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Author Topic: The Heartbreak of Eczema  (Read 2723 times)

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Offline denb45

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The Heartbreak of Eczema
« on: July 01, 2010, 06:56:51 PM »
Anyone of you here ever had a problem with this, it looks like little clusters of blisters that occur just about anywhere, hands arms legs, feet, if so what was the best why to treat this?
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 10:42:54 AM »
I found this at http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/eczema

What Causes Eczema?
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to unknown triggers.

In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma.

Some people may suffer "flare-ups" of the itchy rash in response to certain substances or conditions. For some, coming into contact with rough or coarse materials may cause the skin to become itchy. For others, feeling too hot or too cold, exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent, or coming into contact with animal dander may cause an outbreak. Upper respiratory infections or colds may also be triggers. Stress may cause the condition to worsen.

Although there is no cure, most people can effectively manage their disease with medical treatment and by avoiding irritants. The condition is not contagious and can't be spread from person to person.

How Is Eczema Diagnosed?
Eczema can be diagnosed by a pediatrician, allergist, immunologist, dermatologist or your primary care provider. Since many people with eczema also suffer from allergies, your doctor may perform allergy tests to determine possible irritants or triggers. Children with eczema are especially likely to be tested for allergies.

What Is the Treatment for Eczema?
The goal of treatment for eczema is to relieve and prevent itching, which can lead to infection. Since the disease makes skin dry and itchy, lotions and creams are recommended to keep the skin moist. These solutions are usually applied when the skin is damp, such as after bathing, to help the skin retain moisture. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching.
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I've been getting these red splotches on my arms for the past few years.  All my Dr. told me to do is wear long sleeve shirts.  I scratched the first time it appeared and now there is a small rough spot of skin on my arm that feels like a wart and won't go back to normal.  I guess I'll try the hand lotion as suggested.
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 12:50:54 PM »
Thanks for all of the info, it's a pain in the ass for me right now, but, I'm sure it will go away soon enough, I also heard that Zinc-Oxide-Cream really gets rid of Eczema, and I can by that OTC @ Wallie-World  ;) it's worth a try I suppose  ???
« Last Edit: July 02, 2010, 12:52:52 PM by denb45 »
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010, 01:11:12 PM »
I have used zinc oxide before ... don't leave the prescription stuff on to long because it will burn you up ... bad .

I used it for a yeast infection of the skin .

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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 05:03:09 PM »
I have used zinc oxide before ... don't leave the prescription stuff on to long because it will burn you up ... bad .

I used it for a yeast infection of the skin .

Oh it's OTC, and it's not as strong as the prescription stuff, when I was @ Wallie-World they didn't have it out, I had to ask the RX on duty, and they had it behind the counter  (said we cannot keep this out)
you have to ask for it  :D
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010, 02:02:31 PM »
Hi Dennis...Hope something works for you.  Let us know what you try.  By the way..Happy 4th of July.
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010, 03:28:45 PM »
Hi Dennis...Hope something works for you.  Let us know what you try.  By the way..Happy 4th of July.

Why Thanks Joel, and a Happy 4th of July to you and yours as well........I think this flare-up of Eczema was brought on by my recent bout with 3 week non-stop diarrhea, the good news, I lost 10LBS due to this,  was 195LBS and I'm a slender 185LBS again  ;D  but, I now seem to have it under control somewhat? but, nothing is EVER perfect, the non-stop diarrhea will rear it's ugly head again soon, I'm afraid, so, I won't give up hope, it appears the zinc oxide cream seem to be doing the job  ;)
« Last Edit: July 03, 2010, 03:31:35 PM by denb45 »
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 11:28:31 AM »
Glad the zinc oxide is working for you.

I just sit it out and ...wait for it to go away.
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 03:39:35 PM »
Glad the zinc oxide is working for you.

I just sit it out and ...wait for it to go away.

Yeah I've done that before, but, those annoying little water blisters, makes it hard to do anything with your hands, like cooking, and a lot of other things, It's kinda GROSS when they pop & ooze  ???
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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2010, 08:11:18 PM »
My brother had eczema most of his childhood up until high school.  He would use the cream and it seemed to help a lot.  He's 19 now, and it doesn't seem to occur that often.  Is it something that can go away?

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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2010, 12:27:38 PM »
I've had these blisters on and off most of my life. Always on the sides of the fingers. 12 months ago I had a bad break out and the little suckers started turning into big ass blisters. Some corticosteroid cream cleared it up within days never to be seen since. The stuff I had was prescription cream Elocon here in Australia... not sure if it goes by the same name in other parts of the world.

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Re: The Heartbreak of Eczema
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2010, 08:39:27 AM »
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