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can i get eczema clothing on the nhs?

(7 Posts)
forgetandforgive Sat 18-Jan-14 23:46:31

hi. i just like to know if any one on mn have had some sort of clothing on the nhs for eczema. both my sons have eczema the eldest nearly 10 mainly have eczema on his legs and elbows but recently he also have it on his face. but is not as severe ad his younger bro 8. his one is mainly all over his body and there isn't a nice skin in any part of his body. his hands and knees are the worst. over the past 6 years he doc have prescribed tonnes of steroids which i use but doesn't seem to help anymore. moisturising and steroids use doesn't stop the itch. he would scratch himself to sleep and or i would hold his hands and scratch for him. I did some research on the web and i like to know if anyone know about dermasilk. it meant to be very helpful for people with skin conditions especially night time scratching. which is a nightmare for all of us. i took my son to the doctors but she have not heard of it. i think that my be the only solution because he scratch till he bleeds.

lougle Sat 18-Jan-14 23:49:05

The dermasilk site seems to think you can. I doubt many GPs would fancy prescribing it at £90 for a pair of pyjamas, though hmm

roadwalker Sat 18-Jan-14 23:50:33

my friend wet wrapped her ds and it worked well, have a google

MegMogAndOwl Sun 19-Jan-14 08:00:12

My ds wears comfifast top and leggings at night. He was prescribed it last year by the practise nurse. I also brought the gloves online but I can't remember which website I got them from.

We tried a dermasilk hood thing as his ezcema was bad on his neck and forehead but it didn't stay on very well so that was a waste of £27! The material on the dermasilk was lovely to feel but I prefer the comfifast as we smother him in emollient and it stops it coming off on his pjs. You can't do that with dermasilk as the emollient needs to have sunk into the skin before you put it on. smile

greencybermummy Sun 19-Jan-14 08:51:53

I would second the comfifast garments or bandaging with special paste. They really helped my DD. sounds like you would benefit from the advice of a specialist nurse, ask your GP if there is any where you can be referred for more advice. With the right regime your 8 yr old could maybe be managed better, it takes trial and error but support from specialist clinic can provide this.

forgetandforgive Sun 19-Jan-14 22:02:54

thank you everyone for their input and advice. greatly appreciated. i think i will ask my gp for a comfifast garments. i think he would like that, anything to prevent him from scratching himself till it bleeds. After six years of sleepless nights i have found support on MN even doctors couldn't provide. They have prescribed tonnes of steroids over the past six years, and his body is getting immune to it. so wet wraps and sleeping garments i will have to try. there seems light at the end of the tunnel.

EspereHealth Tue 11-Feb-14 14:42:06

Hiya smile,

Dermasilk is available on prescription and you can speak to your GP about it. To avoid any confusion - Dermasilk is very different to comfifast if you would like any information then do feel free contact us for advice on how to use Dermasilk - we would love to help you.


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