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What can I use for dermatitis instead of Triamcinolone Acetonide?


I have dermatitis that only ever gets better if treated with Triamcinolone Acetonide. Lotions and creams have not helped and sometimes dry out eczema+like areas. Does anyone know of over+the+counter treatments that help? Any secret remedies?
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Should we whisper if it's a secret? ; )

OUCH! Stop using that stuff now! Seriously, corticosteroids are one scary medication! Look at this:

Corticosteroids: Research literature, reflecting more than 50 years of studies, note a variety of adverse reactions to topical, oral, and systemic corticosteroids - ranging from mild to life-threatening and life-altering.

A few examples of the side effects include:
* Adrenal suppression
* Allergic reaction to the medication
* Cataracts
* Glaucoma
* Gastrointestinal effects, such as nausea and vomiting -- Peptic ulcers also have been shown to occur.
* Growth retardation
* Hair growth increase
* Hypertension, or high blood pressure
* Hypopigmentation (lightened patches of skin)
* Infection
* Osteoporosis
* Skin conditions including stretch marks, spider veins, thinning of the skin, purpura (purple-colored patches of skin), acne, perioral dermatitis and rosacea-like rashes
* Tachyphylaxis (a decreasing response to corticosteroids)
* Weight gain

Emily, if you wanna get rid of your condition, you must address the issue at the root. Any skin condition is a visible sign of imbalances inside the body. (Skin conditions are actually symptoms of other conditions -- it's your body crying out for help!)

I've had eczema badly on my hands and before I made a few lifestyle changes, I put a million things, natural and chemical, on my hands ... to no avail!  (+ info)

What can someone tell me about dermatitis and eczema?


I'm 9 years old, and my excema and dermatitis is getting really bad and taking over my face. What should i do?
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I hope this helps!! Good luck.

=:)  (+ info)

What is an effective treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?


I have had experience with weeping sores on my scalp, and they don't seem to be getting better. I've looked up what can cause this, and the most likely candidate seems to be seborrheic dermatitis. The jury seems to be out on what causes it, but there seems to be a definite lean toward it being a fungal infection of the hair follicles. What would you recommend to treat this condition?
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Hey..

I'm currently suffering with this condition. It can be a cause from unbalanced hormones, a fungus on the skin, malnutrition, etc...

Right now, I take a liquid multi vitamin (it's called VIBE). It worked pretty well but didn't start kicking in until maybe after.....4-5 weeks?

I also put apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil on my skin. This helps with the fungus part... cleans it up real well and stops most of the flaking and redness for me. Just look it up on the web! ^_^

I wish all the best to you. I had horrible hair loss from this disease. I'm now looking into eyebrow and scalp transplants! yikes...  (+ info)

What is the best treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?


I have severe seborrheic dermatitis (scalp) and I have tried everything over the counter and nothing works. I finally went to the dermatologist 2 weeks ago and he prescribed Loprox shampoo, and it has made my hair even more itchy and scaly! I called the office to get them to change my prescription and he said to give it more time. Is it supposed to get worse before it gets better? What are you prescribed to? Thank you!
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i went to a dremotologist and they to me to use a shampoo with zinc or syclic acid...and they also gave me a foam for hair i guess,....and then two other things for my face personally i dont think it should get worse i mean it shoud kindof take time to like work but yeh...aslso if it says on the lable stop use if condtion worsens then that could also be an indiccator....also when i had it i also look at my diet and really changed it....i think u should read article about subboric dermatitis...thats what did and tahts why when i went to my dermatologist i knew what to ask and stuff i have had my bad days where it seems like i have really dry skin ...hope u feel better:)  (+ info)

What sunscreen can I use without getting contact dermatitis?


I get really bed exzema and contact dermatitis every time I use sunscreen. Does anyone know of one that I can use and not get this painful rash on my face? I can't skip sunscreen because I burn easily on my face which is just as bad. So please help!! I can't just stay inside for the whole summer!
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New SunClear from Grahams Natural Alternatives protects the skin from the sun and provides added moisture as well. The perfect choice for all skin types including those with eczema and psoriasis. You could also try the more natural based sunscreens such as those from Green People and Lavera.
All sunscreens give protection against B rays; some also protect against A rays. The sun protection factor (SPF) tells you the extent to which the sunscreen filters out the B rays. The higher the SPF, the greater the degree of protection. SPF’s range from 2 up to 50, but someone with very fair skin or who has eczema that worsens in sunlight should use a cream with a factor of 15 or above.  (+ info)

How can you tell the difference between Seborrheic dermatitis and just having dry skin or dry scalp??


