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Eczema The Curse.
22-05-2006, 08:57 PM
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Eczema The Curse.

The ancient Greeks gave Excema its name and meaning. Excema = to boil.

As a child I used to get dry and weepy patches on my elbows and underneath my knees. In the summer my skin would come out in hives with the heat. I would be uncomfortable yet with the treatments given the itch would ease and eventually such rashes disappeared. Approximately 7 years later in my teens the rashes and hives returned and again left after treatment. Around the age of 20/21 my excema had changed course, I no longer came out in hives instead the rash appeared to have developed small hard pimple or blister heads closely resembling chicken pox. The rest of my skin would just appear dry or pinky. I was told my excema was systemic and had become postular. As such I began to take alternative and greater care of medication and trying to ensure that although my skin and my nerves were in agony that it never became infected. The extent of this excema coverage also was what I'd call patchy. However, with care and attention it would disappear.

The excema I have suffered seems to have raised itself every 6 or 7 years, I jokingly call it the seven year itch. The only thing is I wish it was funny, instead it is torture. As whenever, I feel itchy I feel hot and irritable and as if every single nerve end was tingling, it is in fact painful. The worst area you can have it, is on your scalp as it feels like your head is about to take off. Especially after washing it with Polytar or Alphosil. Although, the condition on your head is similar to psoriaisis as everyday your scalp produces 3 or 4 layers of fine skin, trouble is it is itchy and becomes weepy. The oddest thing is the 'boiling effect' is something you can watch appear and then watch it recede sometimes back to normal skin, at others it becomes part of your rash.

Depending on how extensive the excema is and how it responds to treatments one could find themselves in hospital with it in its more severe stages.

I was hospitalised for one whole month between April 2000 and May 2000. My GP's had failed to get control of the excema and I was driven demented by my appearance and lack of sleep. My whole persona was one tortured by this excema skin problem. Which was assessed by a specialist as being stress related and systemic. Curious how allergy related dermatitus was never considered when viewing my skin. My skin in this instance did not clear up immediately it did take 15 to 18 months.

Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my GP as this awful condition has raised itself again gradually over the last three weeks. I have the excema on my head, my chest, my stomach, my arms, and my legs. It is driving me mad.
I am hoping to be prescibed an antibiotic suitable for skin conditions, and rather than steroid based creams a weeks supply of viscopaste Zinc bandages to keep in the fridge for evening wrapings. I have been taking paracetamol to keep my temperature down, and having regular baths with potassium pomangate to ensure bacteria doesn't get into my skin.

If my skin does not improve in 72 hours drastically, I will have no choice but to cancel out the work I have lined up. I am so anxious it is unbelievable.

How the hell can my skin which only a few weeks ago was as soft, scarfree and rash free as a babies bottom, be like this now?

I know I unfairly blamed Mr M for some of this stress, as he was giving me the low down on his family, it is obvious though that it is the thought and horror of my home and all the modifications that it really needs which is also worrying me at present especially when I have so many other things vying for my time. Taking time off work for 6 months is something I have not wanted to consider. But something will obviously have to give.

I am sorry this is my first really personal rant.

Has anyone else had similar experiences to this?

Maureen
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22-05-2006, 09:43 PM
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Northern angel Wrote:Has anyone else had similar experiences to this?

Maureen
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I haven't Maureen, but it sounds horrendous.

and anyway I'm now itching in sympathy (either that or the fleas have started early this year!).

maybe bathing in camomile will help soothe and calm?

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22-05-2006, 10:21 PM
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http://www.skincell.org

Try looking at this website Maureen, they may have some tips for you.

It is a horrible condition which is made far worse by stress. I have just a small area of pustular psorasis to deal with and the irritation is awful.
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22-05-2006, 11:59 PM
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Hello Dolores and Mazwad,

Mad Maureen here again. Camomile has a lovely smell, no use of course to the excema but I do like the smell. Camomile lotion is used to treat hives, sunburn, bee stings and bites. How it worked was first by cooling and soothing the area in question and then by drying it out. This is a product that was given to me for hives as a child and my mother used to get it for midgee bites.It was coloured pink to make it user friendly.

I'm having to keep my two cats at a distance, which gladly is not proving to difficult having been away twice in three weeks they're rather moody now. Poor souls will be even moodier again as I do 4 weekly flea control treatments sometime this week. It's a pity I haven't got fleas, they'd be so much easier to get rid of.

I've never been much into forums and chatlines before accept for SO which I think is fantastic, but I am going to join the one you've mentioned just to see if there are any new over the counter products which might be of use to me. Having said that I won't be asking the chemist this time. As in 2000 one of the reasons my excema became so bad was due to the chemists recommendations. She had said that all the Johnsons baby products were suitable for extremely sensitive skin and that a testament to how good they were was that woman buy them for using on a new born baby. Silly me bought 3 Johnsons products and gave each of them a trial run during which my skin became worse.

As a result one nght I rang the NHS helpline number, in a demented state after no sleep for three days etc for scratching and feeling sore, hot bothered irritable. Fresh recommendations resulted in bathing in porridge oats to no avail, several nights of despair later, emergency dr services and hospital.

