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Help !!! Severe eczema problem

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  • Posted By: mammakim
  • February 8, 2010
  • 07:29 PM

My son is 12 and has celiac disease, multiple other food and environmental allergies, asthma, and chronic severe eczema. Since he was 6 mths of age we have used triamcinolone ointment and protopic on his skin. In November, he skin got noticeably worse, it appeared as though he had a chemical burn covering the majority of his face, neck, arms, legs, hands, feet, lower back and lower stomach, Dusky, dark red in color, thick to the tough and extremely sensitive. Because of the eczema also itchy he scratches uncontrolably till he's drawn blood and has open sores everywhere. He saw his pediatrician, and was given an antibiotic for skin infection, which did not help at all. I researched alternative (homeopathic) avenues to help him through this. I took him off the steroidal prescription medications, as I am presuming the steroidal cream is now destroying his skin instead of healing it and is maybe the cause of the 'chemical burn' like condition. I have been covering him with extra virgin coconut oil and wrapping his extremities with self-adhesive bandage wraps to hold the oil closer to his skin for a longer period of time. Since December, this process has helped somewhat, However, I am wondering if there could be an underlying problem as he now only seems to be maintaining and not getting any better. His skin is approximately 30% clear and the new skin that is showing is healthy looking but very dry and of course itchy. In addition to this he complains of being cold (even when the house is 80 degrees, literally). He is lethargic, most days his eyes are swollen, and some areas, like his neck, are raw and appear to be cracked (which looks like little razor cuts) and extremely painful. I have not ruled out another allergy, but my concern is the condition of his skin and some way to help it to heal and bring him a measure of relief, and wondering if there could be another problem. Also, last week I started him on a multivitamin and an herbal Thyroid dietary supplement, just to see if this could be an answer. Any thought/ideas would be helpful. Desperately seeking advice...

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