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Old 11-24-2009, 01:50 AM
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Question Excema questions

This summer both boys had bad rashes/dry skin and I took them to a doctor and she said it was excema. I don't understand why they would both suddenly have it appear at the same time .

Anyway, D recently got really dried irritated skin on his hands, and I was thinking it was from washing his hands so much at home/school and the cold weather, but my friend said it was the excema again. TJ hasn't had it again since this summer though.

Does it ever go away, or is it something they'll always have to deal with?

How do they get it? I don't have it, and I don't think DH has had it?


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Old 11-24-2009, 02:43 AM
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This summer both boys had bad rashes/dry skin and I took them to a doctor and she said it was excema. I don't understand why they would both suddenly have it appear at the same time .
contact dermatitis is a type of eczema. they may have touched something they shouldn't have. laundry detergent is often a good thing to change.

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Anyway, D recently got really dried irritated skin on his hands, and I was thinking it was from washing his hands so much at home/school and the cold weather, but my friend said it was the excema again. TJ hasn't had it again since this summer though.

Does it ever go away, or is it something they'll always have to deal with?
there are different types of eczema. you are not describing a chronic type of eczema.

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How do they get it? I don't have it, and I don't think DH has had it?
once again, there are different types. the list is probably available on wikipedia or some other similar sites, which i would imagine you have checked already.

in conclusion: get your some some lotion unless it doesn't go away or really becomes painful
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:27 AM
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The thicker the lotion the better (unscented as well). If it's still a problem the doctor should recommend
some special kinds of lotions. I get it in the winter when I'm state side.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:52 AM
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My entire family gets it & when we lived by the Great Salt Lake it was horrible. There are a million prescribed lotions you can get. Elidel (I can't remember how to spell it) works really good. Some have steroids though so be aware.
My kid's doctor told me to have them pee on the affected skin in the shower. Gross but it worked.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:09 AM
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I agree with Vik and Lisa. Time will tell if it's chronic or temporary, but I'd start applying lotion for extremely dry skin asap. Try and get creams rather than traditional lotions though; many lotions have alcohol in them, making the need for more lotion a cycle. There are alcohol-free creams out there, but you have to look for them.

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contact dermatitis is a type of eczema. they may have touched something they shouldn't have. laundry detergent is often a good thing to change.



there are different types of eczema. you are not describing a chronic type of eczema.



once again, there are different types. the list is probably available on wikipedia or some other similar sites, which i would imagine you have checked already.

in conclusion: get your some some lotion unless it doesn't go away or really becomes painful
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The thicker the lotion the better (unscented as well). If it's still a problem the doctor should recommend
some special kinds of lotions. I get it in the winter when I'm state side.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:16 AM
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Cetaphil lotion worked wonders on Abram. Also I was told to use Dove Extra Moisturizing Body Wash on Abram. He has not had a flare up in over 4 years.
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:29 AM
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Thanks everyone! I have a tub of eucerin cream that I've been using on him.

Good to know Vik, the doc we took them to made it sound like something they would have off and on forever
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:20 AM
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My kids don't have it, but when they were both babies, the pedi (same one, both times) told me to wash them with Dove bar soap, and to use one with the least ingredients I could find. Seems to work well for us, other than the occasional dry patch when it's particularly cold and dry. The older one used to get kinda bad dry spots, that's when the pedi first mentioned this.
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:35 PM
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OTC hydrocortisone cream is great for eczema, when I was a kid I had prescription strength hydrocortison for my eczema, but the OTC stuff works really well too.
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:42 PM
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My daughter was basically born w/ eczema. She had it on several places on her body until she was about 3. Then only a few patches (and not always in the same place). It seems to go away in the Summer when it's more humid and then she seems to get it back in the Fall/Winter w/ the colder, dryer weather. We have used OTC cortisone for really bad itchiness and Vanicream lotion after bath or for spot treatment in the Winter. When she was a baby we used Cetaphil lotion/cleanser as well.

I never had it and neither did my hubby, but I have asthma which can be linked w/ eczema. So if you have a history of that, it may be the culprit.

Hope you find relief! People have good suggestions.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:22 PM
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My son used to use Eucerin, but that was along time ago. There are probably things that are comparable or better now.
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I've had dyshidrotic eczema on my hands for about 8 years. It is a chronic type of eczema. There are many types of eczema including atopic which is pretty normal for young children. I had this type of eczema when I was a kid on the back of my knees, elbows, etc. Usually it eventually subsides. The type of eczema I have now started out of nowhere and is incurable. It's really bad

Cetaphil & Eucerin are great. I also use Dove sensitive skin bar soap, and I have to use dye/fagrance free detergent. Washing your hands less also helps (although it is hard)

Some eczema is genetic and may go along with asthma & allergies (which I have both)

