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To rip my skin off!

(43 Posts)
chickensaladagain Fri 28-Jun-13 22:18:39

Bloody eczema has flared up this week than it has in years

I've taken piriton, stolen dd's steroid cream and covered myself in her dermol lotion

But I still want to rip my skin off -argh!!

NumTumDeDum Fri 28-Jun-13 22:20:23

Yanbu. Horrible condition. Dd has it but not anywhere near as bad as you.

chickensaladagain Fri 28-Jun-13 22:26:15

It's also apparently affected my ability to type!

Worse than its been in years, hence no cream

My leg is bleeding -sob

Vaseline, it works better than anything for me, I just can't hold a cup or do anything without leaving a greasy streak once I get it rubbed all over my eczema.

Purple2012 Fri 28-Jun-13 22:35:05

I feel your pain. I get it on my legs too. I have a hairbrush I keep by the bed to scratch with in the night.

Fakebook Fri 28-Jun-13 22:35:59

I use aveeno for dry skin, but I've heard it's good for eczema sufferers too.

GW297 Fri 28-Jun-13 22:37:58

YADNBU! I sympathise.

5madthings Fri 28-Jun-13 22:41:31

Yanbu I get eczema and would quite happily sandpaper my skin at times. It is awful.

I can't use Vaseline as I am allergic to it.
Is it dry? Can you think of anything that may have triggered it?

Sometimes lightly slapping/pinching my skin helps relieve the itch without making the skin more sore...

Distraction techniques?

WallaceWindsock Fri 28-Jun-13 22:42:15

I've been to the doctors today for exactly this! In three days its broken out everywhere, hands, arms, legs, feet, chest, face. It's bleeding and looks infected but GP said three days is too quick fr it to be infected. He's sent me away with tonnes of steroid and I'm praying t works as I too want to rip my skin offhmm

heritagewarrior Fri 28-Jun-13 22:42:42

I feel your pain. I do the hairbrush thing too, but also often 'skin' my fingers in the winter rubbing them on the sharp edges of table tops or door frames. Feels orgasmic when you're doing it (huge relief from the itching) but stings like buggery about 20 mins afterwards, and then scabs over and looks really disgusting....

WallaceWindsock Fri 28-Jun-13 22:43:54

I know it's not sensible but the only thing that kills the itching for me is a scalding hot bath followed to a blast of freezing water from shower. Have to moisturise loads afterwards but it stops the itching.

chickensaladagain Fri 28-Jun-13 22:44:24

I'm wondering if its anything to do with the pollen count -is that even possible?

Most of my skin is sandpaper dry but my elbows, behind my knees and my feet are all blistery and weepy sad

5madthings Fri 28-Jun-13 22:48:12

Yep could be pollen, I am affected by that.

I have used a comb to itch with... Not good but argghhhh its awful sad

nokidshere Fri 28-Jun-13 22:49:47

I hear you!

I have a massive flare up psoriasis at the moment - the worst I have had for about 15 years - its itchy, painful and gross!

I covered myself in betnovate last night just to get some fairly quick relief!!!

Yes could be. I did read somewhere that bathing in bet diluted bleach helps ?!

*very not bet

froggies Fri 28-Jun-13 22:51:34

DD's has appeared this week too. You have my sympathy but no new advice.

trikken Fri 28-Jun-13 22:54:42

My psoriasis is playing up too. Its on my scalp so not a lot helps.

iheartshoes Fri 28-Jun-13 22:56:49

Have u tried camomille lotion ? I used to use that. Keep in fridge so it is ice cold when u put it on ... Bliss. Also when I was little my mum used to put these kind of bandages on for me, not sure what they were but were covered in yellows stuff which really soothed and where the bandages were on I couldn't itch. If you google eczema bandages the info comes up (sorry I can't find proper name) . I really feel for y, it's a bugger sad

Helpyourself Fri 28-Jun-13 22:57:32

I'm wondering if its anything to do with the pollen count -is that even possible? yes- from experience. Do not scratch 3 years ago I was on 3 different antihistamines and my arms were so swollen I couldn't bend them. I'm sure the scratching exacerbated it and I started reacting to the antihistamines. Cut your nails very short, wear cotton lose stuff to protect your skin and shower to remove pollen/ general debris constantly as often as you need to.

iheartshoes Fri 28-Jun-13 22:57:42

Calamine lotion sorry not camomille !

DDs is awful too at the moment. We are trying essential oils in her bath (bergamot, blue camomile and rosemary) and calendula cream. The steroid cream and emollient from the doctor were doing nothing and the poor kid had ripped her skin to shreds sad

I Feel for you it must be horrible.

Yddraigoldragon Fri 28-Jun-13 23:05:42

Best thing I found to stop itching and prevent scratching (I get dreadful eczema patches on hands and feet) is haelan tape.

It is expensive, was prescribed by consultant but is amazing stuff. Steroid delivered by the tape to skin, can be left on for 12 hours and soothes while it is on.

Anyone else tried it?

chickensaladagain Fri 28-Jun-13 23:07:37

Ooo I've got some of that -dd gets it on prescription

Not sure I can justify stealing that though

HomelessAngua Fri 28-Jun-13 23:13:00

Shower using porridge oats, put them in s stocking,tie stocking around shower head. Mine is much much worse this year.

Yddraigoldragon Fri 28-Jun-13 23:13:04

I was told it was about 25 quid for a two metre roll! But it is bliss.

