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Old 10-27-2008, 02:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I posted this in Breastfeeding, but I think I might get a better response here.

I am pretty sure I have eczema. It is on one of my legs, but even worse it is on two of my fingers. It is damaging my nails and my fingerstips are red and cracking and it hurts so bad to touch anything. I haven't gone to my dermatologist yet because I am afraid he is going to tell me that in order for it to go away or make it bearable I need to take a medication that is harmful to take while nursing. I refuse to wean ds in order to treat the eczema. Are there any medications that the doctor may suggest that I should stay away from? I am desperate to know!

Also is there anything I can do to treat it myself. I already try to use unscented and sensitive skin products. I use Eucerin on my legs, but I don't know what to use on my fingers.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

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Have you ever looked into what triggers your eczema? For some, it's food allergies, others- environmental allergies, stress can aggravate it, etc.

You might try doing an elimination diet to see if it's a food, and keep a journal of symptoms to see if it gets worse in different situations or after certain foods.

It's especially important to figure out your triggers since you're BFing, because if your body is reacting to something, it could cause your LO to react eventually too.

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Have you tried Aquaphor, hydrolatum petrolatum or even coconut oil? I agree with the pp. Try to figure out what triggers it.
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You might not be getting enough fat into your diet to support you and your lo. Are you on clo and a good vitamin that has zinc?

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I haven't figured out what triggers it. It started about 3 years ago when I was pregnant with dd, but it was very mild. When I got pregnant with ds it got worse. After I gave birth to him it spread like crazy and is 100 times worse. I think it must be hormonal?

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I had eczema that got worse with pregnancy that turned out to be wheat intolerance. I think it might be useful to keep looking at possible food intolerances.
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neem oil. the only thing that ever worked for my DS. Also used lanolin and calendula oil but the neem oil was what helped the most.
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