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#1 of 13 Old 06-03-2003, 07:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have horrible eczema on my right hand, covering all five fingertips and the extent of two fingers. NOTHING works on it. I've tried a million things, including prescription creams, with no results. It goes in cycles, starting with pus filled sores that open up and ooze, then crust and crack open. Lovely. This is the hand I do everything with and it hurts terribly. I can barely hold a pen or type.

At this point I'm wondering if it's something I'm eating that may cause the eczema. Are there common triggers I can try to eliminate? I honestly have no idea where to begin, as I have no allergies (that I know of).

Any suggestions for alleviating the symptoms somewhat? Thanks!

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~~Kristina~~ Mama to DS(10/30/01), DD1(VBAC 3/28/04) and DD2(HBAC 5/21/06)
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just have a second here, but it works great for my ds to have CLO (winter) or Omega3 (summer) and probiotics.
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Dairy is the number one allergy related to eczema.
I give my son flax seed oil internally and that seems to help too.
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JayGee- I know EXACTLY how you feel! I have eczema covering half of my left hand and it just started on my right. I can't open jars or grab anything tightly. It SUCKS!!!!!

I attribute my eczema to food allergies. Fro me it's soy, egg whites and dairy. There has to be something else I'm allergic to because I just had a breakout after things being okay for a while so it's back to the boring bland diet to eliminate possible allergens. I've decided to see a homeopath, I just can't stand it any more!!

I'm sorry I have no remedies to offer, just a shoulder to cry on!

edited to add: I take an essential fatty acid supplement daily which seems to help, I've had it on my legs then arms for 3years, it's gone now except for my hands.
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Does anyone know if it's ok to give flax seed oil to a 5 month old?
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I think I started giving ds oil around 4-5 months.
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L.J., how much oil should I give? Thanks for the info!
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we just got elidil from the dr-non steroid, use 2x/day
hear it's great-we'll see
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Have you had allergy testing? I would highly recommend it. You may be very surprised. You need a reference from a doctor to a specialist who can do the testing. It's pain free and very interesting.
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Essential fatty acid supplement helps my eczema,dry skin a great deal.I take it in a liquid of flax seed/primrose oil. It took a couple months for it to work but I will take it for the rest of my life thats how much it helped. Also for cracked or open sores I use calenduela ointment and it works wonders. I finally had food allergy tests done and found out I am allergic to all kinds of things...soy,corn,peanuts,wheat...so now I don't eat these foods too much and my eczema is almost all gone.
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Hi JayGee,

I feel your pain . I have had eczema a few times in my life, both times it mysteriously vanished, then about six months ago I got it again, this time BAD (always on my hands). I have exactly the same thing with the sores, pus, bleeding cracks, oh what fun.

I was determined to find the cause, and this time I tried everything, both conventional and alternative, that I could find out about. I tried an elimination diet for possible food allergy. I even did a blood test that is supposed to detect food allergy and then avoided those foods. I took fish oil and flax oil supplements, zinc, and quercitin (a natural antihistamine for allergies). I tried homeopathy, acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine. None of these things seemed to work very well, for me.

Conventionally, I used steroid cream which worked but as soon as I stopped using it the eczema came back, and I didn't want to keep using it because of the long term effects. I tried elidel which is non-steroid but found out it is an immuno-suppressant which is why I have some kind of bug right now (I quit the elidel immediately, it didn't work anyway).

A friend of my husband's had told him about lecithin, the brown sticky stuff that is made from soy. He bought me some capsules of it, which I cut open and use on my hands directly (it's pretty messy so I recommend gloves). I have been using it for a few days now and really notice an improvement--my skin seems to be healing, and yesterday it didn't hurt to shower (for months this had been a problem with open sores, etc.). So I am keeping my fingers crossed but wanted to share with you since it seems to be doing the trick.

My mother had it too when she was my age (30s) and she thinks it's from stress. I think in my case that's a possibility, since the food allergy stuff I tried didn't work. So now I'm going to try to do some meditation and massage for relaxation. Good luck to all!

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my dad has this too....he us content to use steroid creams on it however....

my kids have eczema too...we use EFA's and probiotics for it. You may look at wheat allergy...eggs and dairy are big factors too.

Sure hope you find something...

I have heard that Borage and primrose are good oils too.

Oh...Udo's Choice Oils are supposed to be really good for eczema too...it is mixture of organic flax, sunflower etc in it...
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This may sound wierd, but when i stopped drinking orange juice and eating oranges dd's mild eczema stopped. by that time i think i had elimiated dairy so it may have been a combination.

I know that accupuncture is successful in treating this for adults, but i don't know about babes/kids.
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