Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition where the skin becomes swollen, itchy and irritated. There are different types of eczema and the best way to manage it is through a proper consultation with a dermatologist.

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What does eczema look like?

Mild Eczema just looks red, perhaps a little inflamed. Most of the skin is super dry anyway (imagine when it's cold and you get chapped lips. Like that, but everywhere). Then it gets scaly (the skin starts to flake) and it becomes a brighter red.

You might also gets little bumps, like goosebumps. Serious Eczema shows scarlet marks on the skin, physical scratches, major scaling and open/possibly infected wounds. Once it gets to this point, you'll probably end up with scars.

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What contraindications are there for eczema?

I know of the perfect remedy for your situation. It's an organic and natural oil that has been used by the women in Morocco and Israel for years. It's called Argan oil, and it works wonders. It absorbs into the skin very fast, faster than most creams and lotions. It only grows in Morocco for some reason, and it has been used by the Berber women their for centuries. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, rejuvenates the skin, hair, and nails. It is also very beneficial in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, and even acne believe it or not. My mother has been using it for years and she looks radiant. It is the all around most beneficial and rarest organic skin care product in the world. For some reason it has been pretty much unknown until lately. It has been used by models, spas and salon, and people with skin ailments for the last couple years in Europe though. I contacted one website who has certified and deodorized Argan oil (the natural odor is very strong) , and had the most info on all the different application for Argan oil. You can sign up for a discount and future discounts, and they start selling in two weeks.

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What causes itchy water bumps on feet?

staying in the water too long can be a factor

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What over the counter remedies can be used to treat eczema?

Over-the-counter Eczema Treatments
  • Low strength hydrocortisone creams are available from pharmacists in UK. Not sure about other countries. These are okay but recommended for use on face. General non-perfumed plain emollients / moisturizers are useful for the dry / scaly / itchy bits. I find it helps to watch my skin closely & see what's going on... Water blisters under the skin are often the irritated, recent eczema which later becomes scaly / drier as the blisters break the skin & it dries out.
  • Also, if you want to go the cheap route, you can use plain old Crisco shortening. You can buy a huge can for less than one jar of Eucerin. You can also buy the generic version of Eucerin at Wal-Mart for about $4. You should bathe, then slather yourself with the Crisco or cream before drying yourself off for the best effect.
  • Also, consider getting an allergy test. Although having one done is sometimes cumbersome, and even a pain, you can discover what foods, animals, carpets, or even trees cause your Eczema flare-ups. I use to love going for a morning walk in a neighborhood filled with Cherry Blossoms. But, every time I went walking, I would ferociously itch to death. Well, it turns out, the Cherry Blossoms were the source of my pain. I also discovered I had an allergy to whole wheat and tomatoes. If you can?t afford to have an allergy test done, consider keeping a journal. Keep a log of everything you eat, wear, and do on a particular day.
  • One over the counter treatment for eczema that I would recommend is Zenmed's DermCare System. It provides a soothing relief and is specifically designed to heal and restore damaged or problem skin and for treating and preventing outbreaks of eczema or dermatitis.
  • Also, load up on Zinc, B Complex, Fish Oils, and Grape Juice. These supplements will help your dry, itchy skin from the inside out.
Additional tips:
  1. First you want to avoid all irritating products, you want to launder your clothes in dye free, perfume free detergent, double rinsing & avoid fabric softeners.
  2. Second you want to use a perfume free, dye free, lanolin free & oil free soap such as Dove Pure & Gentle or Basis (I highly recommend Basis....Wal-Mart sells it, near the neutrogena products).
  3. Third you want to constantly hydrate your skin, with liberal amounts of lotion (I find Curel to be one of the best for people with Eczema). You always want to apply lotion within 3 minutes of stepping from the shower (before your pores close)and when you dry yourself off just pat yourself dry, leave a little moisture on the skin it helps absorb the lotion.

