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Eczema, and I feel like there's no hope for me

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 5, 2008
  • 01:24 AM

Okay, I'm 16 years old, and I've had eczema since about 5th grade. At first, it was just on my neck and forehead, and disappeared about a year after it came.

But now it's back.

And it's the WORST thing that's ever happened, like, EVER. It appeared on my neck again, then suddenly it was on the inside of my elbow, then suddenly it was on the inside of my knees, and now...well now, it's on my upper EYELID, my cheek, behind both of my ears, on my thighs and very close to my vaginal area, on my buttocks, right below my armpit, on my shoulders and my back, and on my nipples. It's starting to appear on my chin, stomach, and on my forehead, and now I'm just a freak. I've TRIED steroid creams, and eating healthy, and not using soaps, and moisturizing with Eucerin and lotion and Shea butter, but nothing really WORKS!

I mean, the steroid cream worked for my neck and breasts, but my mom couldn't afford a large jar and I'm out of the stuff; plus, I stopped putting it on my nipples because I was afraid of having the skin stretch and give something like skin cancer or the like. Now, it's spread for my nipples to almost my entire breast, and even under it, and is moving up my chest. At night, I'll scratch it in my sleep until my nipple bleeds, and then it forms a scale in the area and my nipples are starting to look mutilated.

I think it's on my lips, too, because they are peeling badly and are very cracked no matter HOW much chapstick I put on it.

The steroid cream actually doesn't even work anymore, especially for my nipples; in fact, they just got much worse. The Eucerin helps, but i have to put it on in 10-20 minute intervals, because my skin dries very quickly and it gets bad, and it happens even more so now that I have eczema just about everywhere, and if I put Eucerin on in the morning, i have no time to put in on again during school, and by the time I do, it's already scaled over to a mess and i look like a crocodile, and my breasts itch so badly that I can't THINK!

I've stopped eating junk, but all that's done is clear all of my pimples, but that just left room for eczema, which is starting to appear in bumps on my forehead again, and this is just too much, and I don't know what to do because it's spreading quickly, and the only thing my doctor wants to tell me to do is loose weight, and I'm not even fat!! (although I do have a little in the middle)

I'm up against a wall. What else am I to do?

