asker

xomylifeinbabyfootstepsxo-deact asked: Thank you so much for following me. I spent 5 minutes on your blog and I found out what kind of eczema I have, Dyshidrotic Eczema. This has definitely changed my life, thank you so much. I cannot express how thankful I am. I've been searching for years, and I never found an answer, unfortunately. No one could tell me how to reduce my eczema, even doctors. My mom has eczema on her feet, and after reading your blog, I can share the news with her too. Thank you so much.

I’m really glad I was able to help you marcellalaird. I feel really blessed to be able to change lives with my blog, even for just a little :)

Guilty Pleasures: Steroids For Eczema

A lot of people warn about using steroids to deal with eczema. You can read about the so-called “dangers” of steroids in forums and from people who have experienced complications first hand. No matter how many bad things go around about steroids, many still find pleasure in using them. So what is it with steroids that makes them guilty pleasures among people with eczema?

One reason why steroids are our guilty pleasures is that some of them don’t need to come with a doctor’s prescription, like over-the-counter (OTC) ointments and creams. There’s no need to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician, dermatologist, or GP. And there’s no more waiting in line for your name to be called too. You can skip all these and head directly to a nearby drugstore or pharmacy and pick out an OTC steroid of your choice.

Another reason why we can’t live without these excema cures is that they are quite effective in getting rid of eczema rashes. If they don’t work with first use, chances are you don’t have eczema. Steroids are anti-inflammatory drugs which counteract skin inflammation associated with eczema. If they don’t do anything for you, it only means that your rashes aren’t the result of skin inflammation and that you don’t have eczema.

Steroids are also great for controlling a wide range of eczema types. They can also handle mild to severe eczema rashes. Eczema ointments and creams (OTC or prescription) are ideal for mild to severe rashes found on only a few parts of the body. But it’s best to use injectable steroids with severe, widespread eczema since its effects are systemic or throughout the entire body.

The complications of steroids vary with what kind you’re using. By now, you would’ve already known that steroids are either topical applications or injected into the blood stream.

The complications of topical applications include:

1) Drug tolerance (wherein you become resistant to the steroid ingredient)

2) Thinning of the skin

The complications of injected steroids include:

1) Possible infection (because it weakens the immune system)

The complications of topical applications can be avoided. Simply avoid misusing steroid ointments and creams by following the doctor’s orders or the instructions on the box. Usually, they should only be applied two to three times a day for 5 days to a week. If the rashes aren’t completely treated by then (but have improved), discontinue for at least 5 days before continuing to use it for one more week. Repeat this cycle until all rashes are gone.

When planning to use steroid injections as excema cures, you can only use them twice a year with several months of interval. Unfortunately, you’d have to avoid getting an infection since injectable steroids weaken the immune system.

asker

7892hdslakg asked: I have eczema on my eyelids and around my eyes and under my nose. Any tips on that?

Hi anticipatingfitness. It sounds like you have mild eczema. I suggest you use a mild or “weak” steroid for face eczema. Weak steroids are enough to treat face eczema. You can ask the chemist on this one or you can always ask for a prescription from your doctor. When using topical eczema applications that have steroids in them, comply to your doctor’s orders. If you didn’t get them via prescription, use only 2-3 times for an entire week and if all rashes aren’t gone by then, wait for 3-5 days before continuing treatment for another week.

You can also read the following articles to help you with your face eczema:

Preventing Your Rash Of Face From Getting Worse

Face Eczema Skin Care Tips

asker

nailbats asked: Alright, I had a massive itch attack last night. My eczema's all over my face, and I really want to clear it up. What do I do to not scratch it throughout the day?

Hello wearehayalets. If you’re staying at home, try applying any of the following on your itchy face:

1. Camphor - leaves the skin with a cooling sensation that helps soothe itchy face rashes.

2. Calamine - my mum used to apply this on my rashes when I was a kid. I don’t know how it does it but it certainly relieves itchy rashes.

3. Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is also soothing on the skin. If you happen to grow an Aloe Vera plant in your garden, simply snip off a leaf and apply the juice that comes out of it on your face rashes.

If you’re gonna go out though, it’s best that you take a no-drowse  oral antihistamine. Antihistamines can make you very sleepy that’s why you should buy a no-drowse version of it you’re going out for the day. But again, if you’re staying at home and don’t mind sleeping all day, a regular antihistamine like Cetirizine should help you with your itchy face.

asker

yourkissmight-killme asked: So I have eczema all over my hands. But aside from that, on the fingers that I don't have eczema, there are tiny white dots all over my fingers. Do you think that's part of the eczema?

