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#1 of 10 Old 06-12-2009, 11:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have any experience working with a naturopath in Anchorage or another Alaska city/town for eczema? My son has moderate to severe eczema and we really want to find an alternative route than what we get from the doctor's office, which doesn't offer any help. I am looking for recommendations because it is expensive and also hard to know if we really will get the help we are looking for. One clinic I have come across is the Avante Medical Center in Anchorage, anyone familiar? If anybody has someone they recommend, it is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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We were happy with Dr. Adam Grove at the Natural Health Center. I've heard some good things about Avante also. Currently, we're seeing Dr. Ty Vincent at Mat-Su Integrative Medicine. He's good too.

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Okay, we've dealt w/HORRIBLE seasonal allergies for 3 years. We've done all sorts of specialists, including a couple at Avante. It all just came screaming back a couple of weeks ago & we went to Dr Neeno at the allergy clinic, Thurs. I feel that we got the most comprehensive treatment (ever!) & after 4 days of following her tx to a "t," ds is now 98% clear. I expect the final bits of infection (folliculitis from scratching) to clear in another day. YES, we ended up w/traditional meds but her idea is hammer it now & clear the body rather than have him endure an entire summer of bits & pieces of partial tx.

That said, I still do LOVE Avante but more from a preventive standpoint. Once th eczema hits (for whatever reason), the sooner it's gone the better, imho. After just another day of meds, I'll drop ds down to just once weekly creams unless he has a flare up.

BIG help for us was her rec of bleach baths & sunshine. AND, get on those barrier creams immediately after showering/bathing--skin should still be almost damp. She rec 3 creams to choose; ie. personal preference: vanicream, vaseline and ??cera-mex??. All avail OTC.
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thanks for your suggestions. we have seen Dr. Demain at the allergy clinic and this last time he ended up putting DS on oral steroids, which made him 100% clear for about 10 days, but its back. We did just start bleach baths, as well, after seeing that new study out on it, so hoping to see results with that in the near future. I've heard about the Integrative Clinic in Mat-Su from someone else, as well, so I will have to look into that as well. It's so hard because we want to do something alternative, but insurance doesn't cover a whole lot by going that route, but I am hoping by doing a combo, it'll be worth it. I just feel like we've exhausted traditional medicine- we've tried all the steroid creams, elidel, vaseline, etc. One interesting thing we found with vaseline is he always staph infections w/in a couple days of using it, so no more of that. Cera Ve worked great for about a week then he had a horrible contact rash to it. Corn is an allergy, so I think that is why he reacted. We're now using vanicream, but he screams everytime we put it on him, which I don't understand because it's supposed to be so mild.....It's a frustrating battle. I think we are going somewhere warm next winter, to get our fill of vitamin d and sea salt!

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Yep beach Wish insurance would cover that rx!!

Forgot to mention--she highly rec Lever 2000 soap as it has mild anti-bacterial benefits.

We tried elidel the first year--nope. Atopiclair--nope.

Could it just be that he hates "being creamed?" My son is so phobic about putting anything on & I get that. However, he chooses Vani Cream when I ask him to pick something to put on.

I don't know your history but oral MSM seems to really help my son--his is a rxn to allergies. MSM is a natural anti-histamine.
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Dr. Madeleine Morrison specializes in pediatrics and works at Natural Health Center. She's got an amazing intuitive gift for solving health problems. She nailed my son's #1 allergy (chlorine) just by doing a very in depth interview.

I spent thousands of dollars and literally hundreds of hours at Domain/Neeno's clinic. (Shots, tests, and whatnot) Their tests were incredibly inaccurate, in our experience. He tested negative for watermelon allergy but goes into anaphalxis when it touches his lips. When he eats dairy he congests within minutes. The tests came back negative for dairy and the PA, Jill Barnes, emphatically told us not to take him off dairy. (i.e.trust the test results, not your own eyes, and b-he would certainly wither and die if he switched to rice milk) So, take their tests and the results with a grain of salt. That place is a treadmill and a money pit.

I have to pay cash to go to Dr. Maddy but it is totally worth it, since she finds the root causes and doesn't ask us to come back 3 times a week for a year like at Domain's. Plus, the kids love her and it is very sibling friendly.
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Do any of you have any suggestions on who I should take my 2yo daughter to??

Caitlyn has a horrendous rash that has been getting worse by the day since June 1. She has been going to Ak Allergy and was diagnosed with an allergy to nuts, soy and tomato.

In May she had her first allergic reaction after eating some mint chocolate chip ice cream. After that initial reaction she had reactions almost daily to different foods (we have since discovered it was soy). June 1, I noticed what I thought was eczema on the sides of her tummy. When I spoke to her allergist on June 2, and told them about the developing eczema, they gave me a list of creams to try.

Her rash has gotten progressively worse every single day. It now goes all the way around her tummy, back, sides and has moved halfway down both arms and legs.

She has seen her pediatrician twice now, with no success. they just had me try more of the creams such a Cetaphil (which contains almond oil, but thankfully I caught it before putting it on her) and Cera Ve. Nothing is working!!!

I have called her allergist numerous times and they are no help. They told me today that they are not a primary care office and she needs to see her pediatrician, which she has already done TWICE to no avail!! The allergist said th ey can see us July 7th, which is way too long for me to wait.

I was looking at some photos of hives/rashes online and thought maybe she might have ringworm. So, I started putting Lotrimin on her, again to no avail.
I even bought some monistat thinking that might help, but havent tried that yet.

My poor baby is MISERABLE!!!!

We are desperate right now!!!! She is going back to her pediatrician again tomorrow, but I don't know why, they haven't been able to help us yet.

Does anyone have any suggestions??? Please??

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We were pretty happy with Dr. Neeno.. but then we didn't have recurrent problems, so.. it was (so far anyway, knock on wood) only a temp thing..
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we ended up going with Dr. Ty Vincent at Mat-Su Integrative Medicine and he was amazing. Thank you so much for everyone's recommendations, I highly recommend him. For the first time, I actually have hope that my son really will get better!

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I think Ty is a fabulous doctor, but in the Valley.

I REALLY like Dr. Ellenburg http://www.drellenburg.com/ in Anchorage. I used him in conjunction with Alaska allergy. I went to Dr. Rathkopf and REALLY REALLY liked her. She was very thorough. When my daughter first was tested (prick test) she only tested positive to a couple of things and Dr. Rathkopf felt that her symptoms were far too severe to be those couple of things, so she went with the patch testing (delayed reactions) and we hit the mother load. She tested positive to an additional 9 things on that test. We elminated all of those and her ezcema disappeared. I used Dr. Ellenburg to heal the damage done to her belly because of the constant allergy exposure. Between the two of them, she received, what I feel, was the best care I could have gotten her.

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