Exczema

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 11:30pm
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pMy 2-year old PA son suffers from exczema. I understand this is related to the PA. He gets it on his hands wrists the worst. But also on his arms, legs, neck. I need recommendations for prevention. I'm worried about scarring! Are cortizone creams preventative (I worry about using steroids on him)? Are there lotions that prevent it? Has anyone found that exposure to certain items, food or otherwise, causes it? I have been able to keep him safe from peanuts, but I don't know what is causing the skin reactions, so I don't know how to prevent it?/p

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 2:06am
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my 15th month old has pretty bad eczema. he has been tested for other allergyns (all negative except peanuts) the dr recommended aquaphor, which just made it worse. then gave us a steriod cream - we didn't use because of the possible side effects. we have been on a vitamin and nutrition plan - primrose oil, flaxseed oil, bioflavioniod, vitamin b6 and biotin and then a multivitamin. we have been doing this for about 4months now and have just seen a pretty dramatic improvement!! we also us cruel cream and rinse our laundry 3xs - and only use 1/2 recommended amount of detergent and only bath him every 4th day - without soap!. Also, recently i saw an article in Health Magazine about a product called Camocare Soothing Cream - there was a 1985 study done in Germany that stated it was as effective in treating eczema as steriod cream! I emailed the company (Camocare) and they said the product use to be made with peanut oil but isnt now and to call them directly to order the new product. We are going to try this product and I will post results here. i have also heard that there is a new product called protopic (prescription) that is none steriod and very effective. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 2:51am
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My son is 14 months old now and CONSTANTLY battles the same problem. It is also his hands that is the worst but we also can't control his forehead and ear area. We have tried cortizone 1%, 2.5%, and Elocon, a prescribed steroid. This was what we did after trying eucerin and aquafor creams. We also have a prescription for hydroxizine, a syrup that takes a way a lot of the itching he has associated with the excema. What have we found to work the best?? piling tons of vaseline on our son after his bath while he's still wet in order to "trap" the water in his skin. We then rub cortizone on his head and ears at night to help ease the itching and sometimes give him hydroxizine to help him relieve it and sleep better. we use elocon on his hands every night due to the severity of outbreak he constantly has. I understand your frustration. It is seemingly endless isn't it?

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 8:42am
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You may want to try something really simple. I have had exzema problems since babyhood, and I use plain old calamine lotion (make sure it is calamine and not caladryl). I like it because it relieves the itching and also the zinc aids in healing.
I also use soda water in my tub baths. It is also very soothing. You can buy 10 pound boxes at Costco or Sam's for a very small price. I use a half to a whole cup for each bath. I also do not use hot water or any type of soap. My husband says Dove works well for him and is recommended highly by his doctor.
Another thought is Aveeno colloidal oatmeal which is also soothing but more expensive than baking soda.
Make sure your home is not too dry. I often use a humidifier if my house is dry during the winter months.
I avoid using cortisone until nothing else works. You are fortunate that vaseline works. You might dry Balmex or some diaper rash ointment containing zinc. I am online with lots of people who suffer from Rosacea, and if they can tolerate the petroleum based products, they find it useful.
Benadryl will help control the itching, but I would not use it unless given the OK by your child's allergist of dermatologist.
I also find that wear 100% cotton which is not scratchy helps me. I can't wear some cotton flannels or any wool fabrics. Some synthetics make my condition worse.
Will your child tolerate wearing cotton gloves at night? Some will and some won't. They help protect the skin from the child's scratching.
Good luck. You will get this under control.

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