My name is Sierra. I'm so glad there's a group that talks about eczema and exercise! I've recently had the biggest flare up since childhood on my hands and I haven't been able to exercise in over a month. It started with just my right thumb in February but in the last month both my hands have been so swollen as to be completely unusable. I went to Urgent Care and the ER and they both gave me prednisone that helped me gain a decent amount of weight, plus I haven't been able to exercise because of the severity of my hands...it's been a rough month. As of right now there's only very mild swelling and I'm using all Aveeno products since nothing else seems to help, but I'm going to get back in the game in terms of exercise and it's nice to know I can talk to people who know the struggle. Thanks for being here! :]
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...
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.
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