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Eczema... A lighter ointment than hydromol

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Bumpstart Fri 05-Oct-12 23:42:17

. My dd only tolerates ointments. Creams all sting. Hydromol is too greasy. Has anyone got any suggestions of something lighter than hydromol that is not a cream?


Inneedofbrandy Fri 05-Oct-12 23:45:00

My dd uses double based gel between flare ups, is that to much of a cream though?

abigboydidit Sat 06-Oct-12 21:44:21

I would second double base. Looks like a cream but feels more like a gel.

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 21:50:28

Thanks, we have not tried this one yet. Will ask for it next time. thanks

Inneedofbrandy Sat 06-Oct-12 21:53:07

While your asking for that ask for the liquid paraffin bath soak. It's really helped my dd much better then aquarias cream.

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 21:54:31

Liquid paraffin bath soak? I use dermal that the same stuff?

Inneedofbrandy Sat 06-Oct-12 21:59:58

Its called Oilatum junior emollient bath additive light liquid paraffin if you want to google? I used it for myself when I had chemical burns from veet, I imagined I was cleopatra bathing in milk LOL.

Since my DR finally started giving dd the double based gel and bath stuff I haven't had to use the hyrdocrosiant (don't know how to spell it at all) steriod cream at all!

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 22:21:01

That's really helpful. I ave heard of the double base stuff, but never tried it. Tried a zillion other things...epaderm cream. Epaderm ointment, diprobase crea, diprobase ointment, dermal crem, dermal lotion, aveeno, e45, oilatum cream, Shea butter..... Probably more I. Can't remember.

I think dermol bath stuff is the same as oilatum stuff, but with added antiseptic in. I have found the swimming pool to be a great antiseptic bath too!

Thinking on, the other thing I tried recently for tough spots is hydromol intensive, which has got urea in it. It is also not so claggy. Must blitz the lichenised bits with this instead of trimovate now the infection seems to have gone.

Ponders Sat 06-Oct-12 22:24:10

have you tried emulsifying ointment at all, Bumpstart?

I have one child (grown up now) with eczema & he didn't get on with oilatum or E45 or aqueous cream - he can only use steroid ointment, not cream, but emulsifying ointment seems to be ok for him

Reallynotsureaboutthis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:28:11

Be careful with the double base - my DD can't tolerate this on her face as it stings, and it also feels cool/cold on her body.

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 22:31:33

Ponders, have you got a brand name for emulsifying ointment? Or is it a generic?

Not sure.... I guess I will just do a test patch on her arm. She also complains of dermol lotion being too cold, soi will have to watch out for it.

Such a shame, aveeno was great for about 2 weeks and was doing her loads of good, then all of a sudden, it stung..... This was a few years ago, and she's not tolerated a cream since.

Ponders Sat 06-Oct-12 22:34:27

it's just a generic afaik, Bumpstart - you should be able to get it from any chemist, although when we asked in Boots they said they had to order it

another local pharmacy did have it in stock, but recommended DS1 to try something else instead - he's not here this weekend so I can't tell you what it's called, I will do when he gets back smile

Reallynotsureaboutthis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:40:02

Bump don't know if you have tried 50/50 - it's a lighter paraffin type clear cream, quite 'wet' when it goes on. That was quite good for my DD. we just got some samples today of some australian stuff called moogoo - I've been quite impressed after only 1 day using it on my DD's face which is v sensitive. I'll try this for a link They can send free samples to try, if you still struggle with everything suggested, it's just another possibility.

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 22:56:49

Ponders, thank for the suggestion. I will see if I can pop into a chemist in the next day or so to ask.

pinkpaperpiggy Sat 06-Oct-12 23:09:30

I've started using an emollient spray on dd1's eczema.
It's called Emollin and it seems to be working well.

DD is 6 and it is a nightmare trying to keep her moisturised.

LilQueenie Sat 06-Oct-12 23:13:21

all the stuff the specialist gave me is not working. I paid £10 in lush for a tub of dream cream and it works. DD used to scratch her head too. I used lush green shampoo bar and no more itching. I love this stuff.

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 23:15:56

Pink paper piggy..... Emollin? Sounds good. Was it prescribed by gp OR eczema nurse?

Dd is also 6, and it is a struggle to stick to an adequate regime.

Hoping they JUST GROW OUT OF IT SOOOOOOOOOON!!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,,

pinkpaperpiggy Sat 06-Oct-12 23:19:10

It's this one. Not prescribed. I bought it online. We are not in UK so have to pay for everything anyway. I was getting desperate as dd's skin is horribly dry but she has never submitted to a creaming routine. She hates having the cream rubbed in so the Emollin cuts that out. She just stands there on a towel and I give her a quick spray. Very oily bit goes on in a light mist.

freefrommum Sun 07-Oct-12 09:35:20

I don't think there's any such thing as 'too greasy' when it comes to severe eczema. Our dermatologist always says 'the greasier the better'. 50/50 is an ointment not a cream and is extremely greasy (like runny Vaseline) but brilliant for very dry eczema. I personally prefer Hydrous but this is more like a cream so may not be suitable.

Bumpstart Sun 07-Oct-12 14:18:22

The 'too greasy' comment is from my dd. she resists having her hydromol put on her, saying its too greasy and it feels sticky.

What is 50/50? Is that a brand name?

Is hydrous like epaderm or diprobase cream?

Bumpstart Sun 07-Oct-12 14:21:18

Pink piggy..... That is a very interesting link, thank you. I might ask the pharmacist if it is prescribeable in uk.

pinkpaperpiggy Sun 07-Oct-12 14:26:48

Hope you find something that suits.

We have had such a difficult time with dd. She had bad eczema as a baby but at that stage we were able to to keep her moisturised and she seemed to grow out of it at around 3.

However in the last couple of years it has flared up really badly again. She HATES putting on cream and gets so upset rubbing it and trying to get it off that it ends up doing more harm than good.

She has asthma and allergies and is always great at taking her inhalers and other medication but she has a real problem with cream.

We use Hydromol bath stuff and find this really helps but she still gets very dry.

freefrommum Sun 07-Oct-12 16:58:17

50/50 isn't a brand name, it's an emollient that's 50% liquid paraffin and 50% white soft paraffin (so it really is like Vaseline!). We use Dermol 600 in the bath plus Dermol 500 for washing (inc. hand washing), Eumovate when eczema flares up, hydrocortisone 1% when eczema is OK, and Hydrous or 50/50 twice a day every day (more frequently when skin is very bad). When he was a baby we used to have to apply the emollient (eg Hydrous) 5-6 times a day.

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