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12 years 3 months ago #22263 by Simkin
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Our 20 year old son has just shown me what looks like eczema to me. His forehead has scaley skin and the skin is thickened. Part of the skin of his scalp is also affected. His hair covers it all so it is not usually visible.

I do know a few people who are eczema sufferers and the cortison creams have done a lot of damage to them.

I'll take him to our GP but it takes a few days to get an appointment there.

Is there anyone out there who's been able to get rid of eczema? If yes - how did you manage to do this?

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12 years 3 months ago #320883 by kate
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Sounds as if it could be psoriasis if the skin is thickened, or it could be eczema...I've had both and nothing shifts them (for me) but prescription creams. The stuff they'll give you for use on the face is only 1%. If it's psoriasis then a coal tar based shampoo may help.

Dry skin causes problems so use lots of moisturiser - but nothing full of perfumes etc.

I had really bad eczema a few years ago and when it didn't improve I had to see a dermatologist....tests found I was allergic to some ingredients in the creams I had to treat my eczema. When that happens you know someone is out to get you [}:)]

Good luck
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12 years 3 months ago #320885 by Isla
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If I wasn't on a very slow dialup connection, I'd have got in there and suggested psoriasis too. It turns up on scalps.

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12 years 3 months ago #320894 by terralee
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My thought was psoriasis too (I have had both) comes and goes and can be stress related ... I had to go to specialist for psoriasis and the cure was worse than the cause[xx(][xx(][xx(] some pretty harsh drugs invovled in clearing it up ...the treatment did work tho' but it still comes and goes from time to time ...I have just learnt to live with it:rolleyes:
Hope it is just plain old eczema as that is much easier to deal with but the thickened skin sounds like psoriasis :(
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12 years 3 months ago #320901 by spoook
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I know someone that has been treating psoriasis with iodine.... successfully too [:0]. Not really suggesting it for the head area [;)], just general info worth a try.

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12 years 3 months ago #320905 by Simkin
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Hmm - where is my reply??

Thanks everyone. I'll have to read up on psoriasis - that would be a new one to our family. We'll see our GP tomorrow morning.

Spook - that sounds very interesting. I'm always for not-so-invasive treatments. The thing is our son wore a beanie for a while and I'm wondering whether it could be an allergic reaction to the materials it was made from (in China, of course).

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12 years 3 months ago #320913 by Simkin
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I've just looked at some pictures - eczema and psoriasis - and it doesn't look like the psoriasis pictures. At least it is not nearly as severe as the cases on the internet. I guess we need a proper diagnosis from our GP tomorrow.

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12 years 3 months ago #320916 by Xartep
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Psoriasis tends to start as small red plaques that itch, and build up a silvery grey scale.
Eczema is more dry and scaly over a large less defined area. Synthetics aggravate this, cotton and wool clothing is best.

It could also be a contact dermatitis, from chemicals in the beanie or his cleaning/personal hygiene products. My DD developed this using the pink commercial soap in the dispenser at playgroup and kindy, nasty stuff.

Check out the soap, laundry liquid and shampoo/conditioner he is using, and change to something softer/more natural. Highly scented products are more likely to cause reactions also.

I have been using Ecostore liquid in the laundry for years now as it is the only one that doesn't flare my psoriasis. I also use a locally made olive oil soap, or the ecostore goatsmilk soap as I have found these react less. A jojoba shampoo will lessen the irritation if it is on his scalp.

Calendula & Rosemeary oils will help to clear it up - it is easy to make these and also easy to blend with beeswax into a coldcream for ease of use. If you would like a recipe PM me.

My experience with prescription creams is that there is a immediate improvement followed shortly thereafter by a rapid relapse especially if the source of the problem is not identified.

If it is diagnosed as Psoriasis I can give you some tips on management, once you have it it won't go away completely, it is just a case of identifying the triggers and lessening their impact...

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12 years 3 months ago #320917 by linda
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Hi Simkin, I make a Coal Tar soap in my range.
Customers have given me great feedback after using it.
I can also make a Coal Tar shampoo if you want. I make it for myself when I get itchy scalp.
PM me if you need to.
cheers Linda

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12 years 3 months ago #320925 by Finn McCool
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Hi Simkin, I highly recommend pawpaw cream. Not sure of the exact name (it's in my daughter's school bag) but it comes in a red tub and tube and you can get it from health stores and I've seen it in most chemists that I've been to. A friend put me on to it when I had my 1st bub as he had eczema. It's also great for nappy rash, insect bites, sunburn, burns etc. I burnt my hand with boiling water, stuck the cream on and it did such a good job by the next day I forgot that I had even burnt myself.