Hi yourkissmight-killme. I haven’t heard of an eczema type that causes white dots to appear on the fingers. Eczema either causes dry and patchy rashes or raised and bumpy ones. If the ones on your fingers are very small, fluid-filled blisters however, it’s possible that it’s eczema. Specifically, dyshidrotic eczema. You can read about dyshidrotic eczema on the following link to see if its symptoms match yours :)

What Is Dyshidrotic Eczema?

I’ve already made several posts on dyshidrotic eczema as well as  a few home remedies for it.

How To Deal With Scalp Eczema At Home

Scalp eczema is a symptom associated with sebaceous dermatitis. It looks like dandruff, but it’s far more complicated than that. Fortunately, you can deal with scalp eczema even from home. If you have scalp psoriasis or just plain old dandruff, you can still use the following home treatments!

Blue Lagoon Minerals

Have you ever heard of the Blue Lagoon? It’s a natural geothermal spa found at Iceland. Blue Lagoon is said to heal psoriasis and other skin conditions like eczema. A clinic was even set up at the Blue Lagoon Resort just to cater to guests with psoriasis and eczema!

However, the chances of heading all the way to Iceland just to go to the Blue Lagoon is probably slim for you. Fortunately, the resort does export Blue Lagoon products which contain minerals from the lagoon itself. You can use one for your scalp while at home and your scalp eczema should be gone with regular use.

Dead Sea Salt

The Dead Sea is another body of water that’s said to treat scalp eczema. Unlike the Blue Lagoon which contains a variety of minerals, the Dead Sea purely relies on its salt to treat eczema. And since it’s just as impossible to visit the Dead Sea as it were with the Blue Lagoon, you can purchase Dead Sea salt.

Once you’ve gotten hold of Dead Sea salt, dilute it in water and use the solution to wash your hair and scalp.

Epsom Salt

A cheaper alternative to Dead Sea Salt is Epsom salt. It can also treat scalp eczema from home. You use it in the same way you would use Dead Sea salt. Simply dilute it in water and use the salt solution to wash your scalp and hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is also a great home treatment for scalp eczema, scalp psoriasis, and even dandruff. But because it’s too acidic, you can dilute it in equal parts of water before using it to wash your scalp. In order to treat scalp eczema with it, remember to leave it on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.

Head & Shoulders

Okay, this is the only product I recommend for scalp eczema, scalp psoriasis, or dandruff. Head & Shoulders treats dandruff. But with scalp eczema or scalp psoriasis, it only relieves itchy scalp.

NOTE: Blue Lagoon Minerals, Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt, and Apple Cider Vinegar are able to treat scalp eczema, scalp psoriasis, and dandruff because they have antiseptic properties which get rid of any fungi proliferating on the scalp. The proliferation of fungi on the scalp has been linked to these three scalp problems. Also, these home treatments have exfoliating properties which means that they can get rid of scalp flaking associated with scalp eczema, scalp psoriasis, and dandruff.

asker

hyp-nos asked: I've had atopic eczema since I was born, but recently I've contracted hand eczema. Do you know of any products I can use, since this "moisturizer" is only further drying my hands.

Helo mal0hi. You’re not using the right moisturizer I guess. That’s why it’s drying up your skin. Why don’t you try Emu oil? You can lather it all over your skin. It’s not greasy, unlike Olive oil and mineral oil which leave the skin greasy. And it contains Omega fatty acids too which are essential in treating eczema. You can read more about it here - Emu Oil And Its Benefits For Eczema.

Also, because you have atopic eczema, I suggest you try taking 400 IU of natural vitamin E daily for 8 months at least. If you noticed a significant improvement in your atopic eczema within those 8 months, then you can continue using it as a supplement. Just remember to take only 400 IU of it daily and to choose natural vitamin E and not the synthetic version :) If you’d like to learn more about this study on vitamin E, please read another one of my posts, Vitamin E - A Study Into Its Use As An Eczema Treatment.

Hope that my suggestions will be able to help you :)

asker

scars-and-fat-deactivated201111 asked: I have bad eczema since I was a baby and all the doctor told me was that it was cause my my extremely sensitive skin. He never said what type it was. I am not common with the different types. I just know that I have to use dove hard soap, soft liquid detergent and no fabric softener, wear mostly cotton and use Betaderm cream on it. Even wearing metals too long gives me eczema so I can not wear belts. It looks kinda like a rash. Do you have any idea from what I have said?

Hello scars-and-fat! Based on when your rashes started, I think you have atopic dermatitis (aka infantile eczema). It’s the most common type of eczema usually beginning sometime during infancy or childhood. Do your rashes look dry, dark, dark, scaly and yet weepy? If they do, then you definitely have atopic dermatitis. You can read more about eczema types here. But if you’re still puzzled with what you have, hit me back with another message detailing what your rashes look like.

:)