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My Personal Experience With Healing Eczema

Updated on May 22, 2017
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Nell is a trained psychologist who writes about personal health problems. She is also fascinated by strange medical anomalies.

Eczema on legs flickr.
Eczema on legs flickr.

Unsightly patches of Eczema

I have always suffered from Asthma ever since I was a small child, and as anybody knows, where there is asthma there is sometimes eczema. Some people are lucky enough to only get eczema in the summer months. This is usually caused by hay fever and other autoimmune allergies, and will be gone by the time the summer is in full swing.

That's what usually happens to me. Only this time it didn't go. I usually get eczema on my hands, normally between the fingers, and I scratch like hell. It drives me insane, but usually a bit of cortisone cream, or antiseptic spray will knock it on its head, and I can forget about it for another year.

For some reason it affected my legs last summer. I didn't notice it to start with. It just seemed to be itching slightly, and when I looked it was only tiny and slightly red. But then we had a heatwave, and night after night my legs became hotter and hotter, and the eczema got bigger and bigger. I just presumed it was getting irritated because of the heat, and would go away when the weather got colder. But it was not to be.

Nearly eight months later, I still have a large patch of eczema on my left leg. I have tried cortisone cream. I have also plastered on cream moisturiser, antiseptic and just about everything else too. But will it budge? No, it just doesn't want to go. Seems like me and my eczema are having a battle to see which one of us wins!

What is Eczema?

The medical term for eczema is Atopic Dermatitis. It is a very common complaint, and can be caused by a number of reasons. In a sense, it's a skin allergy, but unlike hay fever or any allergy that makes you sneeze, eczema is much harder to clear up. It can also be hereditary, that's what Atopic means. So if another member of your family is prone to allergies, then you can pretty much count on the fact that you may well develop the symptoms too.

The word dermatitis actually means irritation of the skin. And does it irritate! It can drive you insane with its incessant itching. And the trouble is, the more you scratch the more it will tear the skin, bruise the bone and just make your legs or arms look and feel a complete mess.

Eczema Conditions.

Contact with a foreign substance such as Poison Ivy, or certain ingredients in creams and perfumes that your body reacts too, is called Allergic Contact Eczema. Once you have discovered the cause, your skin should return to normal in a few days. If your skin comes into contact with an irritant such as bleach or any other cleaning fluid, it can cause this type of eczema too. Obviously this is different from the normal eczema in that it is just a reaction to something that is corrosive on your skin.

Sometimes dermatitis or eczema will occur for no reason, leaving yellow or scaly patches anywhere on your body. It can feel oily or greasy. Most people know this as cradle cap. And is very common in babies and small children. The medical term is Soborrheic Eczema.

The most likely one that I have is called Nummular Eczema. With coin shaped patches of reddish skin, that can be itchy, scaly or just downright irritating! It definitely fits the description of my eczema..

There is another one called Stasis Dermatitis. It usually attacks the legs, and is caused by circulation problems. The pigmentation of the skin is darker, even purplish, and the whole lower leg can be irritated, causing the veins to swell. This can lead to Varicose veins.

Use sparingly

Aqueous Cream dailymail.co.uk See Below!
Aqueous Cream dailymail.co.uk See Below!

What my Doctor advised.

I went to my Doctors surgery to see the nurse about my eczema problem, and she gave me a prescription for cortisone cream. I was told to rub this into the rash every night and morning for a week, and then repeat it for another week if it hadn't worked. So I tried this for the two weeks and nothing happened.

It did seem to go off slightly, then in the morning it was back again. When I bathed, I just irritated it more. So I tried showering to see if that made a difference. It didn't really work, so I changed soaps, shower gels and everything else, including washing my legs with hot water, then cold. Still there.

It suddenly occurred to me that the Nurse hadn't given me any idea of how to actually apply the cream. Should I cover my legs with bandages? Should I let the air get to it? What?

Eventually I asked my local Pharmacist! And she actually came up with a simple solution, one that the nurse should have told me! Make sure the eczema is really moisturised. Obviously use thick skin cream without any perfumes in it, and just smother the legs with it. So I tried this, and lo and behold it began to work! But of course it wasn't that easy.

