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Old 07-05-2010, 09:44 PM
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Eczema on face help :(

I've has eczema before and it's always the same patches (the cheek area surrounding my lips) It's usually on one side or the other. I've had this problem now for 2 weeks and my derm can't see me till the second week in August. It's itching, scaly, dry, flaking, red.
I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions? I don't get eczema enough to remember how I've cured it before... I just put on hydrocortisone cream 1% tonight. I'm hoping that helps. I've been using Dove on my face and it feel better. I dunno what to do
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:53 PM
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you are currently using retin a correct?? the dryness is most likely from that. the hydrocortisone cream should help it. you might need to use your retin a every other night if it is making you peel so that your skin can adjust to it. i have really bad eczema on my hands and i use an RX steroid ointment for it similar to hydrocortisone.

ETA: whenever i get dry spots on my face from my tazorac i put the RX steriod cream on it and it takes the dryness away within a few days. i also make sure to put a facial moisturizer on the dry patches as well.
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:45 AM
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Thank you Yes I do. I will give that a try
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:25 AM
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Use something greasy. Try Aquaphor. My husband has had Eczema since he was a baby. Our derm. says it's the worse case he's ever seen. He's tried photo therapy lights......you name it he's tried it. He prefers Aquaphor compared to prescription creams.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:51 PM
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Last night I loaded on the hydrocortisone cream, tonight I am doing the same, as well as tomorrow. Tomorrow during the day I will apply the aquaphor stuff, I got a small sample tube from work ( joys of working in a hospital lol).
I'm hoping it goes away!
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^aquaphor is good too as mentioned!! all of that should help a lot with the dryness!!!
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Use something greasy. Try Aquaphor. My husband has had Eczema since he was a baby. Our derm. says it's the worse case he's ever seen. He's tried photo therapy lights......you name it he's tried it. He prefers Aquaphor compared to prescription creams.
May I ask where your husband has eczema? I have dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and nothing works to ease it. I've heard of the photo light therapy, and have contemplated trying it.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:05 PM
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i have horrible eczema on my hands too!! it is so bad that i have tons of deep cracks on my fingers that bleed. it is an on going problem b/c i am always washing my hands. it never seems to go away....

the only thing that seems to help it and take it away if i use it for two weeks straight is RX steriod ointment such as elocon or cyclocort ointment. it always comes right back though after a while... my derm said it is always going to be a problem for me b/c of my profession... i am a nurse so i have to wash my hands constantly. anyway, i wonder too if photo light therapy would work...

eta: i get the bad blisters too at times
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I've had it for almost 10 years Mine starts with little "bubbles" on the palms of my hands and fingers then dries out and cracks. It heals and then the whole cycle starts again. I've tried numerous RX creams/ointments but nothing worked and some of them had a danger of thinning your skin and Protopic/Elidel was found to possibly cause cancer Luckily I only used that briefly. I do think washing your hands too much contributes to it. I was a barista during college, and I think that may have stressed my hands. I try to wash my hands less, but it's hard! (OCD) I also have carpal tunnel syndrome in both my hands. I'm not sure if my eczema contributed or caused it from the repeated breakouts I use only natural soaps & detergents, my diet is mainly organic, and I have had allergy injections the last 6 years. Still, no cure! It's soooo frustrating! I wish I could find a doctor who specializes in this type of eczema. The only thing I haven't tried is the photo therapy or the extreme diets. Sorry for the novel!
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^trust me, i totally understand!!! yeah, the steriods creams/ointments can thin your skin but that is why you use them only for 2 weeks straight. but like i said, it takes it away but it always comes back i wish it would go away forever!!! i seriously hate my hands!! i am sure you feel the same way too!!! i am SO embarrased of them!! they are always cracked and scaly and gross!!! i hate it!!

eta: i have tried protopic and elidel in the past too!!! i could not tolerate the protopic at all!!! it burned so bad!!
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I usually have like 1 good week per month when my hands are ok. I also think it may be hormonal. When I was preggo I got a weird eczema breakout on my chest & belly, a spot I never had it on before

Maybe I'll go to the dermotologist again...I haven't been in a long time because I get discouraged when nothing works.

