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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 26, 2007
  • 01:39 AM

I'm 28 and have had diagnosed eczema (and asthma) my whole life. For the last couple of years my eczema has been almost unbearable. It covers anywhere from my ankles to my thighs and inside my elbows.My symtons are dry, painful+ very itchy skin. If it gets wet or sweaty it feels like i'm on fire. i rarely sleep well and even then i wake up scratching. I get heat rashes and night sweats.
Topical steroids used to work but they are too painful to apply now, the same with e45, sudocream,aqueous etc- everything the doctor has prescribed. the only thing that helps is aloe vera-straight from the plant.
Given all this could it be something other than eczema?

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  • It could be. Is it possible that you have allergic contact dermatitis or irritant dermatitis? I would look it up. I personally have eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, asthma, and am allergic to peanuts, buts, fish, shellfish, cats, dogs, tree pollen, grass pollen, ragweed, mold, and dust mites. Another thing, are you allergic to dust mites? Anyway going back to the rashes, I would go see your dermatologist and ask for something to stop the itching a burngin. I used to take this pill before I went to bed that would help me sleep through the whole night without scratching. I would also keep using the topical steriods even though they hurt, becaue they help prevent further flareups. Trust me on that note. One final thing if aloe vera helps you feel better, try applying an ice pack where it itches and burns instead of itching it. Cold calms the irritated nerve endings on the skin. Also, try taking an oatmeal bath, it can really help you skin feel better and less itchy. Good Luck!
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  • Thanks a lot for your reply-it's given me something else to try, especially foodwise. I've already worked out that there's something in cola type drinks that will make it worse.
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