The Doctor will give you Aqueous Cream for your Eczema. Don't take it!

Evidently studies have found that Aqueous Cream is made as an alternative to soap! Instead of moisturising your skin it will in fact, dry it. Doctors are only given two weeks training on skin problems! Yes, two weeks! Vaseline, or any other paraffin based product is best.

I have just started using nappy rash cream. The second I applied it to my eczema, it soothed it. At this moment I can't feel any itching. Nappy rash cream is perfect because it is a barrier cream. This means that it will hold moisture beneath the cream,and straight onto the body.

The Most Important Thing Is To Reduce Inflammation.

Eventually, having got completely fed up with the little bits of information that I had been given, I gave my Doctor a ring and this is what she suggested:

  1. Shower in cool water, at least twice a day, then while the leg is still damp, rub the medicated or Vaseline cream on top of the eczema. This will seal in the moisture.
  2. Steroids can be applied in a severe case. Luckily I don't need them at the moment, but if it gets worse then I will have to use them. You either rub the steroids on the skin, or if the eczema is really bad, take it in tablet form.
  3. If there is infection, then antibiotics will be given.
  4. Sunlight or Photo therapy is said to be beneficial. Unfortunately the sunlight is not an option at the moment as its still Winter, but when it gets warmer, get out and about with bare legs.

Shower with warm water. And do not use soap on the eczema. Public Domain
Shower with warm water. And do not use soap on the eczema. Public Domain

Prognosis

The trouble with eczema, is that it is a recurring disease. So the best thing, is to try to stop it in its tracks by doing the following:

  1. Make sure you moisturise your skin. This may sound obvious, but I must admit to ignoring the lower parts of my leg in winter!
  2. Try to make the bath or shower cool. I know, we all want a boiling hot lovely soak, but its not doing your skin any good.
  3. Do not soap your legs if that's where the eczema is. Or anywhere else on your body where the eczema keeps occurring.
  4. Always put the cream straight on your skin after the bath. This way it will lock in moisture.
  5. Always make sure that your house has a good air flow. There's nothing worse than a dry atmosphere for causing eczema.

My Eczema is getting better!

Update: May 2017

The eczema cleared up for a long time. But recently it has come back full force. Trying all the old techniques helped a bit but then I hit the jackpot!

Instead of using the steroid creams, I changed to Sudocrem - UK, Desitin - America. It is used for skin problems and eczema. You can buy it over the counter.

So I covered my legs with that, then on top a really thick gently moisturizer. Cover with stretch bandages.

I was also advised to take zinc and vitamin C tablets daily. And last but not least a antihistamine tablet.

And guess what? Its working! So good luck with this, and let me know in the comment section below if it works for you!

And don't forget:

Never take any medicine before consulting your GP!


Sources

Medical News Today - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/14417.php

Dermalex - http://www.dermalex.co.uk/disease/eczema

WebMD - http://www.webmd.boots.com/allergies/guide/skin-conditions-eczema

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      Nell Rose 6 weeks ago from England

      Thank you Stefan! that is great advice! I will check it out. As eczema is still bothering me in patches, which drives me insane! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 months ago from England

      Thanks Sherika, that's great that you found something that works! I will have to check it out. just really moisturising is working but it does need a boost on my legs, thank you!

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      SherikaHolliman 4 months ago

      I was just diagnosed with eczema and the top of my scalp near my forehead was getting dry and flaky patches. It looked like dandruff and it was super embarrassing. I searched right away on google for relief and purchased Foderma serum. I started to use it on my scalp and also on my back (where my eczema was the worst) it started to clear up within a week. I like foderma serum because it's natural, no steroids or cortisones. It's not greasy or oily, it's mostly water with skin improving ingredients. I'm going to be dealing with eczema for the rest of my life.

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      Nell Rose 9 months ago from England

      Thanks Maria!

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      MariaILieva 9 months ago

      I used foderma serum along with the wash and spray and my daughters skin cleared up in just a few days. It definitely is an amazing product. I’d recommend foderma serum to anyone with eczema or psoriasis.

