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:
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.
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 :)
I’ve already made several posts on dyshidrotic eczema as well as a few home remedies for it.
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 :)
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.
blackpeoplemeethistory asked: I've had eczema since I was a kid and in some places (knuckles, knees, elbows) my skin is really thick. Are there any products or techniques to get rid of the thickened skin?
Hi doughnutsorgtfo. Do you have atopic dermatitis or neurodermatitis? These are the only two types of eczema (that I know of) which cause dry, thick rashes. They look like leather don’t they?
One advice I can give you is to stop scratching your rashes. There are plenty of ways to help get rid of itchy eczema rashes. And you can wear cotton gloves, cotton clothes, and have cotton bed sheets, pillow cases, and towels too. Cotton is a non-irritating fabric that can help you keep from getting itchy.
Now. For the real answer to your question. Try this: take 400 IU of natural (not synthetic) vitamin E daily for at least 8 months. 400 IU only, no more, no less. If you see that your rashes have improved a lot over those 8 months, continue taking it as a daily supplement.
Did you know that vitamin E has been proven to be effective at treating atopic dermatitis? I really think that you do have atopic dermatitis. You can see a background of the study for yourself at one of my posts here on Tumblr —- Vitamin E - A Study Into Its Use As An Eczema Treatment
Hope I was able to help!
Good luck ;)
idontwantthisshitrightnow asked: any idea for sunblocks or sunscreens that are safe? when i was a young teenager i was never allergic but towards my late teens and early twenties i developed the allergy to it.
Hello carjielou, I can’t give you a specific answer for this one. You know why? Because people react differently to different products in the same way that people have varying food allergies. In general though, you can look for sunblocks that are labeled hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic sunblocks are less likely to cause skin irritation. Aside from hypoallergenic sunblocks, also go for ones which contain no fragrances. Fragrances found in skin care products are common causes for eczema.
It will have to be a trial and error on your part, sadly, so you can identify which sunblocks you’re allergic to and which you aren’t. But there’s better chances that you won’t get any rashes if you use hypoallergenic and fragrance-free sunblocks :)
escamoter asked: i have patches on my arms, legs, shoulders and armpits. the patch on my legs is pretty much everywhere. it hasn't gone away all summer, and i've been putting lotion on every day. i don't know what to do and it gets worse every day.
Hi ajouter. The first thing you need to do is identify which type of eczema you have. I can help you with that if you can give me a detailed description of what your rashes look like or you can go online and go over photos of eczema. After identifying which type of eczema you have, you can narrow down the possible causes of your eczema since each eczema type has varying causes. Atopic dermatitis, for example, is usually triggered by food allergies and exposure to allergens. Meanwhile, sebaceous dermatitis is usually stress-related but can also be caused by the proliferation of fungus on the scalp.
If you have trouble identifying which eczema type you have, hit me back another message including a detailed description of your rashes. If possible, also include details like when it started and when your eczema tends to flare up. I’ll be waiting for your response!
fork-y0u asked: I have had eczema since I have been a wee baby. I am now fourteen and still struggle with it, but now I am left with hundreds of scars all over my legs. i really want to be able to wear shorts this summer. Please help me.
Hi hatemethewayido. I can help you but I’d like to get a clear picture of how your eczema rashes look like. Message me again with a detailed description of your eczema rashes and I’ll get back to you. If you get me photos of your eczema rashes here on Tumblr, that would be superb! If ever you do get me photos of your eczema rashes, I promise I won’t post them publicly and I will instead reply to your message privately.
Based on when your eczema started though, I think you have atopic dermatitis. It’s a type of eczema that causes dry, dark, and patchy rashes to appear on several parts of the body - usually the face, neck, and extremities. If this is the case, I suggest you do the following:
- Take 400 IU of natural vitamin E daily, no more, no less. More than 400 IU of vitamin daily can shorten your lifespan and you don’t want that to happen.
- Do this for at least 8 months and if your eczema improves within that period, continue taking it as a regular supplement for the rest of your life.
You can learn more about the study on natural vitamin E supplementation and atopic dermatitis by clicking this - Study Proves Vitamin E Can Be Used For Dermatitis Atopica. The article describes a more understandable version of the actual study which was derived from the March 2002 issue of the International Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 14, pages 146-150.
carloswillshutitdown asked: I'm allergic to peanut butter and I know it's dumb but I still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Well I have been lately because nothing really bad happens except my skin gets a bit itchy. But ever since I've been eating them again my eczema has gotten really bad. Is the food allergy to blame?
Hey carlosneverletgo. Thanks for trusting me with your eczema-related question. Yes. Food allergies is to blame for your eczema. But if you keep eating it, you may grow intolerant to it which in simpler words means you’ll no longer be allergic to peanut butter - yay!
If your rashes seem to be getting worse with each peanut butter sandwich though, I advise that you stop eating peanut butter because your air passages may swell up and cause difficulty in breathing. You may even die because of it (sorry for the bluntness). Last time I accidentally ate shrimp which I’m allergic to by the way, I had difficulty breathing. I had to be rushed to the hospital so they could clear my airway. I was given a diphenhydramine shot because I was at risk of suffocating due to swollen airways.