anyone here have eczema?

curlygirlINcurlygirlIN Registered Users Posts: 70
Hi everybody =) I have REALLY bad eczema all over my legs, and now that it's getting warmer and I'm wearing shorts it's really hard to hide! It looks so ugly and I'm so embarrassed by it. Does anyone else hear have eczema? Any tips on how to take care of it? Thanks!

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  • JimipeJimipe Registered Users Posts: 276
    Which type do you have? Do you have a reason behind it? How do you treat these areas? (I've grown up with it and despite it being better than ever I still have some areas on my legs that keeps giving me trouble.)

    In general sun is usually great for most eczemas, so even if you might feel uncomfortable, bare legs is probably one of the better things you can do for it anyway. If you don't feel comfortable, try getting some sun on your legs at other times. For me, the only times I'm completely free of these are after like a month in the sun...

    Moisture + trying to help the skins barriers is usually the key. Avoid soap and other drying substances, don't take hot long showers, always apply cremes after you've been in contact with water etc. But all of these things you probably already knew. :/
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  • curlicious13curlicious13 Registered Users Posts: 1,632 Curl Neophyte
    My friends daughter has ezema & she uses something by aveeno. I think it's the ezema relief.
  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I get it occasionally on my hands. Coconut oil works well for me when it flares.

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  • curlygirlINcurlygirlIN Registered Users Posts: 70
    Thanks everybody for all the replies. I don't really know what kind of eczema it is, but it looks like little tiny pimples all over my legs and thighs. Then on my arms and hands its like a red lacy rash. I've been using Curel lotion, it seems to help somewhat, but I still have a lot of it. Can eczema be related to gluten intolerance, asthma, or immunodeficiency or anemia? Those are other things I struggle with, so I wonder if they are related...not sure. I'll try the coconut oil and I'll be more dedicated with the moisturizing. Thanks guys!
  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    I want to say yes on gluten intolerance but not 100% positive. The other thing that helps on my hands is vaseline and gloves. Keeps me from itching especially at night. What I get on my hand/fingers is sort of like blisters, small pimples. Never figured out the trigger other than strong chemicals (like bleach). I try to be more careful now with anything I use. But since I started using the coconut oil to wash my face (good make up remover), I haven't had a flare in a long time. It's a good moisturizer.

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  • kasdenkasden Registered Users Posts: 1,045 Curl Connoisseur
    I've had it really bad since I was a kid. My feet itched so bad I would literally scratch the skin off in my sleep...then it would get infected. About 10 years ago I started taking 30mg of COQ10 2-3 times a day and it cut down the frequency and severity of breakouts by about 80%! When I had a breakout, I would take a couple of extra doses a day and it cleared up in about 4 days instead of a month. It might not work for you like that in the beginning, it may take some time. You'll need to take it all the time, not just when it flares up. Now I take 1, 100mg capsule a day and I haven't had a breakout in about 5 years - YAY!!!!

    It is a bit expensive, but you can find it at Walmart in a twin pack. I just bought 2 bottles of 60 capsules for $25. Well worth it for a 4 month supply.

    Absolutely everyone I've turned on to COQ10 that has taken it regularly has had GREAT improvements! Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions!!!!
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  • JimipeJimipe Registered Users Posts: 276
    If you do not know what it is, then try to see a doctor. What might work on once eczema might be bad for another. I would not spend a lot of money experiementing with supplements and DO NOT try a gluten free diet unless you have had both blood works and biopsies to check it unless you have a formal diagnosis. Eczemas are usually a symptom of something else that your immun system is fighting, or it is a specific form of it, where the cause is the skin itself. Either way, knowing gives you the best chance to handle it.

    Do you have other allergies or food intolerances? Asthma? Other autoimmun diseases? When did these start occuring? Has it been worse lately? How do you treat the areas now?

    Shower as rarely as possible and do not use showergel and/or soap and/or schampo on the affected areas. Be careful with letting it run along as well. Shower as cold as you feel is okay, for as short amount of time as possible. There are plenty of "eczema creams" but most of them is not really good for long term use, so while they might offer you relief right when you use them you need to do your best to handle the situation as good as possible. Olive oil has an mild effect similar to hydrocortison and helps your skin barrier. Remember to always apply creams binding water after you have been in contact with water. You want allergy sensitive creams specific for this. You need to treat all of your skin well.
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  • curlygirlINcurlygirlIN Registered Users Posts: 70
    Well, I've had all these health problems since I was about four. The gluten intolerance is new, but it kind of runs in the family. The doctors really don't know what's wrong with me, they just diagnose it as an immunodeficiency but there's no treatment for it. It's really weird, whenever I'm around someone with a cold I get either pneumonia or pleurisy and end up in the hospital for about a week. And if I get a cut, it turns into cellulitis especially on my face. I guess I'll just try to manage the eczema along with all my other weird health issues. Thanks everybody!
  • JimipeJimipe Registered Users Posts: 276
    How new is the gluten intolerance? If it fairly new you will most likely notice improvement in your skin issues. While I don't have the issues with cuts, the cold that my boyfriends tackles with within two days and are well by then I end up in the ER, so I'm at least partially there with you. For me, when I got my diagnosis and went gluten free my eczema went from all-over-the-body-scratching-me-in-my-sleep-til-I-bled full-body-lotion-applying-three-times-a-way to a fairly manageable level.

