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Ive had eczema since i was just a few years old and ive been in fairly good control of it all, using creams etc to keep it moisturized etc...

But recently its started flaring up quite badly on the inside part of my elbow (where i normally get it). im still in control of my scratching in the day time and use aqueous cream to stop it itching..

The problem is, i scratch it in my sleep...meaning i cant control myself from scratching it...this seems to put all of my willpower in the daytime not scratching it to waste..

Anyone got any tips on how i can not scratch my arms in my sleep?

I've e same problem since childhood days too. its common for ppl staying in tropical area to have eczema... I resides in SGP by the way...

A few tips to reduce itch:
1) use diprocel cream (gradually i found tt it itch less often)
2) take Atrax (an anti itch pill - not immediately felt but usually next day u dun feel itchy at all)
3) take a flu tablet pill (the yellow colour type) - i was told that it has the same effects as Atrax.

1 & 2 requires a doctor's prescription while 3 can be bought over the counter at pharmacies.

when it itch real bad i will take 2 or 3 option. it works for me and i seldom has itchy "attacks" now. maybe once a year or something? and every "attach" is mild as compared to my childhood days.

Please consult a doctor! what works for me might not work for others! I went to National Skin Centre to have a specialist's opinion before, for your info.

As for tips to prevent u from scratching during sleep - wear long sleeve (make sure its loose / not thick material so that you can loose heat easily) sleeping in air con room might help cos heat is the main cause for eczema attacks. having a cold shower before sleep helps too! In short - avoid and reduce HEAT! (put ice packs on ur arms when u sleep to numb ur hand maybe?)

oh, and stop scratching!!! slap or beat ur skin instead!!!

=> just to add on after i see Minx's answer:
i do not have constipation problems often lol!  (+ info)


i go on holiday in 4 weeks, and i have eczema on my legs and a little bit on the creases of my arms.

I was just wondering does anybody know any creams or tablets in fact anythin that will help my skin clear up, or releave the itching!?

any tips or advice on what to do?
please help
thanks in advance x

i think that's that its called
that helps a bit

or if u ask your doctor about the use of steroid creams, that really helps me (i use Protopic)
but the downside with that is when you stop using them, it may come back a bit worse than before.

to stop the itching an antihistamine should work, unless your like me, then you again will need to as your doctor for a stronger one (unfortunately i cant find the ones i use, if i find the box, ill re post)  (+ info)

How is Eczema transferable to my partner/ways to deal with it?

Can eczema, on my legs, be transferred to my partner just from cuddling in bed? AND What's the best method to reduce irritation/itchiness or reduce my partner's chances of getting eczema?

Hi Jake.

If it is Eczema that you have, there's no need for concern about you transferring it to you partner. It is not contagious.

One of the best ways to reduce the itching is to use Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal. Your local Walgreens or CVS drug store should have this.

Put 2 cups of the Aveeno Oatmeal in a bath filled with luke warm water. Just soak in it for about 15 minutes. When you dry yourself off, make sure you use the towel and pat yourself dry. Do not rub the towel to dry as this can cause the irritation to get worse. After your dry yourself off, apply a good moisturizer.

There are numerous things that will help you relieve the itchiness. I would try to avoid prescribed medications if your eczema is just isolated on your legs. Cortisone cream for example will have some long term side affects if used often. Look for natural remedies to help with your eczema. They provide much better relief and the most important part, it's safer.

I provided a link below that should give you some ideas on other methods to help you with this. Don't let eczema take control of your life. You can treat this and actually there are ways to keep it from returning time and time again as it often seems to do.

Hope this has helped you out a little.  (+ info)

How do you treat eczema on fingernail beds?

The eczema affects the growth/production of my fingernails and takes several months to begin to clear up. I'm in a wedding in October and am worried that it won't be cleared up by then. I am currently using Elecon cream to treat my eczema on other areas and it works really well, but doesn't seem to work on my fingernails at all. Any suggestions?

That could be a fungal infection. Nail bed is a very common site for that. It won't heal with any cream but with proper antifungal treatment that too for 4-6 weeks  (+ info)

What causes eczema and what makes it pop up in different places?

I have eczema on the back of two of my fingers and now I'm getting it inside my elbow (where it bends). I also have a patch of it on the back of my leg. What causes it and why does it show up in such random places?

Eczema is caused by a lack of Vitamin E and dry skin. Avoid pool water. Always moisturize. My index finger has eczema too. I used to have it inside my elbows and other fingers. But they are all gone. Use steroid creams (prescribed by your doctor of course). Try shea butter for your skin. Use lotion with oatmeal. Use Ucerin cream for your hands. Do not let them stay dry. Eczema usually show up in joints (inside elbows and knees) and palm of hands (mostly fingers) and maybe feet. Use Aveeno cream (it has oatmeal formula). Hope this helps. It is not curable (Im mad about that). It's usually seasonal (usually summer for me). Might be winter for you. It's treatable by using the steps above. Good luck!   (+ info)

What is the best way to get rid of eczema?