During a "flare-up" you can try 1% Hydrcortozone Cream, this is safe enough to use on any area of your body (we use it on our 14 month olds cheeks), but you DO NOT want to use it for more than 5-7 days as it makes your skin very thin & then prone to tearing & infections! If that does not work your doctor can prescribe a 2% cream however that cannot be used on the face. During "flare-ups" you may want to switch (or add to your routine) a thicker, creamier lotion such as Cetaphyl or Eucerin (both are quite costly though). Two very helpful products we have found (either available from a dermatologist's office or over the internet) are Robathol, an oil you put in your bathwater when your skin is extremely dry & sensitive (we switched my son's bath from Johnson & Johnson's to Robathol & both my husband & I shower with Robathol) & to follow-up the bath, Vanicream, a lotion you can apply to your entire body (it's nice & thick like Vaseline, which our dermatologist also recommended) but it does not have that icky smell, nor is it greasy & it absorbs into your skin, so you can put clothing on over it rather quickly. We found these on the internet cheaper than the doctor's office.....I googled the names of the products but settled on the national allergy supply company for both of them! Something we have found quite helpful if your Eczema happens to be on your hands or feet is to coat them with a very thick cream or Vaseline & for your hands wear cotton gloves or socks on them while you sleep, for your feet (especially if the heels seem to crack open) give them a nice thick coat of something, your choice, then wrap saran wrap around them, sealing in the cream & all moisture, secure it with some masking tape, then slide a sock over it. It gets a little hot and uncomfortable but after a few nights there is a tremendous difference.

Hope that was helpful. It's pretty much all over-the counter with the exception of the 2% cream, however I personally think a prescription I have is the absolute best to wiping out a flare-up, usually in one treatment, I get a huge jar for my $20.00 co-pay & it lasts me about a year!

The following are additional suggestions from Wiki s contributors:
  • I suffered from eczema so bad on my face that I couldn't leave my house for weeks. Here's what you need to do: 1) Apply coconut oil (pure coconut oil from the grocery store) multiple times a day (it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and very healing for skin); 2) Spray your skin with Avene thermal water at least once/day (get it at drugstore.com); 3) Take Omega 3,6,9 supplements; and 4) Avoid anything with fragrances, chemicals, as described below (I now use Weleda Almond moisturizer); 5) Take exceptional care of your immune system - remove allergens from your home, get plenty of sunshine and vitamin D, get sleep, control stress, eat foods that help your immune functioning. Eczema is a systemic problem that rears its head when your body is not balanced. I hope you feel better soon.
  • This has helped heal my kid's eczema. After years of searching for an antiseptic and anti-itch product for my son's eczema, we found it in the first aid aisle at Walgreen's: Safe4Hours first-aid antiseptic protectant. Because of the layer of protection my son doesn't itch and we have seen a real marked improvement in irritation. I am so excited that he finally has relief from all the itching. It has no fragrance, and not only does it moisturize his skin, the antiseptic kills bacteria for 4 hours so his open skin won't be infected. It may not work on all eczema cases, but it has truly worked for us!
  • You need to stay away from almost all products, they have fragrances, dyes, chemicals, preservatives, and other ingredients that are not only irritating but harmful and damaging to the skin and body.
  • I had suffered for years from problematic skin, I tried basically everything. Nothing worked, I then began extensive research of the skin, how it functions, and how it responds to different ingredients, and what it needs to repair itself.
  • The skin has 7 layers (3 main,4 sub-layers) and what you need is something that can repair your skin from the bottom up.
  • My daughter and her best friend both suffer through bouts of eczema. Recently Trista's mom told me about Hero stick, a product by TruKid. After about 2 weeks of using this, her eczema has decreased both in irritation and inflammation, significantly. Their ingredients include old-school herbs like, Balm of Gilead, Plantain, St John's Wort, and comfrey. (all well known for their healing/anti-inflammatory qualities.)
  • I'm an 18 year old male and I have suffered from eczema my whole life. I have found the best way to treat it is to keep your skin guessing. Change up your ointments and lotions once every two months. I usually switch between 2 different lotions. Gold Bond Medicated Body lotion w/aloe & vitamin E and Eucerin lotion (in the jar so its more thick). For anti flare up medicine I go to the doctor twice a year and get a new one and switch between old ones and new ones I've gotten. Doing this makes it so my skin does not build up a tolerence of any of the products I use. Try it!
  • I'm an 16 year old female and i have suffered with eczema all my life. I have been using E45 cream or foam which helps to moisture skin while gradually getting rid of my eczema. this product works 100%
  • I've had eczema since I was a child and the only thing that has ever worked for me is Aquaphor. It's made by Eucerin and it looks like vaseline, but it provides immediate relief, and you can get it at any pharmacy
  • Stop using strong shampoo/face wash/ etc. Use gentle gylcerin soap or soapnut liquid instead. Go to sleep early and stay as stress free as possible without being escapist. Keep your blood clean by eating food that's easy to digest. Consider some sort of alternative medicine to help your body balance out.
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How do you get rid of eczema?

There is no known cure for Eczema. When you first notice an "itch" WASH the area immediately. Pat dry, and with a product such as Aveeno, or other unperfumed product you should moisturize. When you first notice the initial little itchy bumps, do not scratch them, apply a bit of the Temovate. Keep that area very dry. If it must get wet, as a hand, dry thoroughly immediately with a soft towel. Do not use heat. Keep the area aired and dry.

