August 2011 Moms

I can't get it under control...

Every time I turn around he's broken out again.  This eczema is kicking his ass...  I just called to make an in-person appt with the allergist for him.  We've already eliminated everything except meats, fruits and vegetables.  It makes no difference.  Anyone had any experience with head to foot eczema?  

The only portion of his body that doesn't seem to be affected by eczema is his diaper region.  I think that's because it's constantly covered.  This leads me to believe it's an environmental thing.  Which then makes me scared to death that it's cats.  Eff me!?  Can you imagine having to re-home 9 cats...  FML.  I know it could very well be something else, but I'm already trying to prepare myself for the worst.

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This is just the top of his foot, but it's like this across his whole body.  It's rough, dry, itchy plaques in large patches everywhere. 

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  • I'm sorry - I'm sure you've tried everything under the sun already, so I'm just gonna cross my fingers it miraculously goes away on its own soon
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  • Oh no, poor guy. I really hope it's not your cats. I hope you find answers soon.

    What kind of soap, lotion and detergent are you using?
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  • Im sorry :(. Dd has it but only in her diaper area!  Which is appearantly rare.  I treat with hydrocortisone but might have to switch to a stronger steroid :( 
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  • Dd's arms and wrists have it pretty bad. Ds has it severe. It's not always food related. Ds's is asthma related. We leave them damp after showers and bath and use aquaphor. It seems to help.
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  • poor little guy, did the dr suggest an allergy test? my friend had to do that for her daughter to get answers and once they did the test they knew what to eliminate and change and it got better immediately. good luck! in the meantime try an oatmeal bath.
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  • I use Tide Free & Clear.

    We wash with California Babies sensitive no fragrance.

    We can't even use Aquafor because it causes him to burn and squirm uncomfortably on his open plaques.

    We have hydrocortisone cream from the dermatologist.

     

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    I use Tide Free & Clear.

    We wash with California Babies sensitive no fragrance.

    We can't even use Aquafor because it causes him to burn and squirm uncomfortably on his open plaques.

    We have hydrocortisone cream from the dermatologist.

     

    CHANGE THE SOAP, seriously! Use only dove white bar soap, bathe every other day lukewarm water and pat dry, keep up the hydrocortisone, and at least twice a day use CeraVe cream (in the tub not pump).

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  • Poor guy! I hope you can come up with something that works and FAST!

    I had (and sometimes still have) eczema as a child on my hands and all that worked for me was a very strong steroid cream.

    Ugh. Eczema is so yucky. 

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    image JaysonandKristin:

    I use Tide Free & Clear.

    We wash with California Babies sensitive no fragrance.

    We can't even use Aquafor because it causes him to burn and squirm uncomfortably on his open plaques.

    We have hydrocortisone cream from the dermatologist.

     

    CHANGE THE SOAP, seriously! Use only dove white bar soap, bathe every other day lukewarm water and pat dry, keep up the hydrocortisone, and at least twice a day use CeraVe cream (in the tub not pump).

    BTDT...  Dove, castile, just water no soap...  

    CeraVe burns his skin.  

    I refuse to use hydrocortisone daily.  There's another product I'm looking into and want to discuss with the MD Protopix or Protopic... something like that.  It's non-steroidal, but at the same time I still want to talk about it with the doc first.

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  • Awwww I am sorry JK. Our nephew has the same issue.

    I hope it gets better,

    Also I have All Free and Clear coupons if you want to try that.

    Big Hugs

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  • Have you tried exederm products?

    I had terrible, terrible eczema growing up but mostly outgrew it. Mine is not associated with an allergy. We had cats too ;. I hope it gets better. I feel for the poor little guy
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    image JaysonandKristin:

    I use Tide Free & Clear.

    We wash with California Babies sensitive no fragrance.

    We can't even use Aquafor because it causes him to burn and squirm uncomfortably on his open plaques.

    We have hydrocortisone cream from the dermatologist.

     

    CHANGE THE SOAP, seriously! Use only dove white bar soap, bathe every other day lukewarm water and pat dry, keep up the hydrocortisone, and at least twice a day use CeraVe cream (in the tub not pump).



    Yes, and we only wash our stinkies. Everyone in my family has it. Seriously, DH, myself and the kids.

    Or you can bathe him using oil and no soap, or an oatmeal bath.

    The fact that he doesn't get it where his diaper is really makes me wonder. Could it be the water? Do you have hard water? What about getting the water tested? do you put cream or lotion on him under his diaper? You CD right? Do you wash the diapers in something different than the clothes?
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    image JaysonandKristin:

    I use Tide Free & Clear.

    We wash with California Babies sensitive no fragrance.

    We can't even use Aquafor because it causes him to burn and squirm uncomfortably on his open plaques.

    We have hydrocortisone cream from the dermatologist.

     

    CHANGE THE SOAP, seriously! Use only dove white bar soap, bathe every other day lukewarm water and pat dry, keep up the hydrocortisone, and at least twice a day use CeraVe cream (in the tub not pump).

    Yes, and we only wash our stinkies. Everyone in my family has it. Seriously, DH, myself and the kids. Or you can bathe him using oil and no soap, or an oatmeal bath. The fact that he doesn't get it where his diaper is really makes me wonder. Could it be the water? Do you have hard water? What about getting the water tested? do you put cream or lotion on him under his diaper? You CD right? Do you wash the diapers in something different than the clothes?

    It's not the water.  He sits in the bath his torso doesn't, and it's everywhere but his butt, genitals and face.  No creams under the CDs.  CDs are washed in the same detergent as clothes, only less of the detergent is used.  

    I'm telling you...  I'm effing EXHAUSTED with this freakin' situation.  Going to the allergist is waving the white flag as far as I'm concerned.  I cannot do this on my own anymore.  We don't have a history of food allergies (except Hank's dairy allergy), but O had an egg and dairy allergy.  We don't have a family history of asthma.  We don't have a family history of eczema.  Seriously. I.AM.STUMPED.   

    The only lotion I can use is Vaseline petroleum jelly because everything makes it worse.  I was thinking the vaseline was working as a barrier to keep the allergens off of his skin.  I has to be environmental.  It gets better the MORE baths we take, it should be the other way around.   

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  • It gets better the more baths he takes??? It's a mystery to me. I wish I could help you, but I think you're right, the only answer is that it's environmental.

    I'm sorry you're going through this. I really hope it's not your pets.
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  • Yowza!  I hope you get answers and that it's not cats.  Could it be seasonal?  I know your seasons aren't as drastic as some... but your house might be more closed up and leading to a collection of dander or something this time of year.  My family is very eczema-prone and my brother used to be covered head-to-toe in the winter, but much better all other seasons.  He outgrew that.  For a time, he had prescription lotion.  Eucerin mixed with something (not hydrocortisone)... sorry, not helpful.  Aquaphilic and A&D ointment are the only things that don't bug DS when his flares- though his is never anywhere near that bad.  

    Hopefully you find a cause and a remedy!  Poor guy!

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  • I am really sorry you guys are dealing with this :( I am crossing my fingers that it is not the cats.
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  • There's a cream that Arbonne makes that clears that up really, really well. No chemicals in it, just botanically based.
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  • Dont worry O, G has it too, her trunk feels like alligator skin some days. 

    G says, "I will scratch your back if you scratch mine?" 

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