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12 years 3 months ago #320937 by Xartep
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Finn McCool;306579 wrote: Hi Simkin, I highly recommend pawpaw cream. Not sure of the exact name (it's in my daughter's school bag) but it comes in a red tub and tube and you can get it from health stores and I've seen it in most chemists that I've been to. A friend put me on to it when I had my 1st bub as he had eczema. It's also great for nappy rash, insect bites, sunburn, burns etc. I burnt my hand with boiling water, stuck the cream on and it did such a good job by the next day I forgot that I had even burnt myself.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment :D Pawpaw has an enzyme in it that helps with itches and burns.
Another that I found helpful is Nature's Best Papaya & Honey (same enzyme in Papaya)

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12 years 3 months ago #320989 by Organix
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Two suggestions:
Eczema is very often the visible sign of an allergy. Your theory regarding the beanie makes sense in this regard as cheap (Chinese) clothing often contains nasties such as solvent residues and formaldehyde, and considering that it is now summer and sufferer is sweating more than previously..... you join the dots.

The other serious case of eczema that comes to mind is from a coworker who was a steward on an oil rig I was on. Eczema in most sweaty areas (neck, armpits, back of knees), as well as hands and arms which were in constant contact with laundry products.The other contributing factor is that the guy was big on dairy products in his diet (milk shakes, ice cream, butter) which all made the eczema worse, which is a common dietary intolerance response for dairy. Just out of interest is there asthma involved too?

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12 years 3 months ago #320998 by Stikkibeek
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My mother has the winter variety of Psoriasis, and has had it most of her life. She uses T-gel for shampoo and I well remember the smell of Dermoil from when I was a kid. She used to love bathing in the sea in summer as that seemed to speed the departure of the psoriasis for 6 months. Most people seem to have the summer variety, ie worse during hot weather.

Apparently blue berries are supposed to be useful to people who have psoriasis.

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12 years 3 months ago #321000 by Simkin
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Thank you for all these interesting tips.

He had asthma as a kid and he also has a bit of hayfever. We got the asthma under control by giving him a glass of water with a sea salt crystal to dissolve under his tongue several times per day. He now drinks heaps of water and hasn't had an episode for almost 10 years.

He wore the beanie IN (northern) China where it is winter now so no sweating involved. Who knows what it was made of - it was given to him while he was there.

Xartep - I use the Ecostore products as well and if at all possible only use cotton or wool for clothing. I had eczema once, along the outside of my legs where the seam of my jeans touched my skin. As I was able to eliminate the source the treatment with ointments etc helped and I haven't had a recurrence.

I have home made calendula flower cream here - we use it after having a shower between the toes - we haven't had athlete's foot since we do this. I also use it as a hand cream.

And - I had a nasty sore on the side of my nose last summer which didn't heal. As I didn't like the idea of having it treated with liquid nitrogen I used that calendula flower cream two or three times per day. After a month or so it started to heal over. That was almost a year ago and I haven't had any more problems. Good stuff :-)

linda - this sounds interesting but I'll wait for what the GP will say tomorrow morning.

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12 years 3 months ago #321030 by Yo Man
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Gotta keep trying various lotions and potions until ya find the right thing, be it natural, homeopathic, prescribed or whatever. In the end it what works for the inidividual. :D

Just a thing with the natural materials, one that made my eczema flair up as a kid was wool. Re the beanie, perhaps?? Still get irritated now if wool touches my skin directly, especially around neck face.

Also, hair length, if its long around his forehead, perhaps get it cut, so the skin can air better. [;)]

Oh, in case you need my experience of this, eczema / hayfever, food allergies, contact allergies since infant, hydrocortisone shots each week for several years, then variety of antihistamine pills every day until uni until was taken off them due to heart irregularites, asthma from 21, atopic dermatitis from early 20's (ie red and flakey skin all over)secondary skin infections, tried almost every sort of lotion, cream, tar, oil etc, Ultra Voilet B treatment, were gonna get persmission from Ministry of Health to put me on Cyclosporin (the anti transplant rejection drug). Finally, after 40 years, its slowly subsiding after putting a 1% hydrocortisone cream on twice a day head to toe, now only needed on face. Maybe an age thing (the skins given up fighting itself lol) [:0]. Still get eczema in scalp, and split knuckles. Only wash with water and simple soap now. Sensitve detergents only (the ones that that have feelings).

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