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      Nell Rose 11 months ago from England

      Thanks Valdis, any new info is great!

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      Valdis Leung 11 months ago

      Foderma serum works very well on my daughter eczema. It absorbs easily and helped the itchy rash to disappear. Of course, once you stop use the rash comes right back.

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      Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

      Thanks jseven, sorry for the delay, nell

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      jseven 22 months ago from Michigan

      Yes, many of the ITSAN forum members going through topical steroid withdrawal, which they often think is eczema but find out it's actually "steroid-induced eczema", like nothing on their skin while it is healing. I did not like anything on my face and eventually did not use anything on most of my body except my legs. I am 61 months off topical steroids and my skin is the best it has ever been! Wish you the best, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

      To be honest jseven, I discovered after all of this that not using anything was the best way to go! I literally stopped creams potions and other things. I would just wash my legs every day, patted them dry and left them. If they got too dry I would add a little moisturizer at night, simple as that. Its gone now! thanks for coming back, and I will take a look at the link, nell

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      jseven 23 months ago from Michigan

      Yes, topical steroids can cause eye problems, especially in adults and it's wise not to keep using the creams on a regular basis or the risk of addiction is higher. Protopic and Elidel also come with black box warnings of it being a potential risk for cancer. The dependence factor is also especially concerning as so many in the forums at ITSAN have experienced when they stop using it. Look at http://itsan.org/ to see the stories and resources about topical steroid addiction which can be prevented by using non-steroid products.

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      Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

      Thanks arra, anything that helps is great!

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      arra 23 months ago

      try Dermovate clobetasol ointment it works for me me all the time

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks jseven, its a good idea, purely because its only since I started using steroid cream have I suddenly found out I have cataracts! I am 55 years old, and never had them before the creams! I get my eyes tested every year for contact lenses, and its only since I used the cream have I got them!

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      jseven 2 years ago from Michigan

      Many parents have had major distress over National Eczema Association (NEA) promoting the potent topical steroids for children, they now have changed their tune on that somewhat and published Dr. Lio's advice on trying alternatives treatments for eczema. This is a step in the right direction as International Topical Steroid Awareness Network has encouraged NEA to seek out a safer eczema treatment and it looks like they finally are!

      http://nationaleczema.org/alternative-treatments/

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Grant, that's fine, I will be come over for a read, thanks, nell

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      Grant426 2 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      I am a fellow eczema sufferer from Canada.

      I have a theory about the real root cause of Eczema. I would like to share this theory and ask for feedback from others regarding it.

      I am not selling or promoting anything. I just want to get to the truth about this.

      https://ggenereuxblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/eca...

      Thanks

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That's great Rita! yes sometimes its something as simple as giving up some sort of food, the difficult thing is finding which food. I also noticed that if you are suffering from constipation, sorry, lol! it can make it worse, get something to keep you regular and it totally helps too! thanks for reading and commenting, nell

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      Rita L 2 years ago

      Good information here, thanks. I suffered for years with a huge, never healing patch on my skin. After years of suffering, it was something I just got used to and moisturized. It was so scabby, then itchy, so ugly. This summer, I gave up wheat, and coincidentally, it started healing! More and more every day! I have started to eat wheat again and noticed new breakouts here and there. It must be a wheat allergy!! I can't believe it, but it is really working. Who would have thought? Yippee.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi ptosisi, oh I am so sorry that you are suffering too, that sounds like an awful lot of stuff you used, I hope the probiotics work, I will have to give it a try, take care and thanks, nell

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      ptosis 3 years ago from Arizona

      Never had it until moved to AZ. Year 1:blamed on Off! spray Year 2: blamed on chlorine pool This year debilitating. Tried: Corn Husker's glycerine, Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, lidocaine spray, Vitamen E oil lotion and capsules, Gotu Kola, Polypodium Leucotomos Extract, Vitamen B3, coconut oil, Nivea souffle, habanero hot sauce, 100 spray SPF sunblock, and have stayed out of the sun completely for 8 weeks,installed ion exchange soft water shower stick, epsom bath with Almond oil. And even Dry Ice at -100 degrees to freezer burn the top layer off by myself at home.

