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Chronic ezcema on soles of feet


Does anyone have any advice for anything else that I should be trying or avoiding to try to help deal with my chronic ezcema.

About 2 years ago I had a small patch of dry skin on the sole of my right foot. I just put moisturiser on it regularly thinking it would just clear up. But it never did and over the last year it has gotten much worse. My foot is very itchy especially at night, the skin is red and cracked and I have fissures on my heel and the side of my foot. Some areas the skin seems very thick and tough where the fissures are and the sole itself seems very thin. It isn’t dishydrotic ezcema as there are no blisters - I sometimes have dishydrotic ezcema on my hands. And to make things worse my left foot has started to go the same way over the last few months.

It is getting me down because I can’t do my usual exercise of cycling or walking and as I have an autoimmune condition, I really want to try to stay fit and exercise to keep healthy.

I’m currently on a treatment plan having finally been referred to a dermatologist at the start of December. I’m taking fexofenadine once a day to help the itching at night and I have a strong steroid ointment to be applied twice a day. I was also given Epaderm ointment and Cetraben cream as moisturisers as well as Dermol 200 shower emollient and Dermol 500 for washing my hands.

Does anyone else have the same issue and have any advice or tips they can share? I saw somewhere on here something about leaky gut syndrome possibly being a factor but I’m not sure what that even is or if it actually a real thing (no offence to whoever mentioned it!)


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Try Chinese meds


Have you tried Evening Primrose oil caps 1000mg early evening? Worth a try.

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Hello, I had very bad eczema about 1 year ago, arms and legs mainly and getting me down badly, wake up scratching, caught in a vicious cycle off scratching and more inflammation over several months.

My GP gave me fucidin cream for a few days which helped initially and helped me to stop scratching because that was making thing worse.

But I also started to moisturise the areas several times a day, maybe even 8 to 10 times a day or even more whenever the irritation was bad and I slowly managed to stop scratching.

After about 6 or 8 weeks approximately of that regime the ezcema largely settled down. When it threatens now I try and moisturise a lot and that seems to work to control it.

This is just my experience, I dont know how relavent it might be to yourself, please feel free to ignore, but I wish you well with it as it can be very demoralising.

I cycle as well and if it stopped me cycling I would go mad!

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Sorry, I forgot to mention, the regular moisturising recommendation came from The British Association of Dermatologists web site but your own dermatologist knows your condition best I guess. Good luck.


Hi Rock Princess

Hopefully you may be able to achieve some relief to the eczema by reading a copy of a reply I sent earlier to a sufferer. The cost of the kiwis is very low in Asda, so even if it does not cure the problem eating the fruit will provide you with a large quantity of vitamin C, which is not a bad thing.

Best regards


4 Jan 2018

At age 65 I had two strips of eczema approx. 3 inches long and an inch wide that ran parallel along my lower stomach just above my right thigh. which did not respond to hydrocortisone treatment. One day, whilst eating a kiwi fruit I smeared the inside juicy part of the skin along half of the top strip. I specifically did it this way in order that should there be any reaction to the treated part it could only be attributed to the kiwi fruit juice application. About 2 weeks later I noticed that the redness of the treated part had considerably reduced whereas the untreated elements were not. Continued application saw the complete disappearance of the treated part. I then did the same with each half of the other remaining parts individually and they all subsequently disappeared after being treated, but not before. I do not recollect that the strips were itchy. Then, 4 years later I had a severe eczema outbreak on both legs, with heavy scaling mainly down the shins and onto both insteps, with a white crusty looking ring of skin around both ankles, and suffered aggravating itching which was at times unbearable. There was no response to treatment, so I repeated the kiwi fruit treatment mentioned above. I cannot really describe the violent reaction which followed. I haven't been burnt with acid, but I would imagine that it would be more of a description as opposed to hot/boiling water. Fortunately it only lasted for about 10 very long seconds before subsiding. Luckily I persevered with the treatment as the first totally unexpected bonus was that the aggravating itching was replaced by a more tolerable smarting, similar to being stung by moderate strength stinging nettles. This meant that there was not further need to scratch the scaling, but instead to stroke it gently which eased the stinging. I further discovered that spraying the legs with hot water brought a great deal of relief and left the skin feeling very fresh. I carried on with the treatment and eventually all the scaling and the ankle crust disappeared, but, unfortunately, the skin was left reddened where the scaling used to be. (Not too much of a problem if the affected areas are covered with clothing, but on exposed areas such as the face a difficult choice would have to be made as to which is the lesser of the two evils). Some 10 years later the scarring is not so noticeable, but there is still a moderate smarting of the skin. Lately I have had 2 further outbreaks of severe itching, one on my back above the left hip, and one on my left knee. Because I could not apply the kiwi juice to my back, instead of using hot water as previously, I turned the hair dryer up as hot as I could and directed the hot air onto the irritation. It was very effective, and stopped the itching for a day or so, so I continued with doing this which has been successful in that I have not had to repeat it for well over 2 months. The same treatment was applied to the knee, with the same result. I told my sister of this, so she tried it on some itching she experienced on her foot, and informed me that it was very successful in stopping the itching. I do not know what type of eczema I had, but I only became aware of it when I was aged 65. I am now 81 years old. Hopefully this cheap, (and beneficial as the kiwi fruit is loaded with vitamin C), cure will prove to be successful to anyone who tries it. It should be, because I doubt very much that I am the only person in the world that could respond to this cure. Please note that great consideration should be given to any decision to use this remedy on a child, due to the violent reaction which was mentioned earlier. It literally brought tears to my eyes for the first few applications. I would also recommend using the hot hair dryer treatment straight away, in the hope that it will immediately reduce the severe itching.

Whether it will be beneficial for psoriasis sufferers I do not know, but maybe trying both of my remedies could be beneficial. Best of luck to whoever tries it, and I do hope that it is as successful for you as it has been for me.

(Any feedback from users as to the success or otherwise will be much appreciated).


04 Jan 2018


Hi there

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