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Postby Huck Finn » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:10 am

A better option for the bath on prescription i find is Balneum. Makes the bath dangerously slippery though and i'm not sure if it's suitable for toddlers.

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Postby Boyzie » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:32 am


I've suffered with sever Eczema all my life. Now in my late-twenties I moved into a new house and it became unbearable to the point I paid to see a private specialist (previously against my principles but, as I say, unbearable by this point).

He prescribed me a number of creams, potions and lotions that have sorted it to the point that it's as if I never had the problem.

Here's what's worked for me:

Eumovate Ointment (not cream) for face
Dermovate Ointment (not cream) for body

I used these two whilst it was very bad, alongside Diprobase as a moisturiser. Now I only have to use the moisturiser as the steriods ointments are not required.

Once a week I bathe in a bath addiditve (blue bottle, I'll find out the name) and use Dermax shampoo. It's kept it at bay ever since.

I really hope some of this is useful, I know what a nightmare it is to have the problem. THe specialist told me it is highly unlikely to be anything like washing pwder that is affecting it but some food types (particularly addetivesetc)should be avioded. Oh and alcohol, but I do drink I'm affraid.

Best of Luck!

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Postby unixnerd » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:52 am

The doctor put me on a strong prescription only anti histamine which I took before I went to bed helps stop the itching.

+1. I take 2x10mg Valergaan 20 mins before bed and have done for a few years. Makes me sleep really well with no side effects.

And forget Betnovate, get Fucibet which is Betnovate with a mild anti-biotic added. It clears up open sores far faster. A good tip is to keep you fingernails filed right down.

I've had bad excema for about 7 years, although it's currently a lot better than it used to be. If it wasn't for the fact I work from home I'd have been out of work as I struggled to put on things like normal trousers without being in agony. I basically live in pyjamas.

They tried me on emollients but all they did was make my clothes stick to me in a greasy mess, it was worse than the excema! Stopping emolients made me a lot happier and in less pain.

Don't shower every day, it dries your skin out. For me this limits me to cycling every second day at best.

Anything that makes me sweat causes a lot of pain. I collected classic cars and had to sell any that had leather seats. I can't go into a restaurant unless it has cloth seats.

Cycling was my one relief, the airflow took the sweat away and I was more comfortable on a bike than sitting in a chair or sleeping! Problem was in winter when you have to wear more clothing to keep warm, I have to be sure it's something very breathable (side zips help). I also dread really hot days (so living in Aviemore is a plus!).

Excema has and still is ruining my life. I had to give up hill walking, one of the reasons I moved here in the first place. I'm pretty certain I won't ever get better. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
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Postby Huck Finn » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:41 pm

Keep your chin up mate.

It's a crap condition and has caused me grief for over 25 years now. Plenty of times i've got to the point where i think "what's the point?" but it always clears up and i feel a new man until the next outbreak.

Exercise helps with the old endorphine release but sweat really is a major pain.

What really gets to me is when my legs are covered in eczema, i don't have the confidence to wear shorts and end up wearing trousers exacerbating the situation with sweat. Grrr :)

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Re: Eczema

Postby garygibson » Thu Sep 27, 2012 23:32 pm

I'm curious to know if anyone else who suffers from eczema can't wear cycling helmets because of it. I've suffered from eczema - frequently severe - all my life, but I've always enjoyed cycling and I now do more of it than ever.

However, about fifteen years back I had to quit motorcycle training after less than half a day because wearing a helmet set my scalp on fire. The same happened when I recently tried on some cycling helmets for the first time. I'm aware you can get liners, but my concern is that the combination of helmet, liner and physical exercise is going to cause my head and face to heat up, get too sweaty and then cause me to have such a severe reaction I won't be able to cycle for a while. Has anyone else had this problem?

I only considered getting a helmet recently because I'm starting to cycle much more, even though I'm not yet convinced of their efficacy given some of the pro- and anti-helmet information I've found online. It may, however, be that I simply can't wear one because of my skin condition.

Despite this, I've found that despite generally trying to wear only cotton clothing otherwise, I find myself generally okay with a wicking base layer. I also do wear cycling gloves - however, some of you who still have a problem in this regard might want to try what I do; I wear cotton protective gloves you can get from a dermatologist and also many chemists underneath full-finger cycling gloves (Fox gloves). This keeps me very comfortable and protects my skin. You might also be interested to know if you scratch at night that I've found wearing the same thing - cotton gloves under cycling gloves - to also be very effective indeed. It's very hard to pull those things off when you're unconscious and I'm having much less trouble sleeping at night as a consequence.

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Re: Eczema

Postby unixnerd » Fri Sep 28, 2012 08:13 am

I don't wear gloves but I do keep my finger nails very short, that helped a lot.

I find lycra cycle clothing the most comfortable thing to wear, better than any other clothes I own in fact! So long as you don't let the sweat build up it's all good. Not had a problem with helmet, I suppose some ventilate better than others and the higher your speed the better for getting rid of sweat! It sounds like your condition is worse than mine (and I thought mine was bad).

Hope it gets better for you, mine started to improve about 18 months ago all by itself and I'm far better than I used to be. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
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Re: Eczema

Postby DCR00 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 14:37 pm

Only a couple of people have touched on diet here

Both myself and my Son have suffered from Eczema. I had it from birth until i was about 14 and my Son (who is nearly 2) has had it on and off since birth as well. Mine was aggravated by colurings in food, in particular the orange colour used in orange squash (Tetrazine i think). Once my Mum cut that out, my eczema was much better (not completely gone, but less crazy)

Similarly, my Son has had it on and off since he was born, but it has really picked up in the last couple of months. I bumped into a friend in the supermarket and she suggested cutting out dairy from his diet as her Son had the same thing. All i can say is that this has worked wonders and his eczema dissapeered within a few days. We have even tested it by giving him small amounts of dairy and it comes back with a vengeance, so its def that. Thing is that he has been having dairy for ages now, and well before his eczema was worse. Seems you can develop an intolerance to certain things over time, and its quite common for kids to develop this and for it to then dissapeer when they get older.

My point is that if kids can do this, then no reason why adults cant either. I would try cutting certain things out of your diet and see what effect it has. The creams and lotions will only treat the symptoms at the end of the day. if you find the source, you may not even need to use them.

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Re: Eczema

Postby Badrod » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:39 pm

My girlfriend suffered badly with eczema, she gave up eating dairy and gluten, cleared up unbelievably.......maybe worth a look into.

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