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Posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 05:04:37:

Are there any topical creams that I can use other than cortizone creams for my eczema? Moisturisers dont help me. They tend to aggravate the condition.

Its been very warm out here in the land down under and I can feel my itchies :) starting to flare on my arms.

Does anyone know why my eczema only flares up in the hot weather? It is a dry heat. But it only seems to happen in the folds of my skin. Such as the folds of my arms, between my thighs, the backs of my legs(folds again). If it was allergies, it would persist year round, but then again I only get hayfever in the spring time but thats because the pollen count is much higher.

Once the weather cools down, the eczema miraculously disappears and rapidly. But even swimming in the ocean, flares my eczema, when really the oceanwater should heal it.



Oregon Grape

Posted by Martha on January 09, 2003 at 08:48:44:

In Reply to: Eczema posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 05:04:37:

Hi, Miss,

Funny you should ask. My friend's son has severe eczema and I just recently found out about this treatment.

One teaspoon of Oregon Grape (Mahonia Aquifolium) tincture (1:5) taken orally 3 times per day AND then applying Oregon Grape cream helps some people quite a bit... or so it says in one of the issues of Prevention magazine. It takes up to 3 months to see improvement, and if it works, you continue to do this for 2 years.

This treatment works for psoriasis, too. The tinture alone supposedly helps blepharitis (SP?).

Oregon Grape is safe, effective and was used in the 1800s -- eventually marketed by Parke, Davis & Co.

Walt and others will probably have an even better way of dealing with this. I'll be interested in their opinions, too.

Good luck!

Martha



Re: Eczema

Posted by
Cheezi on January 09, 2003 at 10:45:24:

In Reply to: Eczema posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 05:04:37:

Initially, I used topical Benadryl on one of my daycare children for Eczema. It's the only thing that did any good until we were able to get his immune system strengthened enough to get rid of the rash. Excessive exposure to the cold will sometimes give him hives on exposed areas, but the Eczema is gone. He's also got asthma, so I'm assuming that what I've read about Eczema is true. People who have it usually also have allergies, hay fever, etc.



Re: Eczema

Posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 19:34:19:

In Reply to: Re: Eczema posted by Cheezi on January 09, 2003 at 10:45:24:

Thanks Cheezi.

This morning its gone. The little bubbles of skin that were starting to blister, have vanished. Plus sleeping last night I was much cooler.

I use to have eczema pretty bad when I was in my teens. As I have matured :), it seems to have abated 95%. I thought a few years back that I was cured. Now I only get tingling and itching on the areas with slight bubbling that is hardly visible, whereas before, it use to get so bad that the crusty areas would start to weep. The doc way back then would prescribe Diprosone. I use to lather it on like it was moisturizer instead of paying attention to the directions to apply thinly. YOu know the silly mentality of more is better. Good thing for me my eczema isnt on my face as I would have been lathering it on there too. :)

I know being off dairy products, SUGAR and mucuous producing foods has helped a lot too.

I remember one dermatologist telling me that if I could live in air conditioned surrounddings 24/7, I probably wouldnt have a problem with my eczema. But how practical is that?! I cant go around and live my life in a bubble of airconditioned air now , can I?! ;)

*~ BLISS ~*

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Re: Oregon Grape

Posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 19:38:52:

In Reply to: Oregon Grape posted by Martha on January 09, 2003 at 08:48:44:

Thanks Martha.

I am beginning to doubt if I will ever be able to cure this condition. Maybe keep it under control is the best I can hope for.

It certainly has diminshed considerably and improved 95% to what it was. But a cure would be great!

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Re: Eczema

Posted by Paul on January 10, 2003 at 02:27:42:

In Reply to: Eczema posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 05:04:37:

Try florasone, a homeopathic treatment.

Paul

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Re: Oregon Grape

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 10, 2003 at 07:17:14:

In Reply to: Oregon Grape posted by Martha on January 09, 2003 at 08:48:44:

Thanks, Martha.

These remedies definitely work for some people but not for others. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who tries them.

Walt

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Re: Eczema (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 10, 2003 at 07:22:45:

In Reply to: Eczema posted by Miss Bliss on January 09, 2003 at 05:04:37:

Hi, Miss.

Obviously you have a genetic predisposition to this kind of problem which you have passed on to your children. That means you (and so will they) have to be more diligent than most people to recognize the causes and deal with them.

EXACTLY, what have you done so far to deal with these causes?

In spite of what you have said, there is no doubt that allergy is a part of your condition.

So long as you are dealing with the causes, cortisone cream is still the best I know to temporarily treat it--unless you can find a homeopathic that helps (internally &/or externally).

Walt



Re: Eczema (Archive.) EXACTLY what I AM doing For Walt

Posted by Miss Bliss on January 10, 2003 at 08:15:17:

In Reply to: Re: Eczema (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on January 10, 2003 at 07:22:45:

Well, Walt, first I need to clear something up with you.

I am not sure where you got the idea that I have children, but I dont, so I have yet to pass it onto any future offspring. :)

I am on the anti candida/whole foods diet. I havent tested for any possible allergies yet. But I dont understand why, if it was allergy based, the eczema should only flare in very hot weather, but in winter, there is no sign of it. (I will look into the archives)

ON my diet, I have no sugar, no dairy, no wheat, just reintroduced red meat, no fruit.

I have started back into regular practise of Sr in the form of Centerpointe. One hour per day. Its only been a week though that I have been consistent rather than the sporadic SR sessions. I was only meditating about once a week or so. Not good enough to make a real difference. But now that My tailbone is healing I am more comfortable and can sit somewhat comfortably if I sit in the lotus position with nothing touching my tailbone.

I am not exercising regularly yet. I can walk but not run otherwise I will experience pain. I try to take my dog for a walk invariably he tries to turn it into a run, and thats the end of that! :) Cant run yet, but give me two more weeks of healing and I will be. I do practise my dancing, but its not enough to count as its not everyday. Normally I practise for 30mins to an hour.

When my eczema flares, I tend to wait till the next day till it settles down. Its just the itching that I cant stand and need some cream to soothe the itchiness. Its almost a painful itching, if that makes sense.

So thats EXACTLY what I am doing.

*~ BLISS ~*



Re: Eczema (Archive.) EXACTLY what I AM doing For Walt

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 11, 2003 at 08:51:34:

In Reply to: Re: Eczema (Archive.) EXACTLY what I AM doing For Walt posted by Miss Bliss on January 10, 2003 at 08:15:17:

Sorry, Miss and thanks.

I must have gotten you mixed up with someone else's post.

ALL chronic conditions have many causes which, when added up, finally overwhelm the bodymind's ability to accomodate. The hot weather is just one factor.

Your 1 hour Centerpoint would do you more good practiced 20 minutes twice a day than 1 hour once a day.

You may have to deal with C-RS somewhere along this path.

To identify & eliminate at least most of your allergens you will have to see a clinical ecologist. You will not have to eliminate them forever, just 6 months after your LGS &/or C-RS is gone.

Sound like your present exercise is sufficient to magnify your other efforts.

Hope this helps and sorry for the confusion.

Walt


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