Use lotions and creams immediately after a bath. This helps moisturize skin by trapping natural oils within the skin's surface, serving as a self-hydrating agent. Furthermore, sufferers of eczema should avoid excessive sweating and overheating. New clothes should be washed in mild soap before wearing. Since stress also serves as a trigger, an individual who suffers from eczema would be well advised to reduce stress. Persons with severe flare-ups should seek the help of a dermatologist.

Topical steroids- such as mometesone. Wash the area less so that it doesn't get as dried out and figure out what causes it- stress, certain lotions, environmental irritants, etc.

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Could a very dry red and itchy rash that seems to be spreading and discoloured on the inside of your leg be eczema?

Yes, it may be. It is often found on the inside creases of skin, there are treatments available after consulting your doctor such as cortisone creams and a great product from the chemist called "Dermerveen". Also, if you have alot of allergies, it could very well be eczema.

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Does horse semen help relieve or cure eczema?

Maybe there should be trials conducted? Unfortunately I've no access to a horse.

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How much is a will pay to the bearer on demand 10 dollar bill?

It would be helpful to know the Country, Date and Condition of the note in question.

If you are talking about a US $10 silver certificate, you might also look for a little "Series" letter next to the date.

With that someone might have an idea what sort of 10 dollar bill you are talking about. Otherwise it is hard to make any sense of your question.

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Is eczema infectious?

No, it is not infectious. It can't be passed around from person to person. However, it is hereditary.

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Is there a cure for eczema?

All those who are struggling with eczema are fully aware of the quality of life aspect of this skin disorder. The eczema symptoms include dryness, redness, itching, flaking, crusting skin patches that are really frustrating. Eczema affects round about 17% of children and 6% of adults in the United States and this number is too much close to 15 million Americans. The skin disorder may get worse with the exposure to different allergens or the irritants. The question that arises in everybody's mind is Can eczema be cured or not? To be very precise, there is no scientifically proven cure for atopic dermatitis/eczema.

If eczema can't be cured, these flare ups can surely be minimized and can also be prevented. Children or the adults outgrow the disease while the others continue to have eczema flareups. Mild to severe eczema can be treated by the usage of different dosage of corticosteroids. There are many treatments that help you to get rid of the symptoms and get a clear, smooth skin without any rough, patchy skin. You need to understand your skin condition, the environmental factors, eating habits, that worsen your condition. Keep in mind that food you are consuming can be a main factor behind your flareups. Various treatments that can help you to ease the condition are discussed below:

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antibacterial and saturating properties that help to eliminate, slow down or prevent the development of bacteria on your body.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar baths are proven to be an effective measure against keeping germs away and low bacteria count on eczema skin. It also helps create a balance PH level on skin, which naturally prevents bacterial growth.

  • Bleach Baths: Bleach baths, although not so natural, are the most effective method of bacterial elimination on eczema skin. There are many studies that prove the effectiveness of bleach baths for severe eczema cases.

  • Probiotics: Probiotics are one supplement that seems to make a noticeable difference with skin health (especially if the problem is diet/gut related).

  • Wet Therapy: Wet Wrap Therapy is one of the best treatments offered to the Eczema sufferers. This treatment include the wet bandages on the eczematic skin of the patients to keep the moisture sealed in the body.

  • Consulting your doctor/dermatologist can perfectly help you to minimize and normalize your conditions as eczema can't be cured but the conditions can be treated.

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Do tanning beds cause eczema?

Actually tanning beds can help lessen the effects of eczema. I work at a tanning salon and I have quite a few customers who come in with doctors notes who have psoriasis or eczema who were sent to go tanning to help lessen the effects.

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What is the difference between eczema and dandruff?

Eczema is a skin condition (in this case on the scalp) in which the cells over produce themselves and start to overlap in flakes and appear to be dandruff. But aside from eczema dandruff if just merely dry skin and is an extremely more mild form of other related conditions.

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How do you get rid of eczema bumps what can you use to get rid of it?

Cortisone creams, usually. Over the counter cortisone creams can be purchased, i.e. 1% max in the U.S. If this does not resolve it in a few days, see your doctor; s/he might prescribe a stronger cream or a different treatment as appropriate.

Be careful not to use cortisone cream in sensitive areas excessively or for too long, as it can cause thinning of the skin.

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You have eczema and you have cats do you have to get rid of your cats to cure your eczema?

Not necessarily. If it's determined you have an allergy to cats and nothing else improves your symptoms however, than it is probably for the best.

