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Pictures, though they don't look as bad as it does in real life:<br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/sbgrace/closeup.jpg" target="_blank">close up</a>You can sort of see redness, small blister like things<br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/sbgrace/pigment.jpg" target="_blank">Darker rough skin spots</a> He also had spots of rough, daker pigmented skin that don't seem to itch as much.<br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v143/sbgrace/back.jpg" target="_blank">Back</a> This is an over-view so you can see it is all over though the picture doesn't do it justice--lots of blisters, red patches, scratch marks.<br>
Background: my son had contact allergies as an infant. He had eczema as a baby on his face until I removed dairy, none since then. He has always had sensitive skin so I stick with the same detergents and such with him that we have used since he was a baby. In the last year he developed environmental allergies (seasonal and I think dust) and lately asthma attacks.<br><br>
This rash has small blisters, red spots, rough pigmented skin (darker), and is itchy. He had a rash on his waist for a while now (not sure how long and thought it was diaper related) but in the last week or so it has spread all over his back, one spot on his chest and in the last two days on his upper arms. Only three rough spots in other places (jaw, thigh) of just darker pigment.<br><br>
Does this look like eczema? If so, what is the probable cause--the dust allergy? Food? Something else? He wears a cool wool shirt to bed (wool longies too) and I recently bought a new one though it is the same brand; that wouldn't explain around the waist/diaper area though because it doesn't touch there.<br><br>
He is on singulair to try to prevent asthma attacks for about two weeks. I just talked to his pediatrician on the phone who told me to give him benadryl. I hate this (was hoping singulair was temporary) and would like any thoughts or suggestions.
 

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Definitely looks like eczema. It could be food or environmental allergies. What kind of detergent do you use? Soaps/lotions/etc? I would look into those first. Do you dustmite proof his room? Matress and pillow covers (they make 100% cotton dustmite covers now, or use the cheaper plastic ones, just make sure they say they are for dustmite allergies.) Vacuum at least once a week, dust really well in there, wash/vacuum curtains/blinds regularly, wash stuffed animals (in hot water) or get rid of them.<br><br>
If using a free and clear detergent, lotion, etc, etc, and dustmite proofing his room doesn't help the eczema, I would do an elimination diet. Start w/ dairy (read labels carefully, even small amounts of butter or whey/casein can cause eczema.) Then soy and eggs, if dairy doesn't work. Peanuts are another biggie.<br><br>
My baby Liam is completely covered in head to toe w/ eczema right now. It's b/c he got ahold of a piece of his brother's pancake that had egg in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I thought I got it off of him, but he must have eaten a piece before I caught him w/ the one he had.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I am a person who suffers from allergies and hav been all of my life. I just feel so sorry for your little ones! The dry skin, allergy attacks can just drive you insane<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sneeze.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sneeze">: I think I may have something that can help you guys, especially with your skin problems. Keep your heads up and take care
 

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I was wondering if you have found a "miracle cream" that seems to clear up the flare-ups. Someone at my son's school asked my husband about it. It looks pretty bad right now. Thanks.
 