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  • I have had similar problems, but not on the scale you have. Does this happen mostly in winter? For me this is when I get it, when the air is drier.I have had good results with jojoba oil, and also with vitamin E oil. The jojoba also seems to have an immediate soothing effect too. And because they are both oils they stay on the skin for longer. Try to keep the affected areas treated often enough so the skin loks a little oily.I hope this will help to clear it up. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 11:34 AM
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  • Actually, yes, it does get way worse during the winter times. But the eczema on my breasts actually appeared during Summer. But will it eventually disappear if I continue applying oils?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 08:39 PM
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  • I know exactly how you feel. I have severe dry skin, you can call it a very severe form of Eczema. I have this since I was born. For me, this thing is genetically given. It's been bugging me since forever. I'm 20 years old. I have to apply moisturizing creams or lotions after I shower everyday. And no matter which cream I use, it only goes away for 3-4 hours and comes back! My face is always dry, after i apply cream to it, the dryness comes back in a few hours as well. Sometimes I have a really bad day, when I apply cream to my face, it still remains dry! My nipples are dry as well. I have it everywhere on my body. Just recently, fishscales are starting to develop on my arm. I went to the dermatologist, and he says that there is no cure for me. All I can do is apply lotions for the rest of my life to cover up the ugly side of me. And I'm sick of it, sometimes i just leave my skin the way it is when I am at home. I don't even bother looking after it. Even though it's not a good thing, but for how long do I have to apply lotions again and again for... I just wish I had normal skin just like everyone else.. Sometimes I wonder how it feels to have normal skin. Most likely, I will never be able to experience that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2008
    • 01:50 AM
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  • Hi I really feel for you, I remember reading an artical that is a really good cure for this condition it is a cream used by farmers for the cows udders I dont remeber the name of the cream but it shouldnt be hard to find out about it ,Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2008
    • 10:14 AM
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  • Have your parents take you to a homeopathic doctor; they will help you a lot.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 20, 2008
    • 06:20 PM
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  • I have a few suggestions. First, be sure you are going to a good dermatologist. Don't just go to your primary care doctor. There are a few things to consider. You could be allergic to something you are applying to your skin, like the moisturizer or even the steroid cream. Your dermatologist can figure this out or you could put a little bit of these things on a nickel sized area of the undersurface of your forearm twice a day for 5 days (in an area not currently affected) and see if you get red there. Also, if you have crusting and oozing in any areas, they could be infected, so you would need an oral antibiotic in that case or Bactroban.Also, be sure your showers are not too hot, continue to use a mild soap (like Cetaphil) only where you need it like the underarms, underwear area and feet. A humidifier in your bedroom would be helpful during cold weather months. There are other topical treatments, like Aveeno baths or tar (Cutar) baths, Protopic ointment and possibly stronger steroid ointments or creams which could be helpful. Again, work closely with your dermatologist. Good luck! http://www.vitamina.org Okay, I'm 16 years old, and I've had eczema since about 5th grade. At first, it was just on my neck and forehead, and disappeared about a year after it came. But now it's back. And it's the WORST thing that's ever happened, like, EVER. It appeared on my neck again, then suddenly it was on the inside of my elbow, then suddenly it was on the inside of my knees, and now...well now, it's on my upper EYELID, my cheek, behind both of my ears, on my thighs and very close to my vaginal area, on my buttocks, right below my armpit, on my shoulders and my back, and on my nipples. It's starting to appear on my chin, stomach, and on my forehead, and now I'm just a freak. I've TRIED steroid creams, and eating healthy, and not using soaps, and moisturizing with Eucerin and lotion and Shea butter, but nothing really WORKS! I mean, the steroid cream worked for my neck and breasts, but my mom couldn't afford a large jar and I'm out of the stuff; plus, I stopped putting it on my nipples because I was afraid of having the skin stretch and give something like skin cancer or the like. Now, it's spread for my nipples to almost my entire breast, and even under it, and is moving up my chest. At night, I'll scratch it in my sleep until my nipple bleeds, and then it forms a scale in the area and my nipples are starting to look mutilated. I think it's on my lips, too, because they are peeling badly and are very cracked no matter HOW much chapstick I put on it. The steroid cream actually doesn't even work anymore, especially for my nipples; in fact, they just got much worse. The Eucerin helps, but i have to put it on in 10-20 minute intervals, because my skin dries very quickly and it gets bad, and it happens even more so now that I have eczema just about everywhere, and if I put Eucerin on in the morning, i have no time to put in on again during school, and by the time I do, it's already scaled over to a mess and i look like a crocodile, and my breasts itch so badly that I can't THINK! I've stopped eating junk, but all that's done is clear all of my pimples, but that just left room for eczema, which is starting to appear in bumps on my forehead again, and this is just too much, and I don't know what to do because it's spreading quickly, and the only thing my doctor wants to tell me to do is loose weight, and I'm not even fat!! (although I do have a little in the middle) I'm up against a wall. What else am I to do?