    The bad news is that eczema is something you will need to figure out how to handle the best for you. When mine are the worst I use vaseline to be able to take a shower.
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  • curlygirlINcurlygirlIN Registered Users Posts: 70
    The gluten intolerance is probably about five months so not that new I guess. It takes a while to get it out of your system though. I'll have to try the vaseline. I think I'm going to try some sweet almond oil tonight, read somewhere that it should help. Thanks everybody for all the help!
  • JimipeJimipe Registered Users Posts: 276
    I would give it at least two years. You first need to heal on the inside so you can absorb nutricance properly and then start healing the rest of you body. It takes time. A lo of time. Which is why eating something by mistake, even though it does not kill us, is so serious. :(

    Vaseline is really not treating the areas, but it is what I have found to be the best when it is really bad just because it allows you to actually shower without affecting the areas too much. However it does not really give you any moisture, it essentially just forms a barrier to help the very broken skin barrier.It does not really help long term, but when it's urgent it's the best thing I've found.

    I also make sure to treat my whole skin, even the areas which are currently unproblematic. It is usually easier to prevent or prolong the times between the outbreaks of eczema than treat it in my experience, so treat all of the skin is quite crucial.

    Depending on the situation I change between vaseline, olive oil, hydrocortisone, Locobase repair, and a very very skin friendly cream and lotion used for eczema patient (labeled Essex here). It's a bit of trial and error to find what works best when.
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  • curlygirlINcurlygirlIN Registered Users Posts: 70
    Thank you so much for all of your help!!
  • JimipeJimipe Registered Users Posts: 276
    Please let us know how you are doing, and don't be afraid of the sun. Sure, sun screen should always be used but when you have a chance, try to get as much sun as (healthy) possible on these areas. Hopefully the sun will calm your skin down a bit. :)
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  • WaveliciousWavelicious Registered Users Posts: 73
    my little sister has it really bad. poor thing is only 10. picture big scabs that itch & a bunch of little tiny scabs that look like pimples that were popped then scabbed & flaky wrinkly skin. I've seen her look like a burn victim before it got so bad. My mom currently has her on Elocon (I think this is the correct name) that was prescribed from the doctor. My mom had tried countless things before this & this is the only thing that's calmed it down so far. I'd recommend talking to a doctor if it's bad, since I've seen my mom try so many different creams & things that didn't work. (side note the corner of my mouth was chapped & it was so annoying & wouldn't heal & my mom put not even a finger dip of the Elocon on it & the pain was gone instantly & it was completely healed the next day so whatever it is it's pretty powerful lol) hope I helped!
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  • SereneCurlsSereneCurls Registered Users Posts: 1,145 Curl Neophyte
    I get it just on my elbows a few times a year. Hydrocortisone cream helps somewhat, as does a drop of argan oil. I hope they help you figure everything out soon, confusing health problems are incredibly frustrating.
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  • curlygirlINcurlygirlIN Registered Users Posts: 70
    I used some almond oil last night all over my legs. I kind of looked and felt like greasy fried chicken but it's WAY less itchy today, so I'm probably going to do that again. I have to be really careful in the sun! A couple weeks ago I got a HUGE sunburn and it aggravated my eczema and gave me a boatload of freckles. Guess I'll be using sunscreen from now on. =)
  • JimipeJimipe Registered Users Posts: 276
    Oh, yes sun screen! With high spf. But even with high spf the sun still does good. Burning only makes it worse, so be careful, but with high sun screen applied liberatly and repeated during longer stays in the sun usually makes it work well.

    I know it feels really weird to apply oil but just like you, it usually does really help. I try to do it before bed time and then put on some pyjamas covering the areas. While oil does not add moisture, it helps keeping the moisture the skin is producing in the skin + it helps the broken skin barrier.

    I'm glad you have found something that works for you. :) And I hope you keep discovering things. :)
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  • claudine191claudine191 Registered Users Posts: 8,221 Curl Connoisseur
    Do you have sensitive skin in general? I'm a redhead, and we're prone to skin irritations like eczema. I've had it off and on since I was a teen.

    Heavy duty, water barrier binding lotions like Eucerin have helped me. I agree that seeing a dermatologist is a good initial approach.

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