      It comes and goes and I don't know what works if anything. Now trying active live probiotics (has to be refrigerated) Yesterday no itch, and today for the first time in nearly a whole month went shopping. Still looks really bad, but no longer feel ashamed as if a leper and yell out "I'm unclean!" as in biblical times. :(:(:( I am really really sad about the whole thing and the only thing left for me to do is move where it is rainy all the time - like Washington or Oregon coast.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Cris, its a horrible itchy nasty scaly thing, and when its gone it feels amazing! I am glad your daughter is getting better, and I hope she finds this useful, thanks so much, nell

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Nell! I was researching for some good and effective remedies on eczema for my daughter. Poor girl, she's been suffering a lot from this recurring disease. Medications from our family doctor seems to be all temporary, cortisone included. A month ago, I took her to a skin specialist and she was prescribed some protopic ointment and antibiotics. It worked well and her skin has healed and no more itch. However, I'm going to pass her this hub and let her read your tips in order to prevent it, if not to completely stop it.

      Voted up. Very helpful hub! Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks ptosis, I never knew that about 'The Sewers' Wow! seems paradise is a bit stinky! lol! good luck with the eczema, mine has nearly all gone now, thank goodness, it does happen occasionally but not so much, glad to be of help, nell

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      ptosis 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for the info. At first I thought it was too much OFF! and wrote a hub about it, then doc says eczema and it really does not go away totally. Then when I realized it wasn't the OFF! for mosquitoes.

      I too slather myself. Everything you said sounded like me with the lotions and potions. My thing is I live in AZ and the chlorine pools. I found out after 2 years that if swim in chlorine pool, then the only one I can go in is the indoor town pool that has reverse osmosis because the water here is very very hard.

      I am trying an experiment this year: after swimming when I go home. I use epsom salt from the box and rub it one my skin to make it softer. Last year I tried vinegar to counteract the hard water and it did not work. Will let you know later in the season.

      Thank you for your info. I have slathered myself in cocoa butter and this year I am trying Nivea.

      Never had this problem before AZ but when I was in HI I had many virulent skin infections from the untreated sewage water surrounding 'Oahu. BTW, you know it's bad in Hawaii when the surfer's name for a certain break is called, "The Sewers"!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Barbara, yes its all sorts of things that can start it off, and I do believe you are right, mine started back in the summer and it must be sweat however much we try to keep washing it does cause the problem in the first place, I also noticed that using eczema cream all the time can make it worse! I now try to use a simple cream that just moisturizes it, so far so good! thanks for reading, nell

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I have just the opposite problem from you with eczema. The sun makes me sweat and that it what seems to cause mine. I should try your cool shower idea. That might help.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Patricia and good luck with your little son, I do hope he gets the right meds for eczema.

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      Patricia 3 years ago

      I have my little son ( 4 months) with eczema also , he get to itchy also and the skin is to dry and red , I hope some day have something good to help people with eczema :s

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks jseven for your detailed explanation of how the hydrocortisone drugs and cream will make it worse, I am so sorry you had to go through this, and thanks.

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      jseven 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for trying to help people with this debilitating disease that I had since I was a baby. The problem is that topical steroid cream is a potent drug that can unknowingly cause addiction to it which I did not find out until age 55. I used hydrocortisone and Triamcinolone for my cracked hands and it stopped working in 2010. I broke out in red, itchy pimples all over my chest and stomach which stumped my doctors. Long story short, I stopped using the cortisone creams and all hell eventually broke out with my skin. My blood vessels were addicted and caused serious red hot skin for a while and then many more withdrawal symptoms for 27 months. I am still in withdrawal after 36 months of no steroid creams and trying to regain my life again. This is a serious drug with a lot higher addiction factor than the medical community makes known. There are cited documents if you search for "steroid induced dermatitis." The oral steroids are even worse with dangerous side-effects. I only use safe products now like organic coconut oil, shea butter, neem lotion, hemp lotion and others like it. I've seen hundreds of others in my same boat who used steroid creams like over -the-counter hydrocortisone who also got addicted to it in a short time of 3 months off and on use. I would hate to see anyone go through this awful withdrawal and most think it may be eczema after years of use but find out it was steroid induced eczema after quitting and seeing the tell-tale red hot burn that usually comes with cessation of it. Please use caution dear people. My story is on Hub with detailed pictures.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Chelsea, I totally agree with you.