    Brooks123 2 Replies
    • December 21, 2008
    • 10:13 PM
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  • See a dermatologist.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 25, 2008
    • 01:48 PM
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  • Dear Dry Skin and Eczema sufferer. Living in the Mile High, I had a dry skin problem. My hands used to crack and bleed. Though I've never had it to the scale you do. You should make sure that none of the lotions, creams you use have alcohol in them. I sought treatment from my Naturopath. She recommended Primrose Oil supplements and the use of the following creams/lotions: MSM Cream Moisturizer with Vitamin E from Born Again; MSM Lotion from Life-flo and Egyptian Magic which has olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, Royal Jelly. These may not take the itch completely away, but they are certainly soothing. The Primrose Oil supplements are also good for hair and nails. As far as your lips cracking that could be due to not enough water intake and also lack of Vitamin D.
    TallGirl 3 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 05:57 AM
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  • I have had a trying experience with eczema that caused more than 20-30% of my body to open and ooze. It was horrifying. Since my eczema issues started I've learned a lot that I know apply to me, but might be helpful for you. I will say I've had horrible dry skin since I was a kid. But my eczema didn't really kick in until I was like 32 years old. I started eating a boatload of corn chips and drinking a lot of hefeweizen beer (lots of wheat). I stopped eating corn and my eczema went away. Then I tried experiments where I ate corn again. The eczema came back, but I needed to eat like a large popcorn two days in a row. Corn gives me red itchy bumps all over,I also know dairy is a trigger for me. If I drink dairy at least five days in a row, then I get blistered eczema all over. I also know blackberrys and raspberrys are a trigger. I hate a bunch of those in smoothies and then I got blisters all over. The latest one is a rash of eczema that appeared at the back of my neck in two different places. I thought it was related to dairy, as I went back to drinking coffee and was using half and half every day. I've been doing this for about 6 months now. It acually turns out that it's chicken causing the rash (or the stuff they put in chicken as I've had some non organic chicken). I was eating chicken every day. Well, I've gone off chicken and it's been almost 5 days now and my neck eczema is going away. What I'm trying to say is that eating healthy isn't the answer. I honestly believe eczema is triggered by food allergens. Look up the top food allergens and see what you can eliminate: corn, wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, etc are on the list. Take them out of your diet for up to two weeks and see how goes. If you eczema starts to go away, then maybe it's an allergen to food. Also, I had an interesting experience with my dry skin. I recently had to have surgery and I needed to hydrate a lot ... well, I drank a ton of water and a ton of electrolytes and i noticed that my skin was softer, moister and far less dry. And this was in winter when my skin is normally really dry. Anyway, it's food for thought. I don't eat the things I'm allergic to and my skin is brilliantly smooth. Then when I do eat things I'm allergic to, my eczema comes back. hope that helps
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2009
    • 00:06 AM
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  • Are you sure it's not psoriasis?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with thestoob. Something is causing a reaction for the eczema to come back. My nephew has eczema but it went away when we figured out (through a posting) it was caused by food coloring. The doctors never figured it out so going to a dermatologist doesn't always help although they are a good source of info. Once you figure out the source of eczema then you can keep it away most of the time.Something else to note is your body is out of balance. Weather it is vitamins, minerals, water, exercise, or anything. The body is a pretty amazing thing that can regulate itself in very extreme conditions. Finding balance might help your dry skin. A teenager's life is pretty crazy so this might be a big stretch for you.
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  • Okay, I'm 16 years old, and I've had eczema since about 5th grade. At first, it was just on my neck and forehead, and disappeared about a year after it came. But now it's back. HiOne thing to note is that many skin conditions are diagnosed to be Eczema which are not in fact eczema at all. Two most notable ones are Scabies (a tiny mite) and Folliculitis (Infection of the hair follicles) particularly Fungal Folliculitis. I had something similar to what you describe about 40 years ago. I was twice diagnosed as having scabies and treated for it but it only got worse.I was then diagnosed by a skin specialist as having Eczema and prescribed steroid cream. This eased the problem but it didn't cure it.I use it almost every day for 30 years and some parts of my skin were becoming thin and transparent.Eventually I discovered it was caused by a fungus and found that anti fungal cream could cure it. Since this was all over my body I didn't have enough of this cream and it was expensive. So I made up my own cream by mixing Hydrogen Peroxide(6%) with neutral base cream "Silcox base". This worked really well and I managed to clear up my whole body with it.I later discovered that this cream works great for almost all kinds of itching skin conditions as well as ear infections pimples etc. and as an antiseptic on cuts grazes etc.You might want to try this (Just make sure it doesn't get into your eyes)BTW. My skin has since recovered from the effects of the steroid cream and is now perfectly normal.