I have eczema all over my chins. At least i think its eczema. The areas of "eczema" are very very dry and get severely itchy and they sometimes bleed when i itch them. Tell me how to get rid of this.

Really, it doesn't matter if it's eczema or not, it is bothersome and irritating and is there because you have an underlying issue. Most people like to treat and are told to treat a skin condition with topical ointments/creams/lotions when all that does is give some temporary relief if any at all.

Skin conditions of all sorts - psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, etc.... are all visual signs and symptoms of other conditions within the body. To treat a skin condition, you must treat the body as a whole -- holistically. So, basically, if you follow a good holistic program thoroughly, you won't need a doctor's diagnosis. Your chin will clear up automatically! (And, a doctor will only tell you that there is no cure for any of these conditions and will end up prescribing toxic meds that may do more harm than good!)

Best of health to you, cornie!  (+ info)

How do I reduce the effects of scars from eczema?

I'm 19 years old and have had eczema since I was roughly 15. It started just on my stomach cause of the belts I wore, and then on my arms, but that was nothing until this past year. I have it bad on my arms, stomach, half my back, upper thighs, chest, and neck. And I am also half hispanic, so I scar very easily. They aren't raised scars or anything, but just dark marks. And they stay, for years. Lotions for dry skin don't work, I know that. But even if I do control my eczema, the scars from it will last for a long time. Can anyone relate and possibly know any way to help me with my scars, or eczema? I'm running out of options! I feel like a leper here!

HI Amber

Here are some ideas to start the healing process.

Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.


Natural Cures

Aromatherapy: Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, melissa, neroli, eucalyptus, geranium, and/or juniper can help speed healing and relief of symptoms when applied topically to the affected areas.

Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet and avoid potentially allergy-causing foods, especially sugar, wheat, milk, and dairy products, including yogurt. Also avoid excess consumption of fruit, especially citrus and sour, as these foods may aggravate symptoms.

Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy® for accompanying stress, and Rescue Remedy Cream® on the affected areas.

Herbs: Herbal remedies such as cleavers, nettle, yellowdock, or red clover tea or tinctures may be very effective. They are often combined with relaxing herbs such as chamomile, linden flowers, or skullcap. One combination would be equal parts of cleavers, nettle, and chamomile drunk as an infusion three times a day. A stronger mixture combines the tinctures of figwort, burdock, and cleavers in equal parts; take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day.

To alleviate itching, bathe affected areas of your body with lukewarm or cold chickweed infusion. For cracked, dry, or painful skin, use a salve made from calendula flowers and St. John`s wort leaves.

Goldenseal applied externally may also be helpful.

Homeopathy:Dulcamara, Rhus tox., Sulfur, Arsen alb., and Graphites, taken alone or in combination with each other can help speed healing. Petroleum and Psorinum are also effective homeopathic remedies, but must be taken alone.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of eczema: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork (Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology), Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed, Photon Stimulator), Environmental Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Magnetic Field Therapy (North Pole Magnetic Energy Application), Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, and Oxygen Therapy

Best of health to you  (+ info)

How can you control eczema around your eyes?

Every winter I get eczema around my eyes and today it is especially red and irritated. I know that is a sensitive area and normal creams and topical steroids that you would ordinarily use are not good to use near the eyes. Are there any over-the-counter creams or gels I could find to help with this? It is bothersome and unattractive. Thanks!

I have the same trouble, it's so bad my eyes puff up like balloons overnight from the irritation. I use Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for dry/sensitive skin, it really helps, even though people they say you shouldn't put normal moisturiser around the eye area because it's too rich, I don't see what else can be done.  (+ info)

I get eczema and acne on my face, what can I do to get rid of it?

Acne medication makes my eczema worst and eczema medication causes my face to get pimples. I don't know what to do, my face looks horrible!

Hi Peacon I would like you to try this cream it really works great:

It is called - Rescue Remedy cream , made by naturals company called Bach, might also be known as Flower Remedy

I really should have found the site for you, it is available in Australia and should be available elsewhere, It was recomended to me years ago by this really weird spiritual natural healer lady, but i tell ya what she was right i never had eczema again. Email me if you have any trouble finding it
let me know how you get on? hope it gets better soon.

Bach rescue remedy cream  (+ info)

Will my eczema be a problem in getting a tattoo?

I have had eczema ever since i can remember, and it was horrible when I was a kid. However, since i moved to Florida I've hardly had a break out in 4 years. Now, i have this awesome tattoo designed and ready to go. I was just wondering if my eczema is going to cause any side-effects and possible infection when i get the tattoo?

i don't think its going to cause any side effect or infection when you get it. but keep in mind i hope you're getting a tattoo in a place where your eczema doesn't break out.

hoped i helped.
♥ kaye  (+ info)

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