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Used anything that has helped severe eczema?

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mummy2oneboy Tue 25-Jun-13 15:09:58

My DS developed eczema at about 8 weeks. It started as just small patches which gradually spread over his entire body. He is now 7 months old and after months of waiting to be referred to the hospital we have now finally seen the dermatology nurse specialist for what it was worth! We have tried E45, Aveeno, Diprobase, Epaderm, Dermol 500, Oilatum Cream, Doublebase, 100% unrefined shea butter, Lush dream cream, Vasaline, the list goes on you name it we have tried it. None of these used so far seem to have made any difference. The only thing which seems to make the eczema disappear is Betnovate cream but as this is a potent steroid we have been advised to only use it for 5 days at a time, dropping down onto Betnovate RD for a further 5 days and in theory then reduce the steroid strength again to hydrocortisone, but his skin is never good enough to be able to do this.
We were advised to put him on a dairy free diet and from 5 months (was BF until then) we have given him Nutramigen milk formula on prescription but again this has made no improvement.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation and been referred to an allergy specialist or found anything that works for severe eczema? I am considering going private as I hate to see my little boy in so much distress.

theyoniwayisnorthwards Sun 06-Oct-13 22:04:50

Hi OP, I remember recommending Dr. Atherton to you and I'm so delighted you went for it and have seen improvement! He gave me the same advice as you've had about care and the same steroid and it changed our lives within days. Worth every penny.

mummy2oneboy Mon 07-Oct-13 18:17:15

I would have sacrificed many things to pay to see Dr Atherton knowing what I know now and the difference seeing him as made. Thank you.

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