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      Chelsea 4 years ago

      They have me aqueous cream it destroyed my skin completely , never ever take it from your doctors

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Diana, sorry to hear that you suffer from eczema, I know how itchy and horrible it is, the steroid cream was perfect for me and I also use non perfume cream in between, hope yours stops soon, and maybe getting out in the sun for a while will help, it does for me, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from London

      I only developed eczema in my seventieth decade, rather surprisingly, but, although my doctor didn't mention it, a friend told me that it is not unusual for people with type 2 diabetes to develop eczema on the legs.

      I was prescribed Eumovate ointment (a steroid) when it's bad, and Cetomacrogol Cream for general use, and to use as a soap as well. Between them they seem to stop the itching, but it keeps re-ocurring very mildly.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thank you so much ajayshah, glad you liked it, nell

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      ajayshah2005 4 years ago from Mid Asia

      Thanks a lot for such a wonderful hub. Shared with followers.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks kitty, I am glad you found it useful, I got rid of my eczema eventually but it was a pain! lol!

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      Kitty K. Free 4 years ago

      I have a friend w/eczema that I'm going to send this to. Thanks for sharing. Great hub!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Sarah, that's a great idea! and I am so glad you are going down the healthy route, anything that helps is wonderful, good luck with it and thanks for reading, nell

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your experience with eczema. I have patches on my face and neck on and off. I have luckily never used that Aqueous cream you mentioned. I swore off doctors for now, not until my symptoms are that bad. So far I'm following a healthier diet and have done dry skin brushing, which has improved my skin in less than a month. I would also look into creams with tea tree oil and oregano oil. I know it has helped some people I know.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, yes that's it isn't it? Charles didn't know the meaning of love, poor Di such a shame it turned out like that, thank goodness william does obviously love kate.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh, Diana loved Charles but you can look back and see the puzzlement she had not knowing then he loved another. When he said whatever love is...that was so sad and forever burned in my memory. I know that was a horrible pill to swallow and whatever she did to get even wasn't enough. lol. Just my opinion...

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, yes Di and Charles were so distant with each other, even at the beginning. I do believe that Kate and Will are going to sue, but whether it comes to anything is anybodys guess, I suppose this is a learning thing for her, she will be much more careful in the future, but sadly she has to put up with it for now, they are fine I think though even though they must have been really annoyed. Hope your daughters eczema is okay now, mine is fine at the moment fingers crossed! lol!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Hmm was sure I commented on this, but guess not. My daughter has been bothered with this for several years on her feet, and I know that would be awful because you have to wear shoes. Haven't seen her in awhile but hope she has it under control. I had no idea antibiotics worked for it but with the red I guess so! Hope you are now doing fine. I really just stopped by to gossip, so you can see why I get nothing done, lol. I just have been watching Kate and Will and she seems to be holding up better than him, he seems really disturbed by it. Maybe he is thinking of his mother and what news ppl did to her. There should have been a charge there and I can't imagine why the Queen did not insist on that then, they could have cost her her life, who really knows? I really can't blame Kate, thinking they are all alone, just lucky it wasn't much more and sure hope it causes no ripples between these two. That would burst my bubble. I love to see them exchange a loving look and that was something we never got to see with Di and Charles.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thats great news, good luck with it, nell

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Nell Cortizan is a brand name of an ointment that contains cortisone or steroid... so far it's ok making the affected area thin and calm. hope this continue to heal

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Maria, I haven't heard of the actual make called Cortizan, but it does sound like my basic cortisone cream which is a form of steriod, my doctor told me not to use too much over a long period of time as it is a steriod, over the counter creams will be slightly less potent, so you should be fine using it. If it doesn't heal then you will have to get a stronger cream from the doc which is the same cream but with the extra steroid in it, sorry if I didn't make myself clear, hope that helps, nell

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Nell I just thought they are two different creams....

