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Offline james_r

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Spreading Eczema Rash, Opinions?
« on: Tuesday January 29, 2013, 01:49:14 AM »
Hi, wondering what everyone's opinion on these pictures of me are.





inner elbows

I had cradle cap as a baby, then nothing but slightly itchy and very marginally red inner knees and elbows as a child. Then during puberty my seborrhoeic dermatitis broke out on my scalp and face and my inner elbow atopic dermatitis got worse.

During mid 2009 i got a itchy rash on my wrists after scratching while washing dishes in a restaurant, this seemed slightly different than normal eczema but all doctors either said they didn't know or said it was eczema. It has since spread to my neck when itching after shaving about a year and a half ago, and to my  stomach and shoulders just a few days ago i also used to have a single coin sized patch on the top of my foot which went away after about half a year of not touching it at all (i think i found this easier because as the area of skin didn't stretch very much it was far less itchy, just like my stomach isn't as itchy but my neck and inner elbows feel terrible).

My father has asthma and my mother has dry skin, all 3 of us have hay fever.

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Re: Spreading Eczema Rash, Opinions?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday January 29, 2013, 07:51:39 PM »
The medical description would be atopic eczema or contact dermatitis.  The weakness in any medical description is that the cause and the treatment need to be discovered.
The cause and the treatment can be found by experimentation with topical (on the surface) over the counter products.   Your condition is on the surface of your skin so taking pills is probably not necessary, because your condition is apparently not systemic (inside your body).

All I can suggest to get you started, are, are you using a non-comedogenic (oil free) lotion?  Cologne free clothes detergent?   Any food allergies? Y
Perhaps you are allergic to something in your environment.  That would be a good point to start, but it may not be that, so keep an open mind.
You may want to take personal photos so you can compare them over time and see small improvements or flare ups more easily.  You may want to keep a journal too, so you can see things that are seasonal, like hay fever, or how your various treatments affect your skin over long periods of time.

Send me a private message and include your email address and I'll reply to you with a .pdf of The Textbook of Atopic Dermatitis, 2008 edition, which is not light reading but could help you.  This textbook is very good and could help you understand all the odd medical terms and find a treatment.  Get ready to google a lot of words.  Good luck!

Offline james_r

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Re: Spreading Eczema Rash, Opinions?
« Reply #2 on: Friday February 08, 2013, 09:24:32 PM »
so after putting steroids (elocon ointment) on my stomach rash for the first time this happened -

i know hypopigmentation sometimes happens with steroid use but the first ever use on a patch of skin and only around the edge of the rash which was previously the most hyperpigmented? thoughts?

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Re: Spreading Eczema Rash, Opinions?
« Reply #3 on: Monday March 11, 2013, 02:13:24 PM »
Hi, after looking at your pictures, at least you haven't  got scaly skin yet, you must be quite young.  I would suggest you going to the nearest beach and staying in the sea for 30 mins a day for a week.  The mixture of sea and salt is wonderful for eczema.  I am going on holiday in April to Spain as it it cheaper to go to Spain than Wales!!

I have dry eczema and after a remission of 3 years, it flared up last year.  I started to drink dried neem leaves with hot water in a teapot and drank as much as possible in a day followed by apple cider vinegar and honey (2 tablespoon of appple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of honey.

You could also try oil pulling which means swishing 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes then spitting out in the sink.  It gets rid of toxins.

Try looking at your diet and see what it is you are drinking or eating a lot of and that could be the trigger.

Take care!! 8)
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