Conditions

Eczema

Eczema

Eczema, also referred to as dermatitis, is one of the commonest skin complaints in kids and adults, and it can range from a mild irritation to a chronic affliction. There are several different types of the disease but atopic eczema is the strain most likely to effect children – one in five suffer to some degree. It can develop in babies before they reach their first birthday and though in 65 per cent of cases it has cleared up by 16, for others it remains an issue into adulthood.

Though doctors are still uncertain about the precise cause of atopic eczema, it’s associated with allergies and diet. Children with hay fever and asthma may also be at a higher risk, and the condition can be passed genetically from parents to their kids. Eczema is not contagious, however. The condition takes the form of patches of dry, cracked, flaky and inflamed skin. This can be itchy, and if scratched may bleed and become infected. Any area where the skin is under stress can be affected – joints, the backs of knees and elbows, and the face. Stress and heat can also make the condition worse.

There is no cure for eczema, and if your child suffers you’ll need to visit your GP, but there are lots of things you can do to manage the condition. Scratching makes the discomfort worse, so discourage this and keep your kids’ fingernails cut short. It’s also very important to keep the skin properly hydrated, so avoid conventional soap, which dries the skin out. Your doctor will prescribe emollients – intensive moisturising creams which can be applied all over the body. Mild steroid creams can also be prescribed by your doctor. In some cases certain foods, such as dairy products, exacerbate eczema. You should talk to your doctor and a dietician about keeping a food diary and, if necessary, cutting out certain kinds of foods.

The physical discomfort of eczema can be hard for kids to deal with, but there are psychological issues too, both personal and as a result of teasing. The important thing to remember is that millions of people do live with the condition, that it may get better as your child grows up, and that with the right treatment it isn’t hard to control.

For more information, see:
National Eczema Society and Eczema Voice

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My daughter has recurring conjuntivitus, swollen sore watery eyes. She's been seen in an emergency eye clinic. The said her eyes are healthy, and they think the eye area goes bad due to a type of eczema, because she also has dandruff , and eczema on her ears. She is 9years old and suffers from eczema, allergies, hay fever and mild peanut allergy. Please can you give advise, this has been going on for over a year and we are concerned as parents.





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Sea salt water or table salt mixed with water is like a miracle for eczema. A few years ago i read it online and in that summer i went to brighton beach. I had a little patch of eczema between my lips and nose so i dabbed my finger in the sea and smeared it over the eczema and on the ride back home i noticed the small patch had gone. Whenever i experience a flare up i just mix in some salt and water and use it as a substitue for salt. Not scratching reduces scarring by a mile and making sure that you are well moisturised helps a lot. I like to use aveeno which is heavy and light at the same time. I know eczema can be a real pain, I've tried everything from steroids to oats which have all made it worst.





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Hi my daughter has eczema she's 15 and has not had a bath in 8 months what can I do.





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My daughter was the same. The chemist recommended using Sanex in her bath, it's hypoallergenic and soap free. My daughters eczema was very bad and this allowed her to have a bath with out her skin flaring up. Hope this helps.

Everyday drink olive oil 1to 2 teaspoon this will work.





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She is allergic to eggs mainly but had also got mild fish and pet allergies, we found out through patch testing in the hispital after we requested a referral to a dermatologist





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Hello there, i have finally found the cause of my boys problem and its def dairy related! Ive cut it all out and turned to soya and also organic clothing and i also wash in gels n loquids rather than powders! Hope these are idears u guys can use to help your lil ones! Xxx





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Hi my 5year old son has very bad eczema & we both bath him in oilatum. Keep moisturising him in hydromol. He is wrapped in bandages at night when he's asleep. The gp has ordered special pyjamas for him. He feels very.awkward talking about his feelings & I am worried he is bottling up.please advise if there is anything else we could be doing to help him.





