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Eczema

Eczema

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Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become reddened, dry and cracked. Atopic Eczema accounts for around 30% of skin complaints seen by GPs, and it is more common amongst children. The causes of eczema are not totally understood, but there are a number of factors that can worsen its condition, or contribute to a flare up. These include dust mites, pets and even foods like dairy produce, nuts or eggs. Eczema can also be caused by hormonal changes, and sometimes by stress and vigorous exercise. The treatment of eczema normally consists of a variety of self-help treatments, but the most important thing is for sufferers to avoid scratching the skin (easier said than done as it becomes extremely itchy)! The key treatment involves moisturising the skin to keep it supple and to prevent it becoming irritated and cracked. In addition, GPs will normally look at a sufferer’s diet, and may prescribe complimentary therapies such as aromatherapy.

Venous eczema, also known as varicose and gravitational eczema, is an irritating skin condition that only affects the legs. Like all other forms of eczema it causes the skin to become inflamed, itchy and flaky. This type of eczema is caused by poor circulation. The pressure put on the skin by the fluid build up damages it, causing the irritation. Poor circulation is often caused by age, weight or lifestyle choices such as smoking. Women are more vulnerable than men to this particular eczema, as they are more susceptible to varicose veins which can lead to this condition. Like all other types of eczema, it is a chronic condition that cannot be cured but can be managed. Eczema is treated with creams, ointments and lotions. With venous eczema the doctor may also look at treating the underlying problem with the circulation to help try and prevent it from flaring up again.

If your child is suffering from eczema, read our condition guide especially for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hello i have a question for you my partner has really bad flair ups of eczema on her face no matter what the doctor gives her creams such as hydrocortizone,fucidin-h oilatum double base dipro base lotion 500, it doesnt seem to be shifting the eczema her face becomes really itchy red inflamed the burning sensation looks like really bad sun burn, im needing a bit more information on this please, thanks for reading





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HI, I am suffering for eczema since I was 18 years old. It has been 8 years. Until now, I have no idea how I got this. Recently, my GP gave a new medication-Azathioprine tablets 50mg, once a day. I wonder is this pills for eczema?? Cause I googled it and the pills is for patient who had kidney transplant. Is this pills have any side effects??





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I have had exzma for two years first only on the backs of my legs and now only my chest and face are free from the stuff, I have had an increase in steroid cream and don't use anything to wash my skin except the ointment given, I want to know why so sudden and so quick this has happened? And why my cream doesn't seem to take it down or even relieve it, I put cream on a lot yet it feels worse when I do more itchy and irrantant, what can I do to sort this? Do I keep going to the doctors?





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Sounds similar to what I am experiencing at the moment. My eczema started out in the joints of my arms a few months ago and has now spread to cover most of my body. It is particularly bad on my legs and is driving me mad. Mine is caused by the many allergies (dust, mold, dog...) and even a strong antihistamine prescribed by my doctor isn't helping and I think is making it worse. So I'm going to the doctors again in a few days and I will probably get some stronger steroid cream. There's nothing else we can do really :(

The only way to get rid if eczema is to: Frequently scrub the area with just pure clean water, and never ever let any chemicals or soaps get on it. The problem is there could be chemical residues in the water, the air, or in your clothes (from laundry soap).

I have a form of eczema the looks like molluscum but is not molluscum nobody seems to know what it is, i've had it since the age of two. they are hard raised lumps itchy and can be painful at times, if it helps I all so have an elevated white blood count any ideas please





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My daughter had this....we went to Neals yard and we were prescribed ecchincea and elderberry (95/05), told to stop all cows dairy and it went!! Good luck, a herbalist is our way forwards in this family...

Hi there This is probably a really silly question but i was wondering if you could help in any way... i have suffered on and off since i was a baby with eczema it was so bad at one stage when i was 2yrs old my throat split open because my skin was so bad on my kneck... i have been on every cream avaiable but to be honest after a while i get lazy so my own fault if my skins gets a little crapy now and again... recently i hav started scratcin my legs again more so in my sleep but since i hav i hav stopped shaving my legs and it doesnt look nice so my question is can i shave my legs even though i hav broke the skin and they r irritated





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Buy cotton 'moisturising gloves' and wear them at night. You can get them on the high street. If you need to, keep them on with hair elastics at the wrists. Should lessen the damage you do whilst sleeping. Also, cut your nails. I love having long nails but you transfer bacteria with every scratch, it gets infected and looks worse. Don't get lazy with your eczema routine, it will make your life harder in the long run. If you can avoid it, don't shave until the eczema is less bad. You'll just shave off your scabs, and it might scar! (Depending on how bad your eczema is)

