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Hi, and welcome to the team! Sorry I'm late in my reply, I've been busy.
I usually get it the worst on my hands and arms, as well as my eyelids. Generally, I can manage with just cortisone cream, but this year I've had a bad flare up almost as bad as one I had 9 years ago. I think I know what caused the first one, not 100% sure about this one.
I try to stay away from steroid creams but this time it's the only thing that helps. I usually stick to some stuff that is basically mineral oil mixed with some steroids. It's milder than some of the other prescriptions I have.
I'm pretty sure it's not stress related or diet related. I have tried some natural remedies such as tea tree oil and coconut and almond oils with limited success.
If you don't mind me asking, where on your body are your flare ups located? Just curious because a lot of times the area on your body that your flare ups are can be linked to different causes of the flare up. For instance, mine are on my hands most of the time which is linked to emotional stress. I also get it in my ear canals, and I'm finding that is linked to diet. Also, I've found that steroids cause the eczema to get worse. I try to avoid them at all costs and go with natural remedies. The best thing I have found to help the flare ups and slow them down is ceramide therapy lotion. The cheapest one I have found is by Curell. You can buy it at target, walmart, walgreens, and so on. Also, CeraVe is a good one. The CeraVe is more gently, and it's the one that my daughter usually uses because Curell can sometimes sting on bad flares. Do you see a chiropractor? A lot of times they have good natural remedies that are proven and really do work. Just another avenue of thought to go on...
Hope your flare up is getting a bit better by now...
Hey David, How discouraging! I hope your flare-up subsides quickly.
I started this team after trying to search for advice from others on SP who have eczema. I have had eczema and sensitive skin in varying degrees since I was a child. The only deodorant I have been able to use since my junior year of college is the line of crystal deodorants. My last major flareup was nine years ago. I am working through a flareup again now. The difference between now and nine years ago is that now I like to exercise.
Anyone with eczema has probably noticed that sweat is not a friend of eczema. It has been driving me crazy not being able to run recently. I am seeing a dermatologist who has me on prednisone. As the dose has tapered, my eczema is coming back.
This time around I have been experimenting with alternative treatments ranging from coconut oil, almond oil, tea tree oil to tanning salons.
Please stop in, say hello and share your experiences, ideas, or your frustrations if you need to vent!
Edited by: DAVIDINOHIO at: 3/10/2013 (20:36)