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  • Hi, sweetie...I really feel for you as my case is not quite as severe but it's chronic and I've had this seborhea ceriosis since I was 16 as well. I agree with the other post here, educate yourself with homepathic/herbal rememdies, starting with "Healthy Healing" by Linda Rector Page,N.D., Ph. D, This is usually sold at "Whole Foods" or Health Food Stores. It's about $30 to $35but totally worth it to you as it covers many of our ailments. For overally itching in the evening try an Aveena Bath, it's an oatmeal bath, and don't make the water too hot. This aggravates the skin. Reasearch proves oatmeal sustains the moisturizing properties, so it's also good to find an organic body lotion with oatment in it. Avoid Aveeno or regular lotions, the parabens and propyl paraben and methyl-paraben are toxic substances and even some "organic" lines sold at the Health FOod stores have this crud in it. Google search about toxic substances in cosmetics, and you will better informed. Read the label...after you do this 10 times, you'll realize what brand's are truly pure and you know to use them again. Castille liquid or bar soap is pure and gentle. Dial soap and other "deodrant soaps" have tricosan in them, which for our skin is overdoing it...I started using my own blend of organic olive, almond oil and emu oil for moisturizing. A little goes a long way. Taking Flax oil, or Fish oil capsules and Vitamin D everyday, is suppose to support our skin. It's true when they say to put on your body lotion as soon as you dry off getting out of the shower...the skin is more receptive to the ingredients. I know you don't have alot of money, but if you at least start with using an organic oatmeal soap and oatmeal lotion/bath, this may bring some relief. Also, if the itching is bad I also use the blue aloe gel that has "lidocane" in it. Make sure it has that in it, that gently numbs the swelling. THere's been times when the only thing that worked for me was cortezone cream(OTC) that aloe gel and oft times a cold pack. Hope this helps, wish all you the best, and blessed relief!
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  • I have to say that I liked the last post; I would definitely try following that advice as well as the following. I have eczema myself, I am a new teenager, and have eczema on my right underarm. I've had it since a year or so ago. I noticed it got worse, and it wasn't really that dry...just rashy and it had irritated bumps. I've been using Cetaphil cream and it has made it better. I just purchased some 100% Pure Cocoa Butter, but I don't think it does the full job either.I would suggest essential oils with healing/soothing and moisturizing properties. Jojoba Oil is known for it's moisturizing and cleansing properties and is good for allergic reactions on skin. Go to wikipedia to get more info. I get my Beauty updates on www.joannesplace.ca in the "Alive Magazine" section. It has very helpful articles about your skin care from head-to-toe if you go to the Beauty part of the index. Some people also say that tea tree oil works, but I have my own opinion on that...I used it for about a week or two and all it did was make it sting and go dry after a few days' use. Be sure to drink lots of CLEAN water. Most water bottle companies claim that their water is clean when it's not. Read the label, don't be fooled! Don't eat a bunch of junk food like potato chips or Coca-Cola. Hope this helps!
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  • This made me tear up a little because I have had similar experiences growing up.. inside my elbow, neck, eyelids, lips... it was very painful physically and emotionally!I have not found the reasons for it, but have changed small habits that have made a difference. In my case, my unprofessional self-diagnosis is a combination of very dry, sensitive skin and food allergies, which I think is mainly dairy.Once I healed, the things that worked for me to prevent flare ups were:-Keeping body and face moisturized with a fragrant free moisturizer. Dry, cracking skin is easily irritated.-Switch to fragrant free detergent! You may have an allergy and if it is rubbing against your skin, this could maybe contribute to the outbreaks where your clothes are closest to your body.-If you wear eye makeup, take a break for a while and slowly play with which brands will not irritate your skin. Be sure it wash all of it off at night!-Maintain good hygiene. Sweat seemed to especially irritate my skin, so I would wash it off as soon as I could.-ALSO, kind of weird but SWIMMING (Yes, in a pool with chlorine) actually always helped my skin outbreaks feel better! Not sure why. If you don't have access to a pool, maybe a bath could have a similiar effect.-As for my dry, irritated lips, I noticed I would get bumps on my lips and they would itch right after putting on chapstick or gloss. Try just plain Vaseline.Good luck honey!
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  • What is the best treatment for Eczema?coz my mom has it...thanks
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  • I am 16 and I have eczema on my elbows neck and face, I have been to the derma so many times but the only thing that has worked for me is clinique. Comfort on call is a moisturizer specifically for reactive skin and skin with eczema, especially in the winter. It worked really well but when I actually got there whole regimin it almost went away completely and it does go away as long as I keep up with it so I deffinitely recomend it. It goes as follows: mild facial soap, 7 day scrub, mild clarifying lotion, dramatically different moisturizer, comfort on call moisturizer, and then all about lips. Its specifically for my dry irritated eczema lips but I use it on my other problem areas too. I sincerely recomend this to anyone who has dry itch flaky reactive or sensative skin! Really hope that I helped because I have struggled with it too and I know it can be embarassingGood luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2009
