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I got a bad case of nipple eczema when DD was about 20 months old. I self mis-diagnosed it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> as thrush, and lived with excruciating latch pain for 4 months, when I threw in the towel, and weaned DD. THEN (idiot that I am...) I went to the doctor, got a treatment for the nipple eczema, which worked like a charm.<br><br>
Anyway, here we are with 7 month old DS, and I now seem quite prone to it. Every week or two, it crops up, and if I put the stuff (a steroid cream) on it promptly at the first signs, it frequently goes away with one treatment. It's annoying, though, and I worry about the steroid a bit. It SEEMS to have to do with the way he nurses. He's got a great latch, but he's a biter, and a puller. I was making progress helping him not do that, but then teeth started....<br><br>
Are there any other thoughts on how I might keep this from cropping up? I didn't have any issues with DD until 20 months, and my diet hasn't altered.<br><br>
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I'm sorry, I don't know, but I do want to ask how it is that you DO tell eczema from thrush, if you could.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> What are the symptoms?
 

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This happened to me, too, only: a year or two later it became clear that I had developed PSORIASIS (instead of eczema), and any irritated patch, anywhere on my body, is likely to develop a psoriatic plaque. Hence the boob rash. A little steroid cream a couple (?4 ?5) times a month does really help. I also worry about the effect on my nurslings, but if I let it go untreated it gets all cracked and bleedy after a while, and so itchy it makes me crazy.
 

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That is a very big problem which you are facing as breastfeeding is the main part after delivery and you are having this kind of problem take proper care of yourself as well as treatment.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm sorry, I don't know, but I do want to ask how it is that you DO tell eczema from thrush, if you could.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> What are the symptoms?</div>
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Well, your nipples first get red and sore, and maybe then peel a bit. Then they'll start cracking and bleeding, and latch will be a nightmare. Thrush apparently is at its worst at <i>letdown</i>.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">This happened to me, too, only: a year or two later it became clear that I had developed PSORIASIS (instead of eczema), and any irritated patch, anywhere on my body, is likely to develop a psoriatic plaque. Hence the boob rash. A little steroid cream a couple (?4 ?5) times a month does really help. I also worry about the effect on my nurslings, but if I let it go untreated it gets all cracked and bleedy after a while, and so itchy it makes me crazy.</div>
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Ah, interesting. It sounds like I may be stuck with it. What's the difference between psoriasis and eczema?<br><br>
Thanks for the responses!
 
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