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aibu hand eczema?!

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Elephant17 Sat 12-Jan-19 20:49:01

It’s driving me insane 😭 steroid cream works a bit but only the very strong stuff and I’m wary of using it as I’ve already used it longer than you’re supposed to. Ive not used it in ages now because I’m worried about the long term repercussions...

Please!! Does anyone know of any natural remedy or anything that soothes the flare ups other than steroid creams??? 😞😞😞

Iamthestorm Sat 12-Jan-19 20:54:19

Ouch, I really feel for you as it's agony, I found child's farm moisturiser really great at soothing and repairing mine. hope it gets better soon.

Thewifipasswordis Sat 12-Jan-19 20:56:10

Get a dermatology appointment and get scrapings. It might not be eczema. It could be autoimmune or fungal or anything.

thismumismad Sat 12-Jan-19 20:56:23

What product do you wash with?

Oldraver Sat 12-Jan-19 21:01:45

I'm suffering at the moment and it is horrible.

Try and wash your hands as little as possible. I got a big box of disposable gloves and use these say when going to the loo etc.

If I get any cracks on the skin I've found blister plasters will help the cuts.

I have had O'keefes hand cream recommended as it is supposed to be good for cracks hands but haven't got round to trying it

Acrasia Sat 12-Jan-19 21:02:39

Any chance you might be anemic? I was prescribed some strong iron supplements a few years ago when I was anemic and my hand eczema disappeared almost overnight. I had been suffering with it for almost a decade. I hope you find something to banish it forever too.

shopaholic85 Sat 12-Jan-19 21:02:46

I feel your pain! I've had hand eczema for over 10 years and been on and off steroid creams. Or rather ointments as I find they work better for me.

My flare ups can be stress related but also caused by what I'm using on my hands like soap. Waitrose sensitive anti bac handwash doesn't irritate my hands so that's what we buy. I like the Khiels hand salve but it is ££. I also find it helps to wash my hand with cold water rather than hot, and to keep nails short to limit damage caused by scratching.

It's important to use steroid creams as often as directed and until it clears up. Stopping too soon can be counter productive as you want to get it under control before switching to an emollient.

I hope you find a remedy that works for you. Everyone with eczema is different so there is a bit of trial and error.

Shesellsseashellsontheseashore Sat 12-Jan-19 21:08:06

Aveeno cream. The one with the blue lid/ pump. I just sit at night and regularly slather my hands in it.

mamagrinandbearit Sat 12-Jan-19 21:09:37

Really feel your pain!

I've had this since my DS was born and find radox hand wash really aggravates it, along with other things.

I smother my hands with Vaseline all the trough the day and wear gloves when I wash up now and it's slightly better, as in doesn't crack and bleed but still painful!

AG1x Sat 12-Jan-19 21:10:05

I suffer with bad eczema on my hands which is stress related but I’m also a midwife so have to wash my hands a lot. Two moisturisers which have really helped are Lush helping hands and Liz Earle hand repair. I also used to take anti histamines to help with the itching

PinkOboe Sat 12-Jan-19 21:11:00

Liquid soap = work of devil

MiaFarrowsWheelbarrow Sat 12-Jan-19 21:12:27

I'm using Adex gel and it's working wonders, alongside 1% hydrocortisone cream morning and night. I used Adex once an hour to begin with but now only 3 times a day. Will post photos in a moment as I'm so happy it's working for me! smile

MyCatHasStaff Sat 12-Jan-19 21:13:00

I'm using Udderly Smooth available from Amazon, and Nutraplus from chemists. I've tried pretty much everything, but these work for me. Everyone's different, it's a case of finding what works for you.

JudgeRindersMinder Sat 12-Jan-19 21:15:06

Body Shop Hemp hand cream works miracles with my hand eczema

JudgeRindersMinder Sat 12-Jan-19 21:15:39

I meant to say, it was actually my GP who recommended it

MiaFarrowsWheelbarrow Sat 12-Jan-19 21:15:51

Before (approx 4 weeks ago) and now.

CatToddlerUprising Sat 12-Jan-19 21:16:15

Child farm handcream- it is amazing!

keepingbees Sat 12-Jan-19 21:16:33

Hand dermatitis sufferer here. Wear gloves for everything, especially stay away from things like washing up liquid and cleaning products.
Foaming agents can be aggravating so try and minimise anything that lathers.
I can't use most hand creams but I'm ok with the original Aveeno. I can't use aqueous cream it really stings me. Dermovate is quite good. I'm also ok with coconut oil as a hand moisturiser.
It's trial and error really. You could always mix some mild hydrocortisone with a moisturiser that works for you to give it more power without putting strong steroid creams on neat.

PineappleTart Sat 12-Jan-19 21:17:08

This is good but pricey

When mine gets really bad I soak my hands in hot water then immediately use lots of cream then put cotton gloves on overnight.

I second PP saying to not use liquid soap, dermol lotion is great though

Ljlsmum Sat 12-Jan-19 21:17:21

I’m struggling with one patch on my hand that won’t heal and it’s been months now. Work of warning the O’Keefe’s stings open sores.
I want to try this next.

keepingbees Sat 12-Jan-19 21:18:59

Child Farm stings my hands, I think because it's quite perfumed, but I've seen other people rave about it. A hairdresser recommended me Flexitol hand cream too but that didn't agree either

Tryingtoslim Sat 12-Jan-19 21:20:11

Hi I’ve made an account especially for this thread so I hope I’m posting correctly

I suffer enormously with hand eczema it flares up daily and really does affect me. I also get pomphylax, could this be what you have?

The only thing that has worked for me out of everything including what’s been prescibed is aveeno skin relief. I ally it very thickly every night and it clears my skin up for the morning. Although with my skins it then regulates up the next day that may not be the case for you so I would say it would definitely be worth a try

HelloKittyHannah Sat 12-Jan-19 21:21:21

I am prone to extremely dry, cracked hands due to overwashing. It started around the time my eldest son was born (anxious new mum, obsessively washing my hands and the obsession has never gone away). I now actually have to wash my hands all the time at work too (food handler) so my poor skin never gets a rest.
Most liquid soap makes my skin really sore, I find that Dove bar soap doesn't so much. O'Keefe's working hands cream is honestly brilliant. It stings a lot when you apply it but if you apply it at night, most of the cracks are healed by morning. I also like the Aveeno cream in a biscuit coloured tube and green lid for daytime use. It's not sticky or greasy, which is good for me as otherwise I'd be washing it straight off again because my hands feel dirty lol.

Tryingtoslim Sat 12-Jan-19 21:21:23

Reflares not regulates!

Veterinari Sat 12-Jan-19 21:25:10

It’s quite possibly an allergy to methylisothiazolinone - the second commonest contact allergen in the UK

It’s in a range of liquid soaps, detergents etc.
I use solid bar soap and check ingredients in shampoo etc

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