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Well, he is dairy and gluten and nut/seed (except coconut oil) and soy free for 18 months. For the last 9 months all grains/starches free. We do egg but only once, occasionally twice a week and have had long time periods without it all together without change.<br><br>
I did put a cover on his mattress. It was made for reducing off-gassing but said it stops mites too. He's had that for several months but I didn't do anything more in his room <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
So this week-end I wet-mopped his bedroom and took out the area rug. There was a lot of dust on the mop which makes me feel bad. He does have two lovies (pilow and stuffed dog) but I wash them and dry on hot with his bedding once a week. I don't want to take those away but I have had him leave them in his bed during the day since Sunday. My thinking is they might be picking up mites from the rest of the house. I bought a HEPA unit for his bedroom that hubby is going to put in there tonight. I'm also going to buy a HEPA vacuum (I haven't been able to vacuum with him anywhere near for a long time without him going into coughing and sneezing fits--I know we need the HEPA but it is so $$).<br><br>
I think I'll try the free and clears. I am using sportwash which is what I use on diapers because it is supposed to rinse clean (it is for hunters). It is less expensive and I hoped as good. As far as soaps I'm using non-soap cleanser can't remember it's name but the dermatologist recommended it. I'm using california baby sensitive wash on his hair. Actually we've limited his baths to once a week in tepid water this winter because it was tearing up his skin. I don't often admit that...<br><br>
I'm taking the wool sleeping clothes off for now to see if that might be an issue. I hope it isn't and he has been wearing organic wool for sleep since he was a baby but I'm thinking that might be part of the problem. His skin looks slightly better this morning and I didn't put him the wool shirt last night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I didn't think wool could harbor mites but I can't wash it in hot obviously.<br><br>
We do have two cats and have since before he was born. He doesn't sneeze when he plays with them but I know their dander and such is in the dust..and he is reacting to dust I'm pretty positive. I don't know how I would explain it to the boys if I got rid of the cat--they love them.<br><br>
It's discouraging that this seems to be escalating so quickly. And I'm already doing stuff that helps others (enzymes, probiotics, cod liver oil). I guess he has year round allergies now and the asthma is scaring me. I'm going to see if we can scrape up the money for a HEPA unit for his play room too. We don't have forced air heat but he still seems to be reacting. I'm also going to start using that xylitol nasal spray to see how that helps. I've done a lot of research on creams..seems the ones people find effective all have hydrocortisone in them even if that isn't emphasized?? California baby calendula helps my son but I can't put it on when he is having open areas because it burns. I am kicking myself for running out and letting us get here. I'm was using oils and now california baby sensitive skin lotion and if I can get the blisters gone (and scratches...I'm clipping his nails every day) I'm going back to calendula because he responds great to that.
 

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I would look into the diet again, and the wool. Do you lanolize the wool? Wool has natural lanolin that can wear off- using Eucolan can help restore the lanolin and help protect the skin. My DS has had that eczema too, and I think the waist rash is possible because of an overall skin sensitivity caused by diet. (I had this happen when I was allergic to a medicine. I forget what the test is called, but if you drag the blunt end of a pen or something on the skin and it leaves a raised mark it's probably something in his system.)<br><br>
Have you had him tested for allergies? My DS was tested and the results were a little surprising. His biggest allergen is sesame, an allergy which is on the rise worldwide, and is 9th behind the "big 8"- milk, eggs etc. He's also allergic to egg whites but not yolks. Do you give him hummus, or use lotion with sesame oil?<br><br>
However, all of that being said, DS has also recently developed asthma that I'm trying to navigate, but this is where I started for the eczema. I also started using cetphil cream, not lotion, and that seems to help too. And don't worry, I don't bathe DS that often either!
 

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Thanks for the thoughts! I do lanolize though maybe not often enough on the shirts. I'm going to try the pen thing when he gets up from his nap. I soooo hope this isn't food. I wouldnt' know what to feed him if we lost anything else. I would really like to do the allergy testing but I'm hesitant because of cost because we have a $4000 deductible before insurance picks up anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: . I still should probably do it becaues if I get this under control we may never know what his allergens were. (in that situation already here with gluten which I removed before testing his brother for celiac). Cetaphil is the soap I use on his skin and he tolerates it well I think so I'm going to check into the cream. I have the lotion but it didn't do much. I'll also check on the sesame oil..I want to say the sensitive formula has no nut/seed oils but I'll check.
 

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I'll bet it's the Sportwash. My 7yo reacts horribly to it. I know there have been reports lately that All Free and Clear is "bad" for cloth diapers, but my sister and I have both used nothing else for our clothes and diapers for the last 8 years w/ good results. I highly recommend it. I have also head Allen's Naturally is good, but I've never used it.
 

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Oh, and the California Baby shampoo can be used as body wash as well. I'd use that over Cetaphil any day. We use California Baby's full line w/ good results.<br><br>
I have to admit though, that Liam's eczema was so horrible this time that I went out and bought this cream everyone over at kidswithfoodallergies.org recommends. It's called Vanicream. It does have petrolatum and BHT in it, but nothing was helping him. I used it last night and he looks SO much better today. It does have far fewer "bad" ingredients than other creams, like Cetaphil and Eucerin, so I guess it's better than them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I was also thinking maybe he's getting too hot in the wool and it's not wicking the sweat well. Maybe try cotton underneath?<br><br>
I know the allergy testing can be expensive, but I never would've guessed sesame for DS in a million years. Of course I had sesame ginger dressing a lot when I was nursing him. I only got suspicious when I gave him hummus for the first time and he broke out in a crazy rash. Maybe try a strict elimination diet first?
 
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