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Eczema driving me batshit

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RoseCuntedGlasses Sun 25-Feb-18 13:55:59

Gahhhhhh please help me, I’m losing my mind.

I’ve got patches of eczema everywhere, but my arm is particularly bad at the moment.

I grease myself up regularly. My GP at various times has given me cetraben, dermalol and some steroid cream which all seem to help in the first five minutes after putting them on, but then I invariably end up scratching myself awake in the night. I’ve tried Aveeno, olive oil, oats in the bath. Nothing lasts.

Last night I woke up to deep gouges all up my arm and it’s been bleeding. It stings like a motherbitch. Every time I bend my elbow it feels like I’m cracking.

Has anyone got any suggestions to stop it stinging and itching? Anything I can quickly get this afternoon before the shops close?

silverrings Sun 25-Feb-18 14:02:19

When mine is like this, I use this cream from Boots It seems to help and means I can sleep through it. I also wear cotton gloves (also from Boots) when I sleep as then my nails can’t dig in properly throughout the night.

Hope you find something to ease it

glitterbiscuits Sun 25-Feb-18 14:04:56

My son uses Liz Earle moisturiser. The original one in a small blue pot. It helps make his skin supple. He still gets flares from time to time but it has helped a lot

forcryinoutloud Sun 25-Feb-18 14:09:40

Sorry I can't add a mention of cream for immediate help, other than aveeno and sudocrem (one or the other). I would suggest though, as you only mentioned GP in your post, what about a specialist? It sounds like you need to be referred to one if you haven't already. My DD suffered for years and GP kept prescribing creams which would help for a bit then we were back to square one. Eventually I asked to see a specialist and she' been tons better with epaderm and elocon creams.

Sorry you are suffering, it is horrible and I have had this and other skin conditions so can totally sympathise. Good luck.

AnnaMagnani Sun 25-Feb-18 14:11:02

Put your ointments in the fridge - at least you get a short bit of cooling to relieve the itch when you put them on.

Make sure you are washing with SLS and soap-free products or you are just making your ezcema worse. Includes shampoo as the suds run down your neck and back if you have ezcema there. You can use Dermol 500 as a soap substitute or Epaderm from your GP on prescription but if you want something a bit more like shower gel look at stuff like e45 shower gel or Earth Friendly Baby there are loads of other options

Cetraben and Dermol are more lotion like. I know it's preference and the greasier ointment stuff is harder to get on with but the greasier ointment stuff is also more long lasting and generally better at being an emollient.

Try asking at a pharmacy for 50:50 paraffin ointment or Epaderm. First is like grease, second like lard shock Apply v v generously and frequently. Both are amazing.

RoseCuntedGlasses Sun 25-Feb-18 14:15:08

Thanks everyone. I’m heading off to Boots armed with this thread. It’s so much worse when the weather is this cold. I’m like a desiccated mummy.

helloBuddy Sun 25-Feb-18 14:22:47


Do you not take an allergy tablet? My daughter has bad eczema and the doctor advised when it's really itchy to take an allergy tablet as it'll stop the itchiness, also make sure your nails are short.

Good luck

MsMims Sun 25-Feb-18 14:24:18

I’m really suffering too at the moment. Epaderm applied at night helps, although can’t bring myself to use it in the day as it’s quite greasy.

BillywigSting Sun 25-Feb-18 14:47:44

Antihistamines can help a lot.

Childs farm shower gel and shampoo is a gift from the gods.

Lush lemony flutter is the best thing ever though. It smells strong but it's only thing I've ever tried that really helps.

If you have a few small patches that are really driving you nuts, a bit of hemmeariod cream can surprisingly be a big help (the ones with lidocaine in them, they numb it a bit but it's only temporary)

JsOtherHalf Sun 25-Feb-18 14:51:54

Dermasilk clothing are worth trying too.

ThatsNotEvenAWord Sun 25-Feb-18 14:52:31

I find eumovate cream over the counter helps knock the bad patches on the head, the baby Aveeno range available from Amazon works better for me than regular Aveeno. Sometimes I find the best thing is a hot shower followed by smothering on moisturiser. Somehow it seems to sink in better.