I soak the offending bit in warm water with lads of dermol in it, dry gently then apply tape strips where I can then Dermovate for the other bits.
If you have it available then I would steal it!

Oldraver Sat 29-Jun-13 00:35:30

Someone told me to slap the skin but it doesn't seem to work on me. Do you damage the skin with just a little scratching like I do, OP ? When my legs start itching I have found stroking on my Doublebase or Cetraban stops me from damaging the skin too much.

Mine is ok at the moment, usually hayfever takes over when it subsides in the Spring but I've had both for a while now. I sctach in my sleep as well and make scabby bits which I inevetibly scratch at night. I hade got rid of most but still have a couple of scabs

YES YES.. to the oat bath/shower. Let it soak then squeeze the goo out and cover your skin

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Sat 29-Jun-13 06:50:06

As an aside, and this won't really help right now, but a lot of the major high street shops are now selling SLS free products (this is the stuff that makes things foam). I had eczema for years and then a friend suggested I try avoiding it. A lot of people claim there's no link but all I know is my eczema has only been occasional since I avoided it. Shower gel, shampoo...even washing up liquid. Might be worth a try?

In the meantime, I agree with the nail cutting suggestion and sometimes even went to sleep with those manicure gloves on. I quite liked slapping myself too! Hope it clears up soon - it does sound like.it might be realted to a pollen allergy.

Llanbobl Sat 29-Jun-13 07:42:13

I have really thinned out skin on my lower legs where eczema is st at its worst. I find a bath with a Ceridiwens Cauldrom from Lush really helps - lots of oats and cocoa butter and then moisturising with tons of cocoa butter afterwards.

To help when the itching is really bad(I scratch til I bleedblush) I use Germolene - the anaesthetic affect numbs the itch enough until the urge to scratch has passed.

The only thing that is stopping me literally shredding my skin at the moment because its so unbelievably itchy is Eurax cream. Applied liberally. Keep it in the fridge for extra effect.

Niiiiiiice.

Booboostoo Sat 29-Jun-13 08:31:14

Some days I feel like I could use knives to scratch myself! I feel your pain.

Sudocrem can be helpful as can vaseline, but neither is 100% effective for me.

lynne999 Sat 29-Jun-13 09:42:37

I suffer quite badly with psoriasis and I get my dh to apply moisturiser for me when it's really itchy. If I do it myself I tend to scratch it but when he does it it's much more soothing and the itching stops grin

FeckOffCup Sat 29-Jun-13 10:57:20

The itching is awful, I've been keeping my dermol cream in the fridge because it feels so nice when it's cold. I think the pollen count must be bad just now because my eyes feel constantly gritty even after an antihistamine.

WallaceWindsock Sat 29-Jun-13 11:00:09

Someone up thread mentioned steroid cream not working? Go back to the doctor because that sounds like infected eczema. So many people don't realise it can get infected and not do the oozing pussy obvious infected thing. The biggest indicator that it is infected is that a steroid cream doesn't work, so please go back and get it checked again. Don't just suffer on because ABs are needed if it is infected.

boxoftricks Sat 29-Jun-13 11:13:25

Another one for porridge oats. Put two huge handfuls into pop sock and tie. Or cut off the bottom of a leg of tights mid way down. Soak whilst bath water is running. Then use like a sponge. It'll release gooey creamy stuff.

TripleRock Sat 29-Jun-13 11:17:41

Yep, oat baths

I've used Mushroom serum (Origins) on mine pretty successfully. Takes the itch away and helps calm the appearance. It is expensive but when I used steroids it made my skin feel thinner.

ShaggingZumbaStylee Sat 29-Jun-13 11:26:19

Maybe you need some predniselone?

What dose of piriton are you taking? If you go to drs they can advise on a higher dose than on packet. eg 2yr old was told to take 5ml 3x a day when hers was very very bad.

I want to take my lungs out, rinse them in ice cooling water and then put them back in. They are sore and inflammed from being around paint last night.

I will help you rip your skin off if you help me pull me lungs out?

ShaggingZumbaStylee Sat 29-Jun-13 11:29:10

You might also need something like fusibet cream.

Lots of things people are suggesting on here are great for dry skin mild eczema but not for severe flare ups smile

There are other things avaliable as well such as mometasone furoate. So do go back to Dr and ask for somethign differnt.

chickensaladagain Sat 29-Jun-13 14:37:28

Thanks for all the tips guys but I'm allergic to 90% of the stuff on this thread woe is me

I'm going to try and get in the docs this week but in the meantime I shall steal my daughters I'm not the only one that does that right?

5madthings Sat 29-Jun-13 14:43:10

I took am allergic to lots of the stuff mentioned...

What is NOT helping is I am itchy today and have just sat down with ds1... Only he is watching animal planet, and the program is called 'infested' its about teeny tiny bugs that infest houses.... Agghhh

I suffer with eczema too and the doctor prescribed novate ointment, it helps a bit.

OP, have you changed any washing powder/body wash lately?

I found that if I eat too much sugar, it triggers the itching.

dangly131 Sat 29-Jun-13 18:44:22

I have Protopic which is an amazing cream. It is not a steroid but it helps to stop the over reaction of the immune system. My skin was that bad that I was using steroids all the time so this has meant I have not had any topical steroids for at least 3 years now. Which is a good thing as it was my eyes and face affected so not good to use steroids on already thin skin! It has some very odd side effects though.

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