My DS has eczema. We have been using creams for years-recently hydrocortisone and Hope’s relief. Never see any improvement. We saw a consultant recently who gave us eumovate and white paraffin spray. But when we use it he itches like mad. I mean really itchy! And his skin looks angry when it’s first on. To be fair he gets itchy with most creams. He hates really greasy creams. I don’t know what to do. I just want a regular cream I can slap on morning and night and that blooming works!
My ds had similar reaction to dermal 500, he’s now on cetraben which is amazing for ds it’s not too greasy. We had been using hydromol which I thought was as good as we’d get but he was still itching. Now he’s not itching at all.
We’ve been using dream cream from lush for about two years with dd She has fairly mild excema - arms legs bum It’s the only thing we have found that works. Top up with hydrocortisone if she has any really red bits and she always has shower not bath.
The dream cream is about £15 a pot I think but lasts ages. Her skin was always rough before we started using it and now it’s lovely and smooth
DD had a nasty couple of years with eczema and the really thick greasy ointments just made it worse. Cetraben is so much lighter so was so much better. We did need Betnovate to get the worst flare ups down but then could wean off with 0.5% hydrocortisone. She's 8 now and still use Cetraben after baths/showers but her skin is mostly ok. We use ZeroAQS for washing. She does occasionally use other stuff but try to keep to that.
Thank you for replies. So when you all put the creams on, they don’t make the itching worse? DS literally can’t stop scratching when we put cream on. I’m going to get some Cetraben tomorrow, see how that goes. He is allergic to nuts and someone said Eumovate has coconut, don’t know if that’s an issue. Just wish I could hit on what works for him. When you get something that works do you notice a change quite quickly? May I also ask what you all use for washing, for body and clothes? Thanks so much.
You shouldn't be using both together so you should be able to tell. Ah. You are going to test my spelling now! Methylisothiazolinone. Phew. It was used as a preservative in paint without issue. Now it's in lots of liquids. Shampoos and shower gels and liquid hand wash and liquid detergent. I'm rampantly allergic to it and apparently so are lots of other people.
I avoided anything perfumed for DD so laundry I use Simply Pure washing tablets you can get them in Sainsburys (They are in a pale pink bag not the deceiving blue bag which says sensitive but contains perfume). Failing that Surcare is good too. I found Cetraben took a few days to be ok but we really needed the steroid cream to I initially bring down the itching. Maybe try an antihistamine at bedtime for a few days to calm the itch.
With the cetraben we noticed a difference straight away - in a good way. With the dermal 500 we noticed a difference straight away in a bad way but I continued using it for a few days as I thought it would get better. Are you seeing a dermatologist or just gp? We’ve just been referred and the nurses advice was so much better than Drs. Everyone is individual and what works for some doesn’t for others. We tried dream cream, Childs farm all sorts of others that I’d seen worked miracles for others but not for us but think you just need to work through them unfortunately. We had our first dermatologist appt three weeks ago and our treatment plan is: cetraben morning, lunchtime, teatime and half an hour after bath. We’ve got something to put in the bath but I can’t remember what. We then use betnavate (sp?) straight after the bath, apparently it is best used then. We also put it all over his body and a lot more than we’d been using previously - apparently it takes a couple of days for steroids to work on the surface but takes 4 weeks to test below the skin which my gp hadn’t told me as they’d said to stop using it when the eczema disappears. I wouldn’t necessarily advise you do this without medical consultation but the difference for us has been amazing. We have another appt next week where we’ll discuss longer term treatment. Hope you get there soon x
Yes. Creams really really burn if you have eczema. It hurts like hell. Use ointment if you MUST use steroids. Otherwise get a nice oil, doesn't have to be expensive, (coconut, almond, olive) and use that. Wash with sebamed soap. That simple procedure has resolved over 40 years of very SEVERE eczema for me. Give it a bash.
Our GPs referred us to the children's nurse led eczema clinic as he admitted they were more up to date on treatments. They had lots of creams to try in the clinic and prescribed some of them to try. However, one of the nurses clearly hated cats and suggested we got rid of our cat. Cat wasn't the issue at all as DD had more flare ups out of the home.