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Old 04-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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Good products for eczema?

My little girl (almost 3 years old) has an itchy red skin rash inside her elbow. It has come and gone for the last year or so. Lately it seems worse. We've usually been able to calm it down with hydracortizone cream, but it's been more stubborn lately.

Does anyone have any products to recommend? I will talk to her pediatrician at the next appointment, just wanted to see if there's a miracle solution that anyone knows about!
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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I read something awhile back. I went to find it for you, but came across this and not what I originally read. It's interesting. Maybe something worth looking into.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...-business.html


I'll keep looking. If I find the article, I'll post it for you.

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Old 04-14-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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I am not home right now but when I get home I will find the name of my son's cream. It is prescription. He had awful eczema for over a year exactly where you are describing. We tried everything. Finally a new dr gave us this new cream and it went away and stayed away! Whenever I find a patch on him, I use the cream. But inside his elbows has been clear for a long time. He just turned 5.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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My DS12 has eczema- last year he had it so bad- it was on every square inch of his body. It was AWFUL. The derm prescribed Hylatopic Foam, which is a script- but our insurance stopped covering it and it was over $200 out of pocket. Asked the derm for something else, and he said to get CeraVe- over the counter. You can find it at CVS, Walmart, and most other larger retailers. It's pricey, but it works really well!!
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:23 AM   #5
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My daughter uses CeraVe. For really bad breakouts she uses triamcinolone acetonide ointment, which is a prescription. She had a bad breakout last week and it was completely gone in less than 48 hours using the prescription.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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I have flare ups of eczema and my son had a nightmare case of it when he was young. He still has it as an adult, but when he was a toddler I would have to bandage his legs and soak the bandages off in the morning, it was awful. I've had good results with emu oil. You can buy it from any health food store that has beauty products. For some people it's a real miracle.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:36 AM   #7
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Not sure if you can get Oilatum in the US (bath oil, cream and shower gel etc). Aveeno also make good products (can buy in the uk and USA). They are based on oats. Tying some muslin with oats inside and handing over the bath tap is a good natural alternative (just make sure you tie the bundle tightly or you have a bath of porridge/oatmeal!). I add a drop of lavender, tea tree and camomile to my son's bath. Carrot oil is Also very good for eczema as well as jojoba. (lavender tea tree and camomile can also be added to a carrier oil or base cream to make your own ointment)

Have you ruled out all allergies? (milk, wheat, animal fur, wool/lanolin, washing power etc are all common allergies that can cause eczema). I use ecoballs to wash our clothes rather than detergent as it irritates my sons skin (not sure if they are available in the US)

Unfortunately i don't think there is any magic answer, but you learn by trial and error as to what works best of each skin type etc. good luck!
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #8
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My little girl (almost 3 years old) has an itchy red skin rash inside her elbow. It has come and gone for the last year or so. Lately it seems worse. We've usually been able to calm it down with hydracortizone cream, but it's been more stubborn lately.

Does anyone have any products to recommend? I will talk to her pediatrician at the next appointment, just wanted to see if there's a miracle solution that anyone knows about!
I'm not a fan of cortisone creams or ointments. DH died of a rare cancer which may have been due in part to his use of cortisone for his eczema.

DD uses Aveeno cream which works very well. She uses the skin relief cream, but they also have an eczema cream.
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Another vote for Cerave. I bought every OTC cream out there and Cerave is the one that finally cleared up his severe eczema in 3 days. Because his eczema started so young the dr. said no Cortaid. I was offered elidel at one point but didn't want to use due to cancer implications.

Common triggers for eczema can include oranges and strawberries, maybe your dd can keep a food diary.
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My daughter uses CeraVe. For really bad breakouts she uses triamcinolone acetonide ointment, which is a prescription. She had a bad breakout last week and it was completely gone in less than 48 hours using the prescription.
We use the same Rx it works great.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:00 PM   #11
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PS. Get the Cerave cream in a pot, not the lotion in a tube.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #12
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I'm not a fan of cortisone creams or ointments. DH died of a rare cancer which may have been due in part to his use of cortisone for his eczema.

DD uses Aveeno cream which works very well. She uses the skin relief cream, but they also have an eczema cream.
Oh no! I'm so, so sorry to hear about your DH. Thank you for sharing this with me. I will do some research on this before I put any more on her.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #13
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Another vote for Cerave. I bought every OTC cream out there and Cerave is the one that finally cleared up his severe eczema in 3 days. Because his eczema started so young the dr. said no Cortaid. I was offered elidel at one point but didn't want to use due to cancer implications.

Common triggers for eczema can include oranges and strawberries, maybe your dd can keep a food diary.
We do eat a lot of fruit, but her faves are bananas and grapes.

Her keeping a food "diary" would be funny, she's not even 3.

I'm glad to hear that your son's eczema got cleared up so quickly!! Thanks so much for the CeraVe recommendation. I will have to check it out. Is it this product?

http://cerave.com/our-products/moisturizing-cream/
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I'm not a fan of cortisone creams or ointments. DH died of a rare cancer which may have been due in part to his use of cortisone for his eczema.

DD uses Aveeno cream which works very well. She uses the skin relief cream, but they also have an eczema cream.
People, please do not freak out over this post! A rare cancer is just that - RARE! Also, the poster said "may have", as in, no proof, and 'due in part', as in, other underlying conditions.

I use hydrocorticone+, the equate brand from Walmart. It has a ton of moisturizers on top of the steroid cream, and it clears up the red patches in 2-3 days. Then, once that is cleared up, I use either a hemp oil cream or an unscented shea nut butter.

A little sun exposure can go a long way, as well. For me, that is tricky, since I've had melanoma and need to stay out of the sun!
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Have you tried to see what triggers her breakouts? Foods, soaps, lotions and detergents can all trigger breakouts.

My youngest is prone to eczema. Dairy is her trigger. She also is very sensitive to detergents and scented lotions. I use unscented detergent and dryer sheets, no fabric softeners, aveeno bath products, and moisturize her with Aquaphor after baths. We have not had trouble with flareups since we found the triggers.
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