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Member # 27246
posted 11-17-2006 08:36 AM
As before ive talked about this before. Its got to the stage now that im at my wits end.
Its normally on my tummy an base of my back. But these past three / four days its appeared on the tops of my legs, up my spine, on my shins, on my chest, back of my neck and in my hair. I cant cope with it no more, i feel like getting a knife an scrapping the first layer of my skin off. Ive been to the doctors yet again an he says its stress an gives me creams, i plaster myself in creams and its not helping. I dont know what to do. I wake up in the night its all weeping and my hands an nails will be covered in blood. I just gout out the shower an couldnt use any shampoo because my head stings, i covered myself in this soap the doctor gave me an then plastered myself in three different creams for different area's but im burning itching an stinging. Im not stressed about anything i can pin point. i sat in the bath with the shower on crying because im in pain an the doctor wont help me does anyone have any home remids i could try please. sorry its so long
Member # 22484
posted 11-19-2006 08:46 AM
I kinda know what you're going through. I have psoriasis, although its not a severe case. I have quite a mild case with only a little patch near that back of my scalp,then some on my finger (there are different types, so the type thats on my finger is different than the type on my scalp) Anywayss What I suggest for you is to get some shampoo at the store, for Eczema. Also I think you just have to work past the stinging and burning part, so it will get better. I've gone through the same with my psoriasis. It gets itchy, and as with anything you scratch, if you do it to much, your skin breaks open, which is hapening to you, thats why when you apply the creams, it hurts. So my advice is try not to scratch the eczema, really really try. I know its hard, but if you want it to get better just really try. Then you can apply the creams and it won't sting. Also just try moisturizing your skin with a non-fragrance lotion, and that may help. You can try an oatmeal bath too, that will soothe your skin. Any more questions, feel free to ask. Hope this helps!!! [ 11-19-2006, 08:49 AM: Message edited by: floridian2x ]
Member # 27246
posted 11-19-2006 09:31 AM
im trying not to itch
im tryign to take my mind of it until i see teh doctor again tuesday i rub it instead off using my nails will this make it heal? i have that many creams i never know which to put on at what point of the day i have this coconut stuff i brought from tesco meant to help with itchy in the bath. thankyou for your reply x whats the best thing to do of a night to stop myself itching in my sleep?
Member # 22484
posted 11-19-2006 09:55 AM
I'm not sure if the rubbing will make it heal, I don't think it will, but your best bet is just to keep your hands off of it.
And as for the itching at night, you can get some cloth gloves or oven mitts and put them on our hands, so that you won't scratch yourself in your sleep. [ 11-19-2006, 10:02 AM: Message edited by: floridian2x ]
Member # 22484
posted 11-19-2006 10:00 AM
Also, I just found this site...
http://www.dmt123.com/diseases-conditions/1101-1-dmt123.html The title is "I have eczema, its just on my hands and feet, i've tried all the usual doctors and chemists.?" That link isn't just about eczema thats on the hands and feet, it also has some answers from people that have the eczema elsewhere on their bodies, like their stomach. So take a look at that site too, and see if it helps any.
Member # 26516
posted 11-19-2006 10:03 AM
You can wear gloves or mittens to sleep. It'll probably feel weird, but it might help. EDIT: oops, Floridian beat me to it [ 11-19-2006, 10:06 AM: Message edited by: blysse_norwood ]
Member # 27246
posted 11-19-2006 03:50 PM
thanks for the link ill go read
i ried the gloves many times over the few weeks but i tak them of in sleep
Member # 28874
posted 11-19-2006 07:04 PM
I'm not very sure about anything to do with eczma, but might camomile lotion perhaps ease the itching?
I understand that eczma is a lot more intense than things like chicken pox which camomile works for however >.< Cutting your nails as short as you can may help reduce the actual scratching in your sleep as well, being unable to cause as much damage.
Member # 1679
posted 11-20-2006 07:11 AM
Eczema is tricky stuff. I've had it since I was little (and I used to work for a dermatologist), and there are times when it's a constant battle to stay ahead of it. So I've got a few suggestions...
First off, if you haven't gone 100% fragrance free yet, do that. Stop using ANYTHING that contains fragrances or dyes. Purfume, soap, lotions, laundry detergents/fabric softeners...everything. Rewash all of your clothing (especially the things you wear at night), bed clothes, and towels if those have been washed in things with fragrance. Secondly, how hot are you showering? Try not to shower/bathe above lukewarm and then rinse with water that is as cool as you can stand it just before you get out. If your doctor has given you a medicated cream or ointment to put on it, do that as soon as you get out of the bath. Blot yourself lightly dry (don't dry all the way), put the medication on, and then let yourself air dry the rest of the way. Also, are you taking any oral medications with this? Often an oral medication right before bed can help prevent the scratching in your sleep. We often prescribed something like Atarax to be taken before bed and then another allergy med (Zyrtec, Allegra, or even Benedryl) for during the day to help control the itching from the inside. So if you're not on something like that, speak to your doc.
Member # 27246
posted 11-20-2006 07:33 AM
i use in teh bath / shower oilmetum (sp)
its a bottle of liquid soap that stops the burning when i get out the shower. i shower of 3 its cold but warm i cant have a hot shower i burn up. i take piriton before i go to sleep an half way through the day, but i dotn think its the right stuff to be taking. im using a sensitive roll on deoderant that i got from superdrug
Member # 25852
posted 12-11-2006 12:28 AM
I have eczema too! It's died down even though it's so dry in December...anyway!
You might want to invest in a humidifier to keep the air moist in your room when you're studying (if you're a student) or sleeping. If you take trips, try to go to more humid places your skin will love it there. Also, lotion is a Godsend. Don't be afraid to dip in super greasy lotions like Eucerin. And petroleum jelly is pretty great when you're short on cash too. I definetely recommend Eucerin's cream though. You can get them in jars at your local supermarket (I usually get mine at Target). Cetaphil is also a good brand of lotion. I get that one at Costco. They come in huge jugs. If you can't sleep, it's good to take Benedryl...but in extreme cases, I'm not sure if it will work. Anyway, it sounds like you're breaking out. If you're really itchy you can goop on some cooling things like after sun care with aloe or even Chinese watermelon frost mixed with vaseline works great. It might be really sticky but it's definetely worth it.
Member # 27966
posted 12-11-2006 12:08 PM
Joy for huge eczema outbreaks :S I've been there too!
Everyone's had really good suggestions here so I'm not going to reiterate them. I just have two things- if you've been prescribed creams, stick to using them as recommended, even if it does burn or sting- there's a reason the doctor/dermatologist prescribes them, so keep it up! It may take a while but they WILL help, in most cases. Also, when I went to the dermatologist she suggested I keep a food diary, as eczema outbreaks can be related to a food allergy or sensitivity. Keep a little notebook and write daily what you eat, and make a note of when your eczema is really bad, and sometimes a correlation between certain types of food and your outbreaks will become evident. For a friend of mine, it turned out that she had a mild milk allergy that caused her outbreaks. It may help you learn what triggers your outbreaks and therefore what to avoid! Hope this helps, and good luck!