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Dry skin...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 27, 2008
  • 07:41 PM

Greetings. For the past half a year to a year ive had chronic skin dryness. I'll basically wake up and feel like ****. I get red marks around my eyes (eyelids, corner of the eyes) and severly other places like my neck/forearm joint and hands. I also get a case of exzema in the middle of my arms.

My mom recently purchased a cat which im allergic too. Could this be the problem for the extremely dry skin? I sleep on a 20 year old bed LOL, could this be it? I wear vaseline constantly, should I try something else? Thanks ahead for any help given!

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  • Didn't mom know that you are allergic to cats; yes, both the cats and the nasty old bed could be doing it to do. Who knows, you may even have mold where you live. If not allergies, then hormones or glands. Try something else; Vaseline would not keep the skin moist. Try vitamin E oil, at least, for healing.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • No she didnt know. Im pretty sure its the cat cause I didnt have problems before we got it. It really sucks though, everytime i go out my mouth is extremely dry which makes me nervous in social situations... :(
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok - here is my advice.For the dry skin - you need a thick cream and you need to moisterize heavily - cetaphil or eucerin cream (not lotion) would be my recommendation.Showers need to be fairly short and not hot -- speads up moisture evaperation from the skin Pat dry - don't rub and while you are still a bit damp - put the cream on - everywhere. Check to see what type of detergent you are using and then switch to one without fragrance - tide has a tide free or there are other types. Drink lots of water - helps keep you hydrated.If you cannot switch out the mattress - buy a zippered cover for it - useful for people with allergies. And for the cat: it does sound like you are allergic. If you can't get your mom to get rid of it then start taking allergy medication. I would start with zyrtec/benedryl (I don't recommend claritin, benedryl is most effective but causes sleepiness) and see if it helps; if not, you can f/u with your doctor and see about getting a Rx for a nasal steroid -- add it to the antihistamine and see if that helps.
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  • Thank you very much.
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