Hi, ive suffered from eczema since childhood and im now 24 and it has become increasingly worse. I visit my GP at least once a month due to a flare up and seem to be always prescribed different steroid creams and i have tried multiple antihistamines on repeat prescriptions and many different moisturers and bath emollients. I dont use anything containing fragrences. My face is always dry and has red patches. Only mild steroid creams clear this but it only looks clear for 2 days at a time. This has affected my confidence very much especially at work under bright lights. All my body is afftected especially my legs, stomach and bends of arms. I struggle very much to stop scratching but i find myself doing it in my sleep, leaving me very sore and red throughout most days, some days i put bandages over my moisturer on my arms and legs to ease the pain. I really would appreciate any help and advice or would be grateful to find out informtion about dermatologists or therapy which would be of help has my GP fails to refer when i talk about these options. Please help as im at my wits end with this. Thanks, Amy





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Hi Amy my name is James. I'm not a doctor but have suffered from eczema and other skin condishions since I was a tot apart from the obvious things like steroids and pred have you tried cutting out milk,eggs,auger and also alcohol. I find drinking a lot of water helps especially before taking a bath or shower it lowers my blood pressure. I'm about to try oat meal baths, and sun beds as a last resort because like you I'm at my wits end now. Also antihistamine helps to.

Hey Amy I'm only 13 but I suffer from a serve case of eczema too. I use Dream Cream from lush I feel it works better than any other prescribed creams or steroids. At school I just try to keep my eczema covered up. But you ate who you are and eczema will always be a part of your life. Your work mates will get used to your eczema and you will start to feel more comfortable soon hopefully. Hope it gets better

Hi my girlfriend has exzema all over like she is wearing it, she is very stressed. I tried to give her ideas to heal her immune system by changing to a healthy fibre diet but doesnt want to. The info I have studied for my love is tuna, wheat, well cooked soft skinless veg, tea spoon olive oil to oil the skin. No fragrance or soap, use shower gel on flanel. After bath rinse dry and use baby oil. Stay away from starchy foods like potato, rice, pasta ect. Eliminate sauce from diet and citrus fruits but saying that orange juice and oranges help with gasses. And check with your doctor but I think its 5mg of ammino acid to heal muscle. Our stomachs are muscle heal the leaky gut stomach of which is holes in ur stomach, foods get into the blood stream and poison the blood food tries to get out of the skin causing exzema. Diet is the key to heal ur immune system hope this works for you. Who knows maybe six months it may get better. I also had little on my foot I scraped it washed it put salt viniger shut my eyes as it does sting but for me totally healed and no permanent scar. Dr will not advise this as it stings but effective for scattered exzema.





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is it necessary to soak gravitational eczema in water every day





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My granddaughter came into our care at 3 weeks old. She was covered in eczema from her head to below her shoulders. We took her to many doctors and skin specialists over the years. By the time she was 4, the skin on her hands and feet, in particular, was cracked and thickened from the hydrocortisone creams we had been applying. Listening to the radio I heard a father praising the effects of Flax Oil on his young sons' eczema. "We don't have to wash their sheets every day any more" This struck a chord with me because I had been washing my granddaughters sheets to remove the blood from her scratching during her sleep. It was the closest thing to a miracle I have ever seen. Yes, she has 'flare ups' occasionally when she's hot or stressed but, her skin is mostly smooth and no longer crusty. We give her 3000mgs night and morning (in capsules that she chews! ugh) She's now 10 years old and we have tried to reduce the dosage twice but within 3 days the eczema is back. I have never gone public with this before but after watching a programme about a young woman with eczema on 'Embarrassing Bodies', I had to contact other sufferers!!





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Iv had atopic eczema since being a baby, it seemed to clear up in my teens and only really flared up in winter. Now I'm my late 20's I'm having all sorts of problems. My face has swelled up a few times to the point I couldn't even open my eyes (on a couple of occasions this has caused my tongue and/or throat to swell too, which I have been given an epi pen for). Also for the last 2 years I have had open cuts on both feet, they often swell up so bad leaving me unable to walk, for this I have seen many different doctors and 7 different dermatology specialists, I have had so many different tests and lost count of how many times my blood has been taken, my foot has been swabbed 4 times and still no closer to it clearing up. Recently I have also been diagnosed with Allergic rhinitis, Oral allergy syndrome and Idiopathic angioedema. None of these have been explained to me properly and I still have open sores all over my feet and they still swell up occasionally, I feel like I'm wasting my time going back to the doctors or a specialist again as this has been going on 2 years now, it is causing massive anxeity issues and I'm at a loose end, if any body has any info on a really good doctor that they think may be able to help, please enlighten me. Thanks





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