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Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2007 - 5:00am
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My son's eczema has been aggravated lately. Usually, the sunscreen is the culprit and swimming in lakes.
This year, his skin has been bad on his hands and feet. His hands started peeling and they were a mess. We thought he had athlete's foot on his hands. Went to the dr yesterday and she said it isn't athlete's foot, it is eczema. He had strep throat awhile ago and she said that sometimes strep can cause peeling skin?
Also, we have been having success with vanicream lotion. I find that creams are better than the oily stuff like aquaphor and vaseline. I even have his cortisone cream mixed as a cream not an ointment.
The stuff I've posted about before called Cutar is a lifesaver for us. [url="http://www.sumlab.com"]www.sumlab.com[/url]
it is a liquid you pour into the bath.
For excessive itching, I give benadryl at bedtime until things settle down.

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2007 - 5:46am
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TMG, I have only been getting the CeraVe from the Dermatologist so far. Can't find it anywhere else. Too new around here?
I know it gets so expensive, between steriod creams, allergy meds and daily maintenance it can be scary. I'm the only one in a house of 6 not on some kind of prescription right now!!
Saknjmom, I've heard that a lot of people like the Vanicream. What about this Cutar? Does it foam up? Can you use it like a soap? All the cleansers we've tried are like water. I don't feel like they do any good.
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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: Thu, 06/28/2007 - 7:44am
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the cutar stuff is not soap, more like a soak. It is coal tar based and has done miracles for my son's skin. It is expensive, but you don't need that much per bath. At this point, our eczema is better and a gallon jug will last 1+ year.
I've posted this story before, so those who have read it can yawn!!
DS has had horrible eczema since about 3 weeks old. It did improve after we started allergy shots and got allergens out of his diet. But, sunscreen and pollen wreak havok on his skin.
In the late spring when DS was 5, the sunscreen had completely sucked his skin dry. It was literally like sandpaper from his neck to his toes. It was cracking and he could hardly stand to be touched. I took him to the dermatologist. He gave me a sample of the stuff. He took a bath in it and came out with probably the softest, calmest skin he'd ever had. We use it when his skin is aggravated. It works!!

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2007 - 9:50am
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Well, you have me very interested. That sounds very much like DD's skin. It peels and sloughs off and leaves raw oozing spots. Most of that is cleared up now but now it is just so dry- like sand paper.
She said today: "I'm glad at least it doesn't hurt anymore. But, I bet it will again soon, huh mom?" Ok, sad moment for me. just like last week walking into the derm's office and she says,"I can hardly wait 'til I'm normal." I asked her what she meant and she says, "Like, until my skin is soft like yours and not so hurty." Another sad moment for mom. She's not even the one with food allergies!!
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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: Fri, 06/29/2007 - 1:09pm
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I suggest you see a good dermatologist as well as an allergy doc. The allergy doc. can identify allergies but our experience lead us to conclude not all allergy docs. know how to treat ezcema effectively (which is chronically dry skin usually triggered by allergies). I'm not a doc..so can't give medical advise...What our derm. doc. told us years ago was to soak our dd in the tub for exactly 15 mins. in slightly warm water...overly warm water can irritate it...with no soap. Keeping moisture on all parts of the body. Then we had her stand and soaped her up quickly with Cetaphil liquid soap or their bar soap. We now use Dove unscented bar soap because Cetaphil a couple of years ago starting adding almond oil to some of their products. My dc said their skin felt like it was on fire one day when I used their lotion. That's how I discovered the ingredient change. So check the ingredient labels on all bath products/soap. It often is listed. I think the Dove sensitive skin formula may contain almond oil, also, but we have had no issues with the unscented or reg. Dove soap. The doc. even had us wash her hair with the soap instead of shampoo because many shampoos have irritating chemicals. This was simply a precaution til we knew she wasn't having a reaction to shampoo.
Then we rinsed her with clean water ...and did not use a washcloth because rubbing irritates the skin...while the skin was still wet we applied the moisturizer. We were told to let her air dry...so no towel rubbing. Again, at the time we used Cetaphil lotion..then switched to Eucerin...Found it difficult to rub in...then I saw a news segment about using Crisco shortening for eczema. I tried it and it worked great. It rubbed in easier than Eucerin & had no odor. It contains soy, however, so not everyone can use Crisco. We would put a dab of hydrocortisone cream on inflammed areas (always seemed to be in the bends of the elbows and legs...behind the neck) The best advice was treat any inflammed areas ASAP so it wouldn't get out of control...and keep their fingernails clipped. We even switched to Ivory Snow/Dreft laundry detergent and only used white 100% cotton sheets for awhile to eliminate some possible reactions. My 4th dc also has ezcema but has not had to see a dermatologist because I keep it under control using the above bathing method. Again, see your doc. for advise. This is just what worked for us. When she first saw the allergy doc. she was so inflammed she had to go on liquid steriods & prescription ointments to get it under control. Then the allergy doc. said we needed to see a dermatologist.
P.S. Almost forgot to mention doc. told us sweating/heat can make it worse. Even getting emotionally upset can trigger it...Told us try to keep her calm. She was around 3 years old when she first saw the derm. doc.
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Posted on: Fri, 07/06/2007 - 1:39pm
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Much of my advice may be repeats from what others have said. My DD used to suffer from severe eczema, triggered by both food allergies and environmental ones (including animal dander, a real biggie for her). My recommendations are baking soda baths, no soap whatsoever for a while (I used to even use baking soda on her scalp if it was really dirty, but mainly would just rinse it with the baking soda water), allergen and scent free laundry detergent (we use All Free and Clear), no fabric softeners, no dryer sheets. Dust covers on the bed, no stuffed animals in bed. Be mindful of dust and allergens in the home and clothing, for instance, line drying clothes outside would be a no-no because of pollens, we keep the windows closed in the house and run the air conditioner in the car (once I used the vent for fresh air, and the inside of the car was covered in green pollen shortly after!) I also use an allergen barrier lotion on her skin when contact with any allergen could be an issue. The product I use is called Proteque, it is non-greasy and very light, but lasts through handwashings. Use a moisturizer you trust and know hasn't irritated in the past (trying a new product in the midst of a bad eczema spell is tempting, but could add to the problem right now).
My daughter's eczema didn't get completely under control until we identified all of her allergens (and she has an extensive list) so there is always the possibility that an unidentified or new allergy is to blame, but there are so many reasons eczema can flare up it is really hard to say. In our experience, few doctors were really willing to search for the "cause" and dismissed the idea that she even had allergies back when she was a baby covered with weeping, bloody eczema (until she experienced anaphylaxis, of course).
As time went on with my little one, I started to use California Baby body wash/shampoo in addition to her baking soda baths. She has been doing great the last few years. I never want to go back to the days of out of control eczema, so we continue with most of our other precautions. Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 3:45am
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Thank you. Actually, DD is doing much better this week. We've kept the air on in the house more and been keeping cooler in general which I think is helping. We also do the free and clear laundry thing. That started when she was a baby- she just can't tolerate anything more. She has no food allergies just seasonal and environmental. We don't know the extent of those allergies however, she just takes Zyrtec daily to help those.
What I have found is that it is hard to continue all of the routines when her skin is better and not flaring. This has been 5 years and you would think that by now I would have learned that we just need to use every precaution even when she isn't flared up just to prevent a flare up. I guess I also hope that this time will be the last bad flare up she gets and of course, I'm wrong every time.
Routines. Isn't that what all of this is about? learning new routines and sticking to them. All of us live by routine. No throwing caution to the wind for us. It's all aobut the routine.
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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)

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