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Can comfrey cure eczema?

Comfrey Symphtum officinale is a very powerful healing agent. It is an astringent, expectorant and emollient. Used external comfrey help promote speedy healing of cuts abrasions and broken skin. As a wash over the area it certainly wouldn't hurt, however it is not the first herb reached for in the treatment of eczema.

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Is witch hazel good for eczema?

Yes, Witch Hazel is incredibly good for eczema. I bought a bottle the other day for facial skin toning, and when I read the bottle and saw that it cleansed and toned skin, I thought I'd give it a try on my eczema. The itching subsided almost instantly, and over the last three days my eczema has cleared up excessively. I find that applying it as soon as itching begins stops the itching immediately. Once I found this I looked it up and actually found many sites that say it is useful for eczema. I wish my doctor had reccommended it instead of the many expensive, useless products he did, for it would have saved alot of embarrassment, pain and scarring for many years.

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What medicines can you use for pimples?

Topical drugs used to help acne include topical tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, adapalene, and salicylic acid. Oral antibiotics can also be used. Some of them include tetracycline, erythromycin, minocycline (Minocin), doxycycline, clindamycin (Cleocin), and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra).

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Can eczema spread to other people?

No it can't spread to others, but it can spread to other areas of the body.

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How do you use the witch hazel on your face?

Dab a bit on a cotton swab and gently wipe over your face.

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How is multiple chemical sensitivity treated by doctors?

Some doctors may recommend antihistamines, analgesics, and other medications to combat the symptoms of MCS.

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What do you call it when little tiny pimples grow on you?

Acne, or it could be some sort of rash.

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Does stress cause eczema or other skin conditions?

Stress is a part of life that is unavoidable, no matter what age you are. There is good stress, which motivates you while there is also bad stress that, well, stresses you out and can give rise to a host of health problems. For those suffering with eczema, too much stress can signal a flare-up or even many flare-ups in a row if the stress is long term. Stress is defined as, "A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression."

The good news in all of this is that there are ways to "de-stress" your life and by so doing, see fewer eczema outbreaks. First of, consider your day-to-day life. Are there stressors in your life that don't need to be there? Are there ways that you can remove clutter from your life that won't affect the whole of it? Think of what is most important and do away with the small, petty things that cause you stress and headaches.

Next, have a good laugh. Yes, laugh out loud. Watch a comedy, read a funny book, listen or tell a joke or describe a hilarious moment to a family member or friend. Laughter is not only a good outlet for stress but it also has a number of health benefits. Laughter activates the immune system, it lower blood pressure, and it triggers the release of the body's natural painkillers, endorphins. Laughter also, as previously mentioned, reduces stress hormones, helps reduce pain, allows muscles to relax and is very helpful for the breathing process as frequent bouts of laughter empties air from the lungs.

Find activities to do in your free time that allow you to set aside all of your worries and concerns and cut loose and enjoy yourself! For some people it may be getting together with friends and going to shopping, going to see a movie or browsing at a flea market; for others it might be a game of tennis, squash or an aerobics or yoga class; while still for others it might be an artistic pursuit such as painting, pottery or writing poetry. Even if you just want to relax in an easy chair with a cup of tea and a good book, do it! Finding ways to de-stress your life can help decrease your flare-ups tremendously, not to mention also improving your quality of life.

Keep in mind however that soaking for a long time in the bathtub will only bring more stress to the life of an eczema sufferer. If you find physical activities relaxing make sure to use your common sense. Take breaks, drink water frequently and don't allow yourself to get too sweaty or overheated. By so doing you defeat your purpose and can trigger an eczema attack.

Finally, keep in mind that no matter what you do you cannot completely escape stress so make peace with the stress you have in your life and always keep it in perspective. Someone once said, "Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff." If you can adopt way of thinking then your stress load should be reduced significantly.

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What Will Happen If you squeeze the patches on your skin From Eczema?

Your skin is trying to heal and so squeezing it does not help matters. Moisturizing the spot with lanolin (eucerin, or get a cortisone lotion from the dermatologist) works better to relieve the itching.

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Can you get rid of eczema?

No. You are born with it. It is in your genes. All you can do is try to prevent flare ups by using creams and trying to avoid situations which make it worse. One good cream which works is DOUBLEBASE. Also you should try cutting out certain foods or drink which you may be allergic to. You can control it but it takes a lot of effort. Every one is different. You just need to find out what is aggravating / causing your's to flare up.

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Can you die from chronic eczema?

Not directly... the only way really would be if any cuts got heavily infected and not treated, so just be careful with keeping any cuts clean and treat any infected areas with antibiotics.

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