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Just wondering if anyone had any tips/knowledge about mild chronic excema. I was diagnosed at least 10 years ago, but haven't actually suffered for ages. I come up in tiny very itchy red bumps on the soles of my feet and the palms of my hands, but only really in hot weather.
I know I can get cortico-steroid cream, but leaving that smeared on my hands isn't very tempting, particularly with two kids. Anyway, I don't think it's very good for you, is it?
Other than wearing light shoes/socks and washing my feet often, should I be using cream? What would help?
Do you peel? What you describe reminds me of something that my mum described having when she lived in Israel. It was apparently caused by some imbalance in the blood, IIRC, that caused the rash and peeling during hot weather. Shall I ask her?
Hmm. I wonder whether the bumps you feel are the sweat glands themselves. If so, then changing your diet would affect the makeup of the perspiration, and maybe prevent the rash. Only thing is, I haven't a clue what you could do with your diet! I'm fairly sure mum was told to avoid tomatoes, chiles, peppers and aubergines. Could you try that - at least it couldn't do any harm.
emollient therapy is the key to treating eczema.
lightest emollients are lotions(ie-simple baby lotion), then creams (ie- aqueous cream) then ointments (ie white petroleum jelly) all pretty cheap from chemist. the dryer the skin the heavier the emollient you should use and all should be applied frequently.(at least four times a day).
the emollient traps fluid in the skin, keeping it hydrated.
morning and evening-you could try using emollient first then half hour later apply steroid cream thinly. then put cotton socks on (not an attractive look with sandals )