Do you have your heating on a lot? Stupid question in this weather really. Heating wrecks my skin. At this time of year my skin is painful and flaky, it’s so miserable. Sending lots of sympathy.

sallyisstarstruck Sun 25-Feb-18 15:31:12

I've had eczema since childhood. I have found over the years that several things make a big difference. I use a combination of Liz Earle, Green People, Coco butter and Sanex Zero on my skin which has reducing the chemicals I'm in contact with so less to react to. Being on the pill helped balance the up and down effect of my hormones as my skin was worse before at certain times of the month. If I start getting itchy I take an antihistamine to calm things down. I did a food diary for a while to try to identify if there were any triggers there. I also shower straight after exercise and stay in the shade in summer as sweat makes it worse. I've not had to use steroid creams for a couple of years but when i do it's either Eumovate or Betnovate.

Birdbath99 Sun 25-Feb-18 15:43:15

Steroid cream wrecked my skin. GP gave me E45 Epadermand any other emollient going and they nademe itch and i was given Dermovate which ruined my skin.
Then DS was born and got eczema and prescribed Aveeno and hydrocortisone cream. The bees knees! I started using it and my skin has never been better.

Im not allowed it on prescription 🙄 but DS is and his eczema has gone but i stillorder it on script for him and use it myself.

sparklepops123 Sun 25-Feb-18 16:03:56

I second child's farm can get from boots

sparklepops123 Sun 25-Feb-18 16:05:01

Oh and Eurax I find brilliant to relieve itching- can get Asda etc

RoseCuntedGlasses Sun 25-Feb-18 18:52:08

Ooh thanks for the rest of the replies. Yes I’ve had the heating on a lot and do think it’s contributed. It’s a tightrope between shivering and drying myself out like an old prune. I’ve got a GP appointment next week for something else anyway so will ask about Epiderm.

I got some anti itching cream from boots so I’ve given myself a light basting. I hadn’t thought about taking an antihistamine. I’ll try that. It’s such a weird feeling - I can not scratch it for ages and then I’ll just give it a little scratch and it feels soooooooo good that I keep scratching and then it’s tipped over the edge into bleeding painful scabs. I’m an adult, I should be able to resist!

Walthamum Sun 25-Feb-18 19:22:05

I have just got mine under control (i hope!) with Aveeno baby lotion, then hydrocortisone ointment followed by weleda nappy cream. I’ve also tried to go more natural with my toiletries generally which seems to help somewhat as well. Good luck, hope you find something that works for you!

topcat2014 Sun 25-Feb-18 19:28:58

Just wanted to offer support. The pain is unbearable isn't it. I am on strong drugs (methotrexate) with monthly blood tests but at least my life is kind of normal now

topcat2014 Sun 25-Feb-18 19:31:59

Hydrocortisone cream is what I buy over-the-counter if I am stuck. Moisturizers on their own will not wok.

hennipenni Sun 25-Feb-18 19:40:14

I’ve had eczema all my life, I’ve been on so many creams (steroids) that I know have such horrible thin skin on my hands and feet that could rival a 70 year old (I’m nearly 50). The best thing that I’ve found that works for me is Hemp hand cream and body butter from the body shop. Stings like buggery if skin weeping but sorts it out quickly.

IWouldLikeToKnow Sun 25-Feb-18 19:49:50

I keep my son's under control with La Roche Posay Lipikar AP+ cream. That's the problem with eczema - different solutions for each person. We had tried loads, everyone has their own suggestion but once we tried this, we didn't look back. He still needs occasional steroid cream but for the large part, this keeps it at bay.

Fergusmum Sun 25-Feb-18 19:57:44

Birdbath - could u give correct names of Aveeno and the cortisone cream please.

ohthegoats Sun 25-Feb-18 20:02:01

Also suffering here. Double-base + betnovate for the less bad bits, dermovate for the bad bits and something beginning with an l for the stuff in my crotch, which may or may not also be something bacterial.

Super isn't it... scratch...

Oldraver Sun 25-Feb-18 20:03:24

Piriton or the generic chlorphenamine maleate...(supermarkets do their own) before bed.

It does make me really tired, so take it a good couple of hours before bed.

jamaisjedors Sun 25-Feb-18 20:06:33

Try reading "the eczema solution" - lots of interesting stuff plus strategies about scratching. Also I recently got some cicaplast b5 la Roche Posay cream and I have found it pretty amazing. Good luck, I have had eczema since birth and it's miserable...

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