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When I was around six or seven years old,I was so bad with ecma I couldn't close my hands and wore special gloves this was 63 years ago.I remember I had to take rhubarb medicine,it is a Chinese medicine an old remedy but it really helped,anything is worth a try, .I really feel for anyone with these problems,I also had giant ertacaria as well with big welts on my body,anyway hope this could help,Linda

Hiya i would first of all monitor what hes eating! Innalot of cases dairy wheat gluten and even eggs spark a reaction in eczema as i have foind this in my 3 year old after a year of searching! Try maybe a food diary! And maybe steroid cream like betnovate can help x

Hi! My son, 4,5, had severe eczema. I've tried many medicines for him, including steroid creams and the steroid cream as far as i concern only made his eczema wider and wider. Since 2 weeks ago i started giving him black seed oil, dringking and wipe on his head and on his skin where the eczema so bad.At the beginning, his skin head became terribly dry and some areas even bleeding. Then i found out in internet that is was normal as a first reaction (detocsification) of black seed oil. Now his skin head getting a lot better. The detofsification seem "attack" her hand skin, the eczema in there look so bad with all the bubbles in the skin. If you want to try the black seed oil (drink and put on her skin) pls dont be surprise if at the beginning your child skin will look worst because from what i know is only show us that the oil black seed start to work.

My son is 5yrs old and hes eczema is infected. I have been to our local doctor however all i have receive is antibiotics which doesnt seem to help him his eczema has spread to his palm of his hand and bottom of his feet. He doesnt want to go in da shower as it stings him but i know its best to wash him down and apply a new layer of hydromol. I dont want to put his steroid cream as i dont want it getting worse. But now under his arm pit his skin has turned a dark colour leatherly touch and looks really sore. I have placed hydromol on it but i dont know if its helping or making it worse. I feel helpless and it brings me to tears when i see him. He uses cotton gloves vests and long johns which stops him from scratching his skin but i dont no if its working because theres apart of him that drys out quite quickly. I have been told by his doctor that the hydromol will help him with the dry patches. And to keep him creamed as he will be itchy even more then normal. I do have a review on 20th of jan when his antibiotics runs out but im worried just incase i get told there is nothin more she can do apart. Can you help me ?? On advice of what else i can do ?? Or is there any stronger creams to help wit his infected or anything i can do to help him. Hes not in school as he likes to scratch and it seemed to have gotten worse wen he was at school





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My daughter is also 5, her eczema has worsened since starting school full time. Ihave taken her off dairy, gluten and soya, I bathe her in oats and apply almond oil. This has worked better than the heavy steroid creams from the GP. However I am going to a nutritionalist and allergy specialist next week, to find out more.

What do you bath him in? I use epiderm ointment and dermol to stop infection as this sounds exactly like my son! Turns out after my own findings hes lactose intollerant as everytime he has dairy he has the same reaction! Is bath him rather than shower him sonhe can sitnin the bath stuff your using whereas the shower ot washes straight off! Try keeping a food dairy! You have to use the steroid cream it doesnt sting anymore than the cream your using! Its the only thing that will calm it down! Poor lil luv its so awful! Also have you considered organic clothing? Google it for more info xxx

I am 17 and have had eczema since i was a baby, it is horrible to live with and i have been bullied because of it for many years. No creams ever worked for long and it would get so bad that i had to be peeled away from my clothes and bed sheets. I must say that stress does bring eczema out and even now in stressful times my skin flares up and i get in a terrible state. For all parents on here try not to over stress your child, wrapping hurts sometimes and so do some creams so listen to your child and sympathise, keeps stress levels low. Its not life threating but it can induce lasting effects. I have anxiety disorder and depression, doctors say where i was bullied it has continued into my adulthood and made me lose all self confidence. I hope this can help some parents understand





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Hi! hope you are well and happy. My son, 4,5, have severe eczema. It's broken my heart to see him non stop scratching his skin. I've tried a lot of things, creams, oil, etc. I'm agree with you, when he was unhappy or nervous his eczema getting worst. I'm cry when I read your story how you get bullied. I dont want that to happen to anybody, its make me remember about my son. I really hope you the best in your life. Thank you for your share, is make me understand more about inside of my son.

Facial eczema is the worst! Try Made from Earth's Three Berry Face Serum. I used to have it all over my face, and its the only face serum that when i applied it would take away the eczema. . .face saver





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