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Maria, that's great, I thought perhaps you would be able to buy it somewhere, glad you sorted it out, and thanks for coming back, nell

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      an update I went to another drugstore and asked for an steroid ointment, I was surprised I was given a Cortizan

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      so I will need to contact my dermatologist for that? hope she will

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Maria, that's a shame, maybe getting a prescription is the best way as the doctor can tell you the best one to get, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Green Bard, thanks for reading, the cream is good for the initial outbreak of eczema, but cortisone cream really is the one that should be used its fantastic! thanks again, nell

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      I asked one drugstore here in my country if Steroid cream is available, it is indeed available but they don't sell without prescription from the doctor...I guess I will need to find a way

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Tenerife

      Voted Up and Useful for this excellent hub! I suffer with the problem on my face, mostly on the sides of my nose and in my eyebrows and have learned to live with it but I hate it. I will try the nappy rash cream because I haven't thought of that or heard of it as a remedy.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Julie, that's really good to know that it helps, thank you.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      My daughter has bad eczema. Thanks for the tips!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Maria, I hope you can buy it, the only thing is that it will be a weaker substance than what you can buy at the doctors. I used the 1 percent cortisone cream and it wasn't very helpful, but after seeing the doctor he gave me a much stronger cream. Good luck and thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      thanks for the information everybody, I notice too that when my skin is dry the eczema is becoming to itchy.... and I am suffering a lot because of it... I used to have one in my left index finger, my doctor treated it with steroid, injected in several parts of the finger, and not it's completely gone, not trace.... I am now thinking of having the same treatment for my feet but I know this will be very expensive... I wonder if I can buy this steroid cream in the Philippiens?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Gordon, yes its nearly there! I also had the steroid cream, but the one thing I did use was a really cheap but good cream from superdrug, it was like E45 but the cheaper version, and I smothered my legs with it, and now between the two creams its nearly gone! thank goodness I found out that the Aquacious cream is a no no! its used as soap and makes it ten times worse! I am so glad your eczema is better, it is a pain isn't it? thanks again, glad its okay now, nell

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Nell

      I eventually had to go and see the doctor a couple of weeks ago. I told a little white lie in that the problem had only resurfaced a few days before...

      She prescribed me three items. Betnovate-C (steroid ointment) which should be sparingly applied twice a day. Watch out with this one if you get it prescribed - it permanently stains any clothing it comes in contact with bright yellow! She also prescribed Doublebase Gel which is a wonderfully absorbent and soothing ointment which can be applied as often as required. She also gave me Cetirizine Hydrochloride (antihistamine) tablets to reduce the itching.

      Less than a week later, all was clear. I have a supply of all three left should it recur in the near future.

      Hope you have also got your issue with this irritating condition sorted!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, catalystsnstars, thanks for the added info, I do try and keep it perfume free, and other chemicals around the house, I must admit that I have never had eczema on my legs before, but now the Doctor has given me steroid cream, I am only using it a little though, but it seems to be working, but running cold water on it does seem to sooth the skin, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      catalystsnstars 5 years ago from Land of Nod

      My daughter also has eczema, we use all organic products for her skin with no irritants or fragrance. Her father, the chemical engineer, double checks the ingredients to ensure no contaminants. We also do not use any synthetic chemicals in the house for personal and environmental reasons. Before we found out her rashes and patches was eczema, we weren't aware of how the common lotions and shampoos can actually damage your skin. Now she breaks our occasionally and if her skin gets too dry she will scratch but fortunately, her patches have stopped growing and her breakouts are less frequent.

      I didn't know about taking cooler showers as I am a huge fan of of showers especially in the winter, but this would explain why my daughter hates warm water on her skin. Thanks for enlightening the community. Great article as always.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Wanderer, yes I think I have heard of that before, I will give it a try, thanks!

