Hi I have asthma since I was little? But I need help with my eczema ?

Hi I have had asthma from being a little girl but I had eczema as a baby and then it cleared up and the bout two years ago I had been diagnosed with acute eczema on my face which ty prescribed me epaderm 3 in 1, and today the doctor diagnosed with eczema which at first he though was a yeast infection which was two weeks ago but he diagnosed me with eczema and he said it is slightly infected so he gave me some darkacort cream for the infection and some double base cream For the moisturizing of it as it is on my front of arms at bend of the elbow, my neck, stomach, back of arms and legs, and thighs but he didn't say whether it will never go away or whether it will go away has anyone got any advice for me . 

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  • I have quite a bit of experience with eczema. The dr didn't say if it would go away because he doesn't know. Eczema is a chronic illness which can disappear for long periods to come back in later life. A bit like asthma and the ups and downs we can have with that in our life time. 

    Moisturizing  is one of the most important things that you can do but you should use it on your whole body no just the irritated skin once a day. It acts as a barrier to stop irritants getting into your skin making it itchy and inflamed. I'm not saying it's easy but try not to scratch and hop over that daily shower for one every other day. Use a bath oil or a very mild soap and shampoo. Apply a moisturizing cream within 5 mins of getting out the shower to lock in the moisture. 

    What instructions did the dr give you with the daktakort cream? 

  • Apply on the infected parts

  • I've had eczema all my life as part of the classic triumpverate along with asthma & hayfever. I often used to say if I could lose any one of them it would be eczema as when it's bad it can be truly horrendous.

    There is no magic bullet to clear it but as Katt-37 says it can come & go through life. Try putiing aqueous cream, Nivea or someting that helps you  couple of times a day (I found aqueous cream helped as long as I only did it morning & evening). Also if you aren't already, avoid soaps & gels if you can, especially perfumed. A good baby bath or oilatum will help as an alternative.

  • I had a very similar early history to you, eczema as a baby which then vanished.  Fifty plus years on It re emerged a couple of years ago - on my face in the area adjacent to my nose (and boy, did it itch).  I did manage to work out what was causing it.  I have to use dust masks for some aspects of housework; because dust mites are a known trigger for my asthma, this has to be done every week.  Add to that the fact that I am menopausal (so hot flushes are a real problem), it's not surprising that the dust masks (regardless of type) cause a lot of sweat on my face which seems to be triggering the eczema.  I tried sudacrem, aqueous cream etc - nothing worked.  Visit to the GP (saw a locum) resulted in hydrocortisone 1% m/m cream (which wasn't particularly effective either).  In the end I applied a bit of logic: the  sweat seemed to be the problem, so if I doused my face with cold water the moment I removed the mask maybe that would help.  So I filled a basin with cold water, plunged my face into it and then patted it dry very lightly.  And it worked!!  What's more, if I forget to do this (and it has happened) then the eczema comes back.

  • Like all of these conditions, there is an allergy operating somewhere, so if you feel the need, try anti-histamines. It won't cure it, but it might make it a lot less itchy.  Moisturising like mad is the only way, really. Emulsifying ointment suits me, but not all patients like it.  You can get it on prescription.

  • Studies have found that both children and adults with eczema are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D.  I don't know if that would be an issue in your case.  Having said that increasing your levels is unlikely to actually improve the outbreak.

    To alleviate the itching steep two or three teaspoons of chamomile tea (or a couple of teabags, I guess) in boiled water for fifteen minutes. Using  a cotton swab or lint, dab the tea all over the affected areas for ten minutes. Apply as often as required.  (You can use apple cider vinegar too but that has a slightly stronger smell that not everyone can cope with 😉)

    On the subject of smells, the rich buttery smell aside (unless you have access to 100x washed ghee), plain ordinary grass fed ghee is particularly good for eczema as it has superb anti-inflammatory properties.  Gently rub the ghee into the rash and surrounding skin so that it absorbs as much as it can take. Together with the dryness, the itching and burning will vanish almost instantly. By rubbing the ghee onto your skin as often as you can your skin will become clean and wholesome again.  Coconut oil works well too but doesn't absorb quite as well, particularly on skin not used to its application.  It also tends to make the damaged skin a little flaky.  When the flakes rub off, the skin underneath is beautifully soft but not everyone appreciates having flaky skin.  Both oils can be used to work from the inside too though, again, ghee has a better advantage.

  • OK thank you.

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