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My Experience of Eczema
Member Name: rojm
My Experience of Eczema
Date: 31/07/12, updated on 10/03/13 (221 review reads)
I first suffered with eczema at the age of about 16 or 17. I started to suffer from itchy hands that developed into round disc like red dry sore itchy skin.
I went to the doctors and got prescribed numerous creams which were emoillents - they didn't work. The first cream I remember working was locoid lipocream which is a hydrocortisone cream. I was told to use it sparingly as it thins the skin.
It seemed to drag on (I remember buying lace fingerless gloves to wear when I went out so my hands wouldn't be on show) and at 19 I went for skin allergy tests, which involved them testing lots of different things on my back and me not being able to wash my back for a day.
I had to take things like hair spray to test, I did say I didn't think hair spray caused it but I did think it aggrevated the eczema once I had a flare up.
The results were I was allergic to lots of things in cosmetics and as back then they didn't print all the ingredients on things I spent lots of time writing letters to cosmetic companies asking what was in their products, and if they replied maybe avoiding them.
I next had a flare up at about 24 and this time as well as it being on my hands it developed on my shins, it went on for months. The itching, the scratcing and then more itching and never going away. The little blisters being scratched off by myself and the ugly redness. I eventually got rid of it with over the counter hydrocortisone cream.
Most summers I have had at least a little flare up as the sun cream and heat doesn't help.
When I get a flare up on my hands the itching is that bad that although I know I am making it worse with scratching it, the relief that it gives for just that short time means I can't help myself and sometimes use my teeth when it gets really bad as they can scratch it better and bring the extra short relief; because the relief is short, very short. And then my hands are cut and horrible.
My last flare up has lasted months and months it seems to be getting better then flares up again. This has been going on for more than 6 months. As a result the skin on my hands has got really thin and the slightest scratch cuts the skin, so I have tried along side the hydrocortisone vitamin E oil which seemed to moisturise and help for a little bit but then the blisters would appear and the itching begin again. I also tried aqueous but the same thing happened and my hands were still a mess. The moisturising doesn't really stop the itching or scratching especially if its warm because the moisture makes you sweat and then itch.
I didn't see the point in going to the doctors (rightly of wrongly) as I feel the only thing that ever works that they give you is the hydrocortisone which I was wanting to stop using.
I have often researched eczema and joined the eczema society for quite a number of years but my membership has expired many years ago.
Nothing seems to work I do not use bio washing powder, soap and shampoo tends to dry the skin out and prolonged bathing in water don't help but I love my showers.
I have recently read about a lot of creams that are recommended have petrol in them which is very irritating and that aqueous that is recommended doesn't help in the slightest. There seems to be more and more websites selling natural things that they claim will help.
As I said earlier my last flare up has lasted and been particularly bad but last week I bought skin salvation that I had read about (I will do a review quite soon about it). It has all natural ingredients and although my skin didn't look better it has started to feel better and itch less so fingers crossed. I want to use it for 2 weeks before I review it.
Living with eczema is a painful nightmare, I consider myself quite lucky as it is mainly on my hands although lately it has developed on my shoulders and I have some kind of problem with my skin on my arms lately, which I am not sure is eczema.
There is different kinds of eczema but none of them are pleasant even swimming has made mine worse so I sympathise with anyone who has it and empathise with people that have it bad.
Summary: not nice