If your child continues having flare ups, I would suggest allergy testing.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:23 PM
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I've had dyshidrotic eczema on my hands for about 8 years. It is a chronic type of eczema. There are many types of eczema including atopic which is pretty normal for young children. I had this type of eczema when I was a kid on the back of my knees, elbows, etc. Usually it eventually subsides. The type of eczema I have now started out of nowhere and is incurable. It's really bad
I have the same kind. When I was young I had eczema on the back of my knee and elbows and the sides of my forearms. Now those are all gone, but I have bad eczema on all my fingers
My sister and I both have it on our fingers, but my parents and brothers don't. I'm also not allergic to anything except some medication with sulphur compounds in it. Weird, I know
I just try and moisturize a lot, but it's hard with all these viruses floating around and you have to keep washing your hands, and sometimes I don't have lotion on me
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I have the same kind. When I was young I had eczema on the back of my knee and elbows and the sides of my forearms. Now those are all gone, but I have bad eczema on all my fingers
My sister and I both have it on our fingers, but my parents and brothers don't. I'm also not allergic to anything except some medication with sulphur compounds in it. Weird, I know
I just try and moisturize a lot, but it's hard with all these viruses floating around and you have to keep washing your hands, and sometimes I don't have lotion on me
I get it on the palms of my hands & fingers. No one else in my family has it either, but allergies run in my family. I've tried a few prescribed ointments (Protopic which is the same as Elidel) but these have been shown to cause cancer so I stopped using them. They didn't work anyway. I'm constantly flaring up (blister like bubbles) then it dries out and my hands crack & bleed. It's very painful and at times I cannot even take a shower, drive without gloves, etc) It sux! I wish it would just go away one day.
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I know other people have said this, but I want to emphasize how great Cetaphil is (I hated Eucerin, felt weird to me), and definitely cut out anything scented--laundry detergent, soap, etc. I had prescription steroid cream but I hated using it, and I don't think constant prolonged use of it is recommended anyway. Best thing to do is stay moisturized and reduce irritants and friction (like from tight clothing).
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^ Unscented everything...forgot about that. I've been using All free and clear for years...just out of habit now!
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i hate eczema.

give them cooler, shorter baths/showers if possible.

i also find sweat really irritates my eczema.

a friend of mine has it on his hands and uses a steroid cream, but it has really thinned his skinned over the many many years he's been using it so i'd take precaution.

luckily for me, my eczema is looking like its almost gone. you might also want to look into a different soap, i found some body soaps made my eczema worse than others. I currently use Dove and it's not too bad on the eczema.
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My daughter has eczema behind her ears, on her scalp and behind her knees. Her ped prescribed Mometasone Furoate Cream. It hasn't cured it but it is a great fix for when she has flare-ups. I also switched her shampoo to a dye and unscented one. She wasn't born with it, it just appeared one day.
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I'm constantly flaring up (blister like bubbles) then it dries out and my hands crack & bleed.
YES! I get this too!
I know when I take the bus, people stare at my hands when I grab onto the pole.
But it's not contagious, people!

One thing I hate is the subconscious scratching when I'm sleeping.
I know I get pretty warm when I sleep, causing my hands to get itchy.
When I wake up in the morning, my hands are all worse
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If your child continues having flare ups, I would suggest allergy testing.
Absolutely ...I would bet for probably half the people mentioned here, the culprit could be dairy. A lot of people have dairy allergies that don't seem apparent (as in sudden GI/respiratory reactions or, like me, cold symptoms) until you remove the offending allergen. Especially if you or your children get recurring ear infections, this is probably a likely cause.

My mom and I both have had eczema on and off--I used to get really horrible breakouts every 5 years or so, but I haven't had one since right around high school graduation. I'm still not sure what caused those, since at least 2 of those breakouts occurred after I'd eliminated dairy.
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Both my children have multiple allergies and eczema. My oldest who is 4 has severe eczema, and what all our dermatologists recommend is aquaphor which is a stronger petroleum, so vaseline is similar. We have also been recommended hydrolatum and even crisco. Anything thick, unscented, and will moisturize the skin. Right now we use coconut oil, which is straight from an indian supermarket, which is moisturizing but less thick. Although be warned, although effective, the smell may not be considered appealing. Try to choose something unscented, as perfumes can be irritating to the skin.

Eczema can be really hard as its very uncomfortable for the skin. She unfortunately is starting to grow immune to the steroids we have used all her life.

The change is weather is usually a time of more difficulty when it comes to skin management ad the winter brings more heating in the home and results in dryer skin. Try a humidifier and see if that helps on that front. There are many things to try.

Not all children with eczema have allergies. Although the eczema and lots of scratching can bring bad things like skin infections and the such.

Good luck, I hope this helps.
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Thank you all for you input! His hands have cleared up for now, thankfully, and I'll try some of your suggestions!
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