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Old 11-19-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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Eczema season coming up

This sounds so silly, but I get more practical advice from you guys than from any other web site. The season is here. The heat is on. We've had two deep freezes. Last year I lost about 90% of my hair. It is back now. It is my second winter with this skin problem. I've found that many home remedies actually work better than the prescriptions (for example, I have an Rx moisurizer, but Dad likes cocoa butter, and I find it works just as well). Anyone out there have the same problem? What do you do about it? I'm determined to stay on top of the problem this year. Part of my problem last year was that I didn't realize what was going on until my GP said, "Got any eczema or psoriosis in your family?" BOTH. but at 50+ years old, it didn't occur to me that I had a "new" (to me) skin disease. So what OTC products do you find work?

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Old 11-19-2006, 09:32 AM   #2
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I've never had eczema on my head, Claire, but I've had it so bad on my hands that I've lost fingernails.
I found that the steroid creams prescribed by the DR just made my skin more sensitive, and if anything, made the eczema worse. Your dad is right on about the cocoa butter. I find that does more good than anything.
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Old 11-19-2006, 03:14 PM   #3
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My dermatologist told me that plain old Vaseline is the best thing to use because it has fewer ingredients in it for your skin to react to. It works well for me. HOWEVER, he says you must be vigilant in applying. Another friend uses plain baby oil and rubber gloves to sleep in. The OTC medicated stuff that worked well to stop a flare up was called Ihle's paste. Its a white zinc based ointment, but it works well only on a flare up. It doesn't work to keep moisture in your skin on a regular basis.
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:28 PM   #4
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I told you this site works better than any other I've experimented with. Alix, thanks for the vaseline tip. When I was assigned to North Dakota (about 30 years ago), I used to smear it on my face to protect me from the -40 degree, windy weather. Somehow, in those years in the tropics, I've forgotten what a great protectorant it is.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:20 PM   #5
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Mine's been flaring up for the last few weeks already and it seems that poor Sofie has inherited if from me too! I swear by Aquaphor Healing Ointment for both of us.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:35 PM   #6
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Claire, let me know if it works for you. I have to say it has worked well for me. I also have Lyderm cream for flare ups. It is petroleum based and works well too, but it does thin the skin a bit.
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Old 11-20-2006, 04:08 PM   #7
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I know what you mean about the "new" skin disease Claire.
Mine started last year at the age of 48! What gives? I'd never had skin problems before. Oh well, I just added it to the list of other bodily issues that I never had 20 years ago My doctor prescribed an ointment that looks like Vaseline but costs me $80.00 which seems to keep things in check. I also use Aveeno lotion after showering which seems to help.
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I don't have eczema but I do have very itchy dry skin in the winter. Best things I have found to work for me is Vaseline. Or anything with cocoa and shea butter in it.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:55 PM   #9
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I "always" have to wear rubber gloves when I do the dishes. And my poor DH hands dry out so bad from working in his workshop in the winter time. His finger tips crack and bleed so bad. We have found out that Vaseline works about the best of anything. He puts the Vaseline on and covers it with duct tape. I know it sounds strange but it works for him. He looks kind of funny walking around his workshop with 10 finger tips covered with duct tape.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:06 PM   #10
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The old Vaseline adds said "Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, the first aid kit in a jar". My parents always had Vaseline and Vicks in the house and so do I.
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