Surprise surprise, the specialists told me that mothers should not use any Johnsons products on a baby's sensitive skin as it is escema causing.

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23-05-2006, 06:21 AM
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I get it but only very mild but if i`m not careful it can soon turn to nasty sores. I usually only get it in the winter months and fortunetly the cream I use seems to clear it up very quick. I do sympathise with you Maureen.
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23-05-2006, 08:20 AM
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Northern angel Wrote:Fresh recommendations resulted in bathing in porridge oats

How the hell did they go down the plug hole Huh It sounds revolting.


Luckily it isnt something i suffer with, but i do get asthma which is a linked with excema.

I'm not perfect, but im so close it scares me
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23-05-2006, 10:38 AM
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Well it definitely won't do my image any good at all. At least I am able to have a laugh about it now. For the next week 24/7 I will be wearing the latest of skin fashions. Frankenstiens daughter will be at home in her Ralph Lauren designer swaddling. I have also just rang my bosses and had to delay work completion for a fortnight.

On the subject of works and turning my home upside down and into a bomb site, I have decided to review and reduce the amount that needs doing, hoping that will also reduce the on going worries, I have - about the choices I have made.

I could open a skin department with the suitcase of treatments that I will be collecting from the chemist, but if all goes well; I will know of course when I can no longer fry an egg on my leg. I shall be raring to go. Its a jolly good job, I buy an annual prepayment certificate as the seven items on prescription would simply cost an 'arm and a leg'. Apologies for trying to make light of a despairing issue.

Mr M will be really amused, he might take fright and run off for a week in disbelief. Say I could almost do phantom of the opera in this get up.

Mm. Now that would be a novelty.

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23-05-2006, 10:53 AM
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Bonsai Wrote:How the hell did they go down the plug hole Huh It sounds revolting.


Luckily it isnt something i suffer with, but i do get asthma which is a linked with excema.


Hello Bonsai,

Apparently there is something in porridge which is very good for your skin, mm I have yet to prove it of course.

Although when thinking back to how this recommendation came about it came from a skin specialist practitioner nurse, courtesy of that NHS helpline. In the light of adversity I do occassionally try to be humourous about things, otherwise: I'd cry, scream, or tear my hair out.

I was very sceptical about this advice so only used a couple of spoonfuls, furthermore I watched the bloody stuff swelling beyond belief in the bath water, and engaged in the art of scuba diving to shift it from the plug hole and pipes. The amount of soda crystals to clear my drain was astounding. I have no intention of trying it again.

Although, I have since wondered whether anyone would like to do a baked bean bath or custard one for charity. Still, I'll just have to convince Mr M, to have a potassium pomangate one, as this is guaranteed to raise a stir in his eminent circles. Especially since you are guaranteed an uneven and stripy suntan, if you partake of a soak for too long. After all, no other skin treatment product has this effect. I am blessed.

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24-05-2006, 11:46 PM
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Mo, look here and see if you can get these products over there. They are talking about natural colloidal oatmeal and it's so finely ground it'll go down the tub. I have to soak in it when I get hives, ecxema flares, any irritations. They have creams as well that are AWESOME. I used these products as well when msboy #1 got chicken pox (msboy #2 got the vaccine and has not shown any interest in breaking out with varicella even though he's been exposed before and after vaccination). They may have another brand name instead of Aveeno, but over here Aveeno is the name all the doctors call off if to use for relief in addition to prescriptions or not...:smartie:

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25-05-2006, 01:23 AM
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Hello again msgirl,

The product range looks good. I think there is something to be said for natural products rather topical steroid or oral steroids.In fact there is a whole range of Homeopathic medications based upon natures fruits, which I have read are better in the long run. The problem I have at the moment is I need to see some improvement fairly quickly, so conventional meds may have to be taken to stabilise the condition.

Having a condition like this affects my mood, and I do need to be able to do some work. I am marking exam papers this week and still singing as I still desire to finish the film music project in the first half of the year.Being irritable means my persona is more inclined to hide away as opposed to bracing up to things.

I have been prescribed Flucloxacillin, plus the wet wraps. Unfortunately, the GP I saw was new, and he has also prescribed a product I know I can't use a Steroid based lotion for my scalp. The thing is he seemed so keen to try clearing things up at speed, he won't realise that this product the last time I used attacked my already raging nerve ends and I fainted. I also lost a considerable amount of hair as it burnt my scalp. The chemist was very helpful, when I requested if I was allowed to turn down a product. After all it may be ok for someone else. My New GP also prescribed a product called Derma 2000 as he thought that maybe my body was becoming accustomed to the Epaderm.

This morning, I woke feeling refreshed from a good nights sleep and when I rolled back the swaddling, I could have cried for joy. Overnight the soreness had receded and you can imagine how delighted I have been over this. If this progresses in this way over the course of a week, my bodily excema will be gone. Not so for my scalp though, I wanted to scream and tear my hair out after washing it today that is still agony, the nerve ends very much active 24/7.

I hope msboy skin problem becomes better. It is surprising the number of people who have a mild skin issue and how to recognise oneself to suit any recovery programme.It is time consumng though.

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