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As a child I had terrible eczema, mainly on my arms. It cleared up with the help of a naturopath...<br><br>
15 years later, I'm developing a bit again and would like to nip it in the bud. I'd like to avoid steroid creams, and wondered if anyone knew any topical remedies that were effective...<br><br>
If it helps, it is likely caused by a combination of allergies and stress.<br><br>
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we swear by this stuff <a href="http://www.fesflowers.com/self_heal_creme.htm#" target="_blank">http://www.fesflowers.com/self_heal_creme.htm#</a> we tried it with our son without telling him what it was for and I rubbed on the back of one arm went to the next and his eyes got really big and said it stopped itching~ sold on it ever since ;0) Good luck to you and it's on sale now too I think!
 

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If you already know what triggers it, that's where you need to focus. Creams and lotions might help the itch, but it will never heal until you find and remove the triggers. Have you tried an elimination diet to see if there are any foods that you're allergic/intolerant/sensitive to?
 

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My diet's improved a lot in the past year, actually, I make pretty much everything from scratch, so I know exactly what I'm eating. This just started to flare up maybe a month ago, so.... I don't THINK it's diet.<br><br>
If it's an allergy, it might be my new(ish) puppy. She's our third dog but she's got very short hair and it makes me a tad itchy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> We've had her since the summer, without any big problems. (She stays). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
It's more than likely stress. I was a wreck when I was a kid, and that's when my skin was at it's worst. I'm pretty wrangy right now, sooooo....<br><br>
I'll look up what the PP suggested, and I'm going to be picking up some coconut oil for my dogs this week, so I'll give that a go on my arm, too.
 

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Try taking probiotics. I need 2/day to keep my skin eczema-free, so start at one a day and up the dosage (I wouldn't take more than 3/day) to see if it helps.<br><br>
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I agree that probiotics may be very helpful for you.<br>
Another great way to support yourself internally is with <a href="http://www.nativeremedies.com/skin-dr-psoriasis-eczema-natural-treatment.html?img=458&kbid=5207" target="_blank">Skin Dr</a>. - this stuff is so awesome - not just for eczema but also helps with all kinds of skin problems.<br><br>
Good Luck,<br>
FP
 

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Eczema is an outward manifestation of an impaired immune system. Our gut is 70% of our immune system. I'd focus on healing your gut. There is a sticky at the top of the forum, "Healing the Gut-cheat sheet": <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=434071" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=434071</a><br><br>
Basically, CLO, CO, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, selenium, bone broths, whole food probiotics: (non-dairy?)-yogurt, kefir, kombucha, fermented vegetables.<br><br>
Also, high doses of vit C, and Epsom salt baths for detox.<br><br>
Generally, folks react to dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, eggs.<br><br>
Coconut oil will help topically if it is yeast. If you have external yeast, you have internal yeast. I'd focus on healing that, otherwise other auto-immune system problems develop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br><br>
ETA: especially if you are ttc.<br><br><br>
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We have been dealing with eczema in dd for more than two years and I am sick of doing gut healing and eliminating foods and figuring out if it is yeast or bacteria or what. And tired of all the supplements.<br>
Turns out in the end it was mostly liver function issues for her. Not my gut (as far as anyone can tell for now), not even her gut. Just her liver. We figured that out through a doctor we saw, but that is stuff for another thread. The main thing is that her eczema is just about gone, so whatever you decide to do, don't forget that liver function might play a big role.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have been dealing with eczema in dd for more than two years and I am sick of doing gut healing and eliminating foods and figuring out if it is yeast or bacteria or what. And tired of all the supplements.<br>
Turns out in the end it was mostly liver function issues for her. Not my gut (as far as anyone can tell for now), not even her gut. Just her liver. We figured that out through a doctor we saw, but that is stuff for another thread. The main thing is that her eczema is just about gone, so whatever you decide to do, don't forget that liver function might play a big role.</div>
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I'd like to hear more about the specifics of this.<br><br><br>
Thanks, Pat
 
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