    • 03:52 AM
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  • From the time I was about 13 til I turned 25 I suffered terribly from eczema. I had it mostly all over my face (which kids picked on me for). I also had it on my scalp, behind my ears, neck arms. It was completely unbearable. The only year I didn't have it at this time was when I became a health nut. I was eating absolutely perfectly, working out, and I lifeguarded. Which I'm sure you know that the sun helps. But when I got back into bad habits, and especially when I had my children it flared up again. I'm now 27 and haven't had a flare up for a couple of years and I'm praying it doesn't come back. It is such a mystery and it's hard to find answers. I had every type of allergy testing done and had allergy shots for the inhalant allergans I was allergic to. That was also around the time that it went away. Anyway, I hope this helps a little. I completely know where you're coming from and hope you find something that works.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2009
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  • Okay, I'm 16 years old, and I've had eczema since about 5th grade. At first, it was just on my neck and forehead, and disappeared about a year after it came. But now it's back. And it's the WORST thing that's ever happened, like, EVER. It appeared on my neck again, then suddenly it was on the inside of my elbow, then suddenly it was on the inside of my knees, and now...well now, it's on my upper EYELID, my cheek, behind both of my ears, on my thighs and very close to my vaginal area, on my buttocks, right below my armpit, on my shoulders and my back, and on my nipples. It's starting to appear on my chin, stomach, and on my forehead, and now I'm just a freak. I've TRIED steroid creams, and eating healthy, and not using soaps, and moisturizing with Eucerin and lotion and Shea butter, but nothing really WORKS! I mean, the steroid cream worked for my neck and breasts, but my mom couldn't afford a large jar and I'm out of the stuff; plus, I stopped putting it on my nipples because I was afraid of having the skin stretch and give something like skin cancer or the like. Now, it's spread for my nipples to almost my entire breast, and even under it, and is moving up my chest. At night, I'll scratch it in my sleep until my nipple bleeds, and then it forms a scale in the area and my nipples are starting to look mutilated. I think it's on my lips, too, because they are peeling badly and are very cracked no matter HOW much chapstick I put on it. The steroid cream actually doesn't even work anymore, especially for my nipples; in fact, they just got much worse. The Eucerin helps, but i have to put it on in 10-20 minute intervals, because my skin dries very quickly and it gets bad, and it happens even more so now that I have eczema just about everywhere, and if I put Eucerin on in the morning, i have no time to put in on again during school, and by the time I do, it's already scaled over to a mess and i look like a crocodile, and my breasts itch so badly that I can't THINK! I've stopped eating junk, but all that's done is clear all of my pimples, but that just left room for eczema, which is starting to appear in bumps on my forehead again, and this is just too much, and I don't know what to do because it's spreading quickly, and the only thing my doctor wants to tell me to do is loose weight, and I'm not even fat!! (although I do have a little in the middle) I'm up against a wall. What else am I to do?I have a similar problem.I've had eczema every since the day I was born.I have it under my armpits,on the folds of my legs and arms,my nexk,on the very back of my thighs,and I believe I've had it on my stomach.I'm 14 and it hasn't really damaged me emotionally until the place comes where I have to wear short sleeves or shorts.The eczema is very apparent and people are looking at me saying "Ew,what is that?" or "Is something wrong with you?".And even though I can't hear them say it,the look on their faces kind of give the impression.Most people who have claimed to have a little itch here or there and claim they have eczema kind of annoy me.They really can't complain because they don't have it as bad as others.But you really do have severe eczema.I've used the Eucirin and it doesn't help me either.I most of the time wash with Dove Exfoiliating Body Wash.And then I put on lotion after it.Don't drink sodas and try to avoid anything with acids.I feel for you and I understand your pain.Physically and mentally,sometimes eczema really can hurt!Especially under the armpits.But you shouldn't feel bad because you have eczema.Many people do have it,some not as bad as others.Hang in there and I hope that I have helped or given some comfort.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2010
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  • Hi,I'm so sorry to hear of your condition. When I was a small child, I always had very red, circular dry patches on my cheeks. As I got a little older, I would have a patch on the back of my leg. My mother said that the doctor had told her that it was exzema and to just moisurize it. When I became a teenager, the back of one of my hands had a large patch (over my knuckles) that would regularly crack and bleed. When I was approximately 23 years old, I had someone tell me to apply pure Vitamin E to the affected area. After a short time of doing this...It cleared up completely!!! ...and to make matters even better...I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN IT BACK AGAIN! (I am now 43 years old.) Oh sure, I still have dry skin--as I have my whole life--but the regular use of Eucerine keeps this under control. To this day, I swear that the Vitamin E cleared whatever condition that I had...If you try it, I certainly hope that it helps you too. :)God Bless!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2010
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