out of control eczema

Posted on: Fri, 06/22/2007 - 10:39am
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Is anyone else having trouble right now with their childs eczema being out of control? My 5 yo dd is having a terrible time with her eczema right now and I'm not sure what is flaring it.

It started a couple of weeks ago with the largest area being around her collarbones. It wept and crusted over and about a week later it was gone (mostly). Then last weekend it started again. Worse. Monday the ped said it was poison ivy. I didn't agree. When she woke up Tuesday morning it was down her belly, on her back tops of thighs arms and groin. She was miserable.

We made an appt. with the dermatologist on Tuesday and we got yet another prescription. Another compound.

The area around her neck and shoulders is no longer crusty or weeping but she has patches all over her tummy back and bottom legs and arms yet.

She has nkfa. She does have seasonal allergies. It has always seemed a little more calm in the summer time up until now.
Is it the humidity? Something environmental?

Any advice would be welcome. She's kind of miserable.

She does take zyrtec every night.
She also has sensitivity to petroleum and maybe lanolin. (we have our limitations as far as treatments....)

Thanks

edited to say we live in Michigan...
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Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 21 mos- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 4 mos-(NKA)

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Posted on: Fri, 06/22/2007 - 1:09pm
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My 15 mo old is having horrible ezcema. I had him skin tested for food at 11 mos and he came back negative to the top 8. But his eczema was mild then. Now I'm so confused as to this flareup. I'm thinking it's environmental. I posted a topic on this and other commented that it's been a bad few months for seasonal allergies. I have an appt with an allergist next Friday, but I can't take him off antihistamines because we'll all go crazy. He's on Zyrtec in the morning and Atarax at night.
Hope it's poisin ivy and not eczema... I'd love to be able to get rid of this with a dose of oral steroids! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 06/22/2007 - 1:22pm
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Dermatologist agreed: definitly not poison ivy. It is eczema.
I agree about the oral steroids. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 2- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 7mos-(NKA)

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 1:52am
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My exczema is flaring up also, topside of my right elbow in the crease. It looks horrible and is so itchy, especially when it gets hot and sweaty. Anyone know of a good cream to control it? I've used something called "temovate". I think that's what its called but its so greasy and the cream is so thick, sometimes it makes it itch more. I wonder if it has anything to do with all that yucky pollen that's in the air.

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 3:32am
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our ped. said that grass pollen can trigger the exczma. try backing soda baths. it helps alot, with the itching and it keeps the skin soft.
erin

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 3:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by Lindajo:
[b]My exczema is flaring up also, topside of my right elbow in the crease. It looks horrible and is so itchy, especially when it gets hot and sweaty. Anyone know of a good cream to control it? I've used something called "temovate". I think that's what its called but its so greasy and the cream is so thick, sometimes it makes it itch more. I wonder if it has anything to do with all that yucky pollen that's in the air.[/b]
My DS has cream from the doctor called
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONID CREAM. It works really well. It smells nice and goes on like lotion and is not greasy. I was also told by his doc not to let him take baths where he would be soaking in soap. Also, baking soda works well in the bath. He is 7 but I put deodorant on him to control the sweating.
Maybe, KaraLH, you could switch to giving her the Zyrtec in the morning. I don't know if this would help or not. My ds takes his in the morning and does really well during the day with his outdoor allergies and pet allergies. Or, maybe the dose is not enough.
Good Luck,
Jan

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 5:18am
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She gets a little drowsy from the Zyrtec that's why we give it to her at night. But maybe I'll try a.m. anyway. I also wonder if the dose has to be higher.
I think I'll try the baking soda bath. How much?
I wonder if it is the pollen?.... could be because her nasal allergies are bad too.
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Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 2- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 7mos-(NKA)

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 6:16am
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Quote:Originally posted by KaraLH:
[b]She gets a little drowsy from the Zyrtec that's why we give it to her at night. But maybe I'll try a.m. anyway. I also wonder if the dose has to be higher.
I think I'll try the baking soda bath. How much?
I wonder if it is the pollen?.... could be because her nasal allergies are bad too.
[/b]
I just sprinkle in the baking soda, maybe a fourth of a cup or maybe more.

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 2:59pm
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Not sure what lotions/creams you are using (saw you had sensitivity to lanolin and petroleum) just wanted to say my DD never had any issues with eczema before this March- we have now figured out that she is reacting to the creams we have been using (lanolin we think- in two kinds of eucerin, and also in aquaphor- previous problem)- we go to the allergist this week so hopefully he can help get to the bottom of this- but we really think its the lotions we were using. Hope you find out what might be causing it! Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 3:48pm
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My son is currently experiencing the worst flair up he's ever had.
I'm blaming it on the chlorine in the swimming pool. Ever since I noticed the eczema spot - I've been better about getting him showered off imediately, and I goop him up good (on the spot) with some Eucerin cream before he goes in to the pool, then again right after the shower.
His seems to be getting better - slowly.
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Sherlyn
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One PA since 7 years
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Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 9:56pm
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Quote:Originally posted by KaraLH:
[b]Dermatologist agreed: definitly not poison ivy. It is eczema.
I agree about the oral steroids. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Kara - How did the Dermatologist tell you to treat it? Why did you go to her/him versus an Allergist?
Our Ped said we should go to the Allergist with the family history, but I'm wondering if we should se a Derm. instead. We had a really bad night b/c I didn't use hydrocortisone before bed. I'm struggling with how to treat him without over drugging him!

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