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      Wanderer 5 years ago

      Oatmeal is also good for treating Eczema. I am not referring to eating it, but the kind that is in some lotions. Try applying "Aveeno with oatmeal" after a bath or shower.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Alicia, I have got some new cream today from the Doctor, so hopefully it will work, thanks as always, nell

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful hub for someone suffering from eczema, Nell. I hope that your leg continues to improve. I have asthma, but luckily I've never experienced eczema yet. It sounds very unpleasant!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, b. Malin, thanks so much, I suppose not everyone who gets asthma will get eczema, but I believe lots of us do, it can be a pain, especially in the summer, its just this time it really is being annoying, hopefully I will get it sorted out when I see the Doctor, thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Minnetonka, that's great news! the cream I am using is pretty useless, so I am going to the Docs tomorrow, and see what they give me, thanks again, nell

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Very, very Informative Hub Nell. I didn't know where there is Asthma, there is Eczema.This is definitely a Hub to bookmark for future Ref. Very well done.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Nell-Just wanted you to know that the Eucerin the pharmacist prescribed seems to be working. The patch of dry itchy skin is getting smaller and itching less. So far, so good.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Dr. Ope, I am glad you found it helpful, I hope your son is better from it now? thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Peter, I will take a look at your link, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Sue, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, pras, thank you so much, it can be so painful, but eczema is not that easy to treat, as it just keeps irritating the skin, appreciated the rate, and thanks as always, nell

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      Olive Ellis 5 years ago

      Nell, I am sure a lot of persons will benefit from this informative hub. My son suffers from eczema too so I will share your tips. Continue to share.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      I sure hope your eczema clears up soon. Very useful information for those suffering from eczema

      Voted up and interesting.

      Take Care

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was complete information about eczema. My friend, you describe this very well and I learn much from you. I'll share with others. Thank you very much. Good job and rated up!

      Blessing,

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, inevitable, it certainly sounds like eczema, good luck with the tips, I hope it clears up for you, thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Docmo, thanks for reading, eczema is such an awkward thing to deal with, one cream works, the other doesn't, and yes psoriasis could well be part of the problem. I read that Doctors only learned a small bit about eczema, but you are right they do seek out more information as they get more experienced, I will go and see the Dr. next week to make sure I get the right cream, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      inevitablesecrets 5 years ago from California

      Thanks so much for all of your info. I have been meaning to go into the doctor, but not wanting to pay the co-pay, for the rash on my face that I'm fairly certain in eczema I think I'll try your tips first though.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Really informative hub Nell. Sensible advice in terms of really going for proper moisturising as a baseline. This helps to soothe the skin - dry skin makes the eczema worse, adds to the inflammation and creates cracks in the skin plate through which bacteria can invade and make it exacerbated.

      As with most diseases- there are several grades and also variations depending on each person : so one thing I'd add to this info is that depending on your skin type different moisturizers work. Aqueous cream shouldn't be used as a moisturizer but rather as a soap substitute if it suits.

      Steroid creams come in various potencies ( mild. medium and strong) depending on the severity of the eczema and the inflammation they really help if appropriate grade is chosen. They don't need to be applied for long periods but can be weaned off once inflammation subsides but always continue moisturising to prevent eczema from reappearing.

      As you rightly say, if it happens in you hand - fingers, nail beds and folds between fingers it is usually a type called Contact dermatitis and could be due to washing up liquid and other detergents. wearing thin gloves helps. They sell thin linen or cotton gloves to wear after applying cream in severe cases to trap the cream in and help heal.

      If you get eczema type lesions on the bony prominences -elbow, knees etc it is worth considering alternate diagnosis as some eczemas and mild forms of psoriasis overlap.

      Just one small amendment to your comment about Doctors- not everyone only gets two weeks of training in dermatology and many Doctors don't stop learning new subjects when they are practising. As a mentor to many , I know they also seek out and get better at unfamilar subjects to help patients...;-)

      voted up and useful!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Suzie, its not something I get a lot, but this time its being a real pain! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Caseworker, thanks for the info, I may have to try the gluten free stuff, I actually went into my town today to buy a food mixer, to make smoothies etc, and would you believe it? in one particular shop a food mixer was 499.00 pounds! I just turned to the assistant and said, i could buy a car for that! typical of my town, so expensive! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Glad to here its on the mend. When my eldest was a baby she developed an exzema like condition and I was given cream which I didn't use- instead I changed the washing powder and I still have to be very careful with it- I usually find that the cheaper brands cause less irritation. Also have you tried diet- it is not that well known that Gluten found in wheat can cause a skin disease that is similar to exzema. Having a gluten free diet for a bit might help?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Gordon, what a nightmare! just my legs are killing me, I can't imagine having as badly as you! as you said, god bless the good old national health! I have never had it before, not like this, its really getting sore now, so I am going back to the doctor again, its strange how it suddenly happens and now you too! good luck and let me know how you got on? thanks!