I feel better when I talk to someone who knows what it's like
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:29 PM
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I know this isn't practical for your face, but I have eczema and so do my kids, and our pediatrician recommended the Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula. It has really helped everyone's skin. I do use it on the kids' faces, but they don't wear makeup.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:27 PM
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I get really bad eczema breakouts on my hands occasionally, mine is pompholyx to be more exact, and extremely beyond crazy want-to-kill-myself itchy. it takes over my entire fingers, swells them up, yeah it's gross. it is always super difficult to get rid of, and all the creams i've tried only calm the itching for a little while. However, the more recent breakout i started to get (about 2 months ago) i caught early and stopped it all together. As soon as I noticed my fingers starting to itch and, erm, bubble, i started putting simple cortisone cream on them, and i started moisturizing a lot. I'm pretty sure the extra moisturizing did the trick because it didn't spread like it normally does and was gone within a week.

I'm not much help besides telling you all the standard things like to dry yourself really well after getting wet, moisturize, don't scratch, oh and the weather apparently makes it worse (at least for me) due to extreme temperature changes or sweating. I normally get it in the summer. Another thing a nurse told me to dry up the itchy watery blister things is to soak my hands in water and vinegar for 15 mins a few times a day. helps a LOT. I know this wouldn't apply to your face, but in case anyone else has hand problems i always found that to be a good solution.
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Pompholyx is another name for dyshidrotic eczema.

Dyshidrosis

My hands don't itch anymore, because I've lost sensitivity due to so many breakouts over the years.

I've tried to "catch" a breakout early by moisturizing when I first see the bubbles forming, but that no longer works either

Wow I'm surprised there's a few of you that have this too. Sometimes I feel so alone in what I have to deal with.
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I also have dyshidrotic eczema on my hands. I didn't realize so many other people had it too. When the breakouts get really bad I use a rx steroid foam, like Olux. Other than that I just make sure to dry them good and use moisturizer constantly.
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^trust me, i totally understand!!! yeah, the steriods creams/ointments can thin your skin but that is why you use them only for 2 weeks straight. but like i said, it takes it away but it always comes back i wish it would go away forever!!! i seriously hate my hands!! i am sure you feel the same way too!!! i am SO embarrased of them!! they are always cracked and scaly and gross!!! i hate it!!

eta: i have tried protopic and elidel in the past too!!! i could not tolerate the protopic at all!!! it burned so bad!!
Have you tried using those protective creams that act as a barrier while you're at work? When I was doing hair my hands were trashed (cracked, bleeding, horrible) but I started using those creams and it really helped. I'll see if I can find a link.
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Most hospitals carry a think hand lotion that is kind of waxy when you put it on your hands. Feels like a coating.
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Have you tried using those protective creams that act as a barrier while you're at work? When I was doing hair my hands were trashed (cracked, bleeding, horrible) but I started using those creams and it really helped. I'll see if I can find a link.
i haven't found one that stays on long enough yet if you find a link of one that you liked post it for sure!!!
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isn't Eucerin good for eczema?

I don't have it, but my nieces and nephews do and my sister uses that cream sometimes for them.
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isn't Eucerin good for eczema?

I don't have it, but my nieces and nephews do and my sister uses that cream sometimes for them.
I use Eucerin more as prevention because it's lighter. If I have some Eczema I'm trying to get rid of I use Aquaphor. That stuff rocks!
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My kids get eczema with their seasonal allergies.

For them, only oral antihistamines such as Zyrtec work to get rid of it.

But when they have it, I apply a steroid cream layered underneath Aquaphor (love this stuff too) at night. I don't put steroid on their faces though but they don't get eczema there so I haven't needed to.

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oh hai, i have a question... my eczema just decided to pop up on one hand the other day and i've been trying to combat it since. I've never tried Aquaphor but it sounds like it's worked for a bunch of you. Now, do you use this stuff during the initial breakout tiny bumpy bubbley things/itchy stage, or only after the skin dries out a bit?
edit: Do they even sell this stuff in Canada? anyone know?

oh and p.s. i am soooooooooooooooooooo ITCHY
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yes, I think I've seen it before in Canada.
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I have and have used the Aquaphor before and it's great, but I'm not totally convinced that it's that different from Vaseline. Anyone?
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I find it not to be as greasy as Vaseline. It certainly looks and feels like it does but it does not leave the same residue.

But, if it's on your hand, then maybe Vaseline is the way to go so as it may have better water resistancy and endure more than a washing.

Aquaphor is great though for various things. You can buy it in small tubes.

It probably won't give you quick relief from itching though. You should probably put a steroid cream and then Aquaphor or Vaseline over it to seal it in.

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