months between April and now. Now it's coming back because DH is forcing us to eat the SAD way
I try to give enzymes which work pretty well but I guess they are not enough to counter all the junk DH and MIL give her.

Anyway, I digress. Give her some good enzymes like Enzymedica, Thropps or Houston (enzymestuff.com), they will greatly reduce food allergies. Keep giving probiotics, home-made fermented veggies, lacto-fermented drinks, fats, coconut oil. CLO and EPO.
Baking soda or epsom salt baths, coconut oil on the skin...
Hope it helps, give it a few weeks to work, you might see a die-off reaction at first.
post #359 of 503
I just got some coconut oil to try on my sons skin and the next day he broke out everywhere! I think I will stick to the eucerine I have been using unless aomeone else has any advice. Could it be that he is allergic to the oil also?
post #360 of 503
oh my...he might be allergic to coconut...what else did he eat? what kind of CO did you get?
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