Im not sure if i just have dry skin an scalp or is it Seborrheic dermatitis i just lookin to know the difference between the two thanks.
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Dermatitis in very mild cases is hard to tell the difference especially on the scalp.

If you are experiencing any crusting over, or weeping of fluid in the affected areas, then you definitely have dermatitis.

FlakeFree therapeutic lotion formulated with zinc will clear your skin up.

FlakeFree therapeutic hair gel formulated with zinc, tea tree oil, and numerous herbal ingredients will clear your scalp.

I know, I used to suffer from dermatitis for years. I have remained clear now for several years since I started using the FlakeFree products.

P.S. They are also excellent for dry skin and scalp, dandruff, and numerous skin and scalp issues. Check out my site for further details.  (+ info)

What natural remedies did you use to put your Seborrheic Dermatitis in remission?


The doctor gave me prescription-levels of salicylic acid, but it didn't seem to help that much. It made my skin peel and the dermatitis patch was still there--it's on my forehead.

Anyone know of any remedies?
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Seborrheic dermatitis can be kept under control with treatment and good hygiene. However, seborrheic dermatitis cannot be prevented, and may recur. To reduce the symptoms of dandruff, shampoos containing selenium sulfide or tea tree oil such as Selsun, Tegrin, T-Gel or Ionil-T are recommended. Seborrheic dermatitis that develops on the face and body should be washed with soap and water daily. If Seborrheic dermatitis affects facial hair such as mustache or beard, shaving the area usually helps. Other treatments that may be prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist include medicated shampoos, antifungal drugs, topical corticosteroids and sulfur products.

More and more people are opting for natural approaches to treat skin conditions. Treatments such as herbal remedies and tissue salts have been used for centuries to optimize skin health with some amazing results. Using herbs are safe and effective for the skin and do not contain harsh synthetic ingredients and chemicals like so many skincare and cosmetic products.

Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide range of therapeutic effects that acts as a cleansing tonic, blood purifier and lymphatic cleanser. Tissue salts such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate help to maintain skin health and promote well-hydrated skin.  (+ info)

Does anyone have any suggestion or remadies for dermatitis which is non steriod and non quarterzone?


Any ideas for dermatitis treatments on hands, groin, chest and legs. It is very itchy and very red. Currently been using a dermatitis soap. Unfortunatly due tom server allergies to steriods and quarterzone these cannot be used. Anyone have any other treatments to help get it under wraps.
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I know my friend had a mild case of dermatitis on the edges of her face, and i also was believed to have dematitis which turned out to be a infection [so not much of help]

But when my friend and i had in her case dermatitis we were told to use Cetaphil, which I know is a Cleansing Product. It is perfect for sensitive skin, and a believe it does not contain steriod or quaterzone.

Here is the indgredient list;
Ingredients: Purified Water, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate (and) PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Masking Fragrance, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben.

Although, this may not be strong enough for a severe case of dermatitis, i know it worked for my friend [Wash face with it morning and night until it clears up].

As for me, now i keep it at hand for make-up removal ;). Extra handy for that time you accidently miss with your eyeliner and draw a huge line down your face >.>.

I don't know whether Cetaphil is available internationally, but i live in australia so yeah...  (+ info)

does allergic contact dermatitis make you unable to get the smallpox vaccine?


If you have Allergic Contact Dermatitis, not Atopic Dermatitis. Can you still get severe reactions from the small pox vaccine?
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The Center for Disease Control's website warns people with atopic dermatitis.regarding the vaccine, not people who have allergic contact dermatitis. It's always best to let your doctor know about this, of course, before getting the vaccine.  (+ info)

What is the best bodywash/shampoo for someone with contact dermatitis?


I've developed a horrible case of allergic/mechanical contact dermatitis. Any contact with soaps or solvents causes my hands to swell, dry, and crack. I tried using soaps and shampoos for sensitive skin but that didn't even work. Any ideas?
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Try diluted baby shampoo. Get one of those foaming baby shampoos. Most of them only have about 1-2 tablespoons of detergent ingredients per bottle, the rest is water. Best wishes with your condition though, because contact dermatitis is general caused by whatever you are allergic to having already been absorbed into your skin... it won't quit until the allergic substance you have already been exposed to degrades enough to quit bothering you-- and you stop exposing yourself to the problem. In the meantime, you might try some Benedryl gel and/or an aloe vera lotion.  (+ info)

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