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      Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      I've heard of this condition and was curious about it. Thanks for writing this well-informed hub! I'm glad that you finally found some things that work. I hope you're healed soon! :)

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Nell

      This is a wonderful Hub and very useful for me as I have a sort of unusual history of eczema. I first developed it out of the blue in my mid-twenties, particularly at the backs of my knees and the insides of my elbows. It came and went but each bout was worse than the one before. I underwent allergy testing, with patches containing test substances taped to my back a week at a time to test for a reaction - inconclusive. The whole episode went on for two or three years and I was using some pretty strong steroid creams, which wasted I don't know how many items of clothing by staining them beyond repair.

      One night in 1996, I had to go to casualty as the skin on my legs and arms was actually bursting when I moved. It was quickly arranged for me to be admitted to a specialist dermatological unit at a different hospital the following day. I was kept in for intensive treatment for eleven days, ointmented and bandaged four times a day. God bless the NHS - it worked! I had not a blemish afterwards - until December 2011...

      A couple of months ago, I started the exact same symptoms. I haven't had time to go see my doctor yet but have been using various creams from the chemist's with varying degrees of success. I agree with you about aqueous creams - nightmare!

      I'm going to try your idea about the bath and moisture blocking cream as the past couple of days my legs have been really bad. Will be making time to see doc soon, though.

      Thanks for the tips!

      Gordon

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, lily, thanks for reading, it is a pain, eczema drives me mad! lol! nice to see you, nell

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      I have a client w/ cradle cap and ezcema, and this is really useful, as always, love ya Nell, prayers your way! lily

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Minnetonka, good luck with the cream, I will go and see if my pharmacist has any tomorrow, it should have the same name, but it could be slightly different, but they should know what I mean, thanks for coming back!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hey Nell-Just checking in to tell you what I bought. I went to our local Walgreens today and told the pharmacist what I was looking for. She suggested I buy Eucerin which is supposed to be good for eczema and dry skin. It supposed to heal the ezcema and protect it. We'll see what happens. Just put on my second coat for the day. I'll let you know how it goes.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks acaetnna, trial and error! haha! eczema is a pain, but hopefully its going off a bit now, I am using a different cream, so I will see if it works, cheers nell

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      You never cease to amaze me with your breadth of knowledge - awesome!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Minnetonka, I'm glad you found it helpful, it can be a nightmare, i tried the nappy rash cream and its not good, it just made me itch even more, just trial and error! lol! ouch! seriously, the best cream is cortisone, but normal cream that's non perfume, should be okay for a while but its best to get to the doctors, good luck, and let me know if it works, okay? thanks!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I am so glad I checked out this hub Nell. I have NEVER had this condition until this winter. At first I had no idea what it was. Just a little itching that I blew off. Then the itching got worse and I decided to look at my elbow in the mirror and couldn't believe what I saw. It was red, dry, scaly and kinda looked bruised. I also realized I had a patch between my right leg and torso. I am so grateful for your informative hub as well as all these great comments with more suggestions. I thank you so much Nell. Can I get nappy rash cream at my local Walgreens pharmacy? I also think my soap is bothering me and plan to stop using it and see what happens. I'll let you know how it goes.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much, L.L. Woodard, it is such an overlooked condition but it can be really distressing, thanks for the vote and share, cheers nell

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      This is a great hub, explaining eczema from a personal standpoint. It is a condition that runs in our family, so I can understand what you've been going through.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks md5, yes I use comfrey on it, or Knitbone as it used to be called, I do drink herbs too, I think the comfrey foot bath was really helpful but maybe you are right about the vaseline, just nappy rash cream is just as good, thanks for reading, cheers nell