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It might just help someone else....Ive had eczema on a couple of fingers for awhile now. It would come and go but never a bother until lately. Bowling made them worse so we didnt go. Then the last few days[ perhaps stress ] they have neen awful and its spread to the whole hand with peeling skin ect. I tried everything known to woman and even ordered creams from the health store. As soon as the cremes or lotions dried, it was back in full force. Well last night I began using Glysomed an over the counter hand creme and took a Benydryl allergy pill before I went to bed. This morning it seems so much better. My hands are not dry and tight like they were but softer and not peeling. Now I dont know what combination really did it but something helped. Ive been kinda stressed with the bad weather and company coming over the holidays and that might have made it worse....Im hoping that it is abated for now. I also have psoriasis which is very good right now with the meds I use....Maybe just maybe the allergy meds did it. Any thoughts?
 

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No I havent tried that. I take so many vitamins and herbals that Im not sure I want to add another. I might have to try it though if it gets worse again.....
 

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Mine got really bad in the winter. Then my skin would crack and bleed. I tried everything I could find. I was at the Common Ground Country Fair (in Maine) several years ago and picked up some salve from one of the vendors there. It works better for me than anything else I have ever tried. Now I live in Ohio. I order several containers twice/year. I order "Golden Salve" and "Healing Salve."

She used to have a web site, but she took it down (she said that she wanted to stay "small."

I will try to paste in contact info.

Alchemilla Herbal Apothec)
380 Number 10 Rd, Dexter, ME 04930-2414

Contact Phone: (207) 924-5172
 

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I take a food supplement that was recommended here by a member whose name slips my mind at the moment.

The skin on my ankles and calves would deteriorate(sp?), split and get terribly infected far too often. I thought it was because of having had polio but both my sister and cousin deal with this condition too.

I buy the supplement from www.4source.com

I have NOT had a skin breakdown in FOUR years! :bouncy::dance:

I can't say that it will help your situation, Suz, as everyone's body is different, but it won't hurt! I know that my skin is in good condition, my fingernails are as hard as a rock and my hair is very thick for my age.

I don't profit from recommending this at all.
 

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I had a problem with psoriasis on my one hand but that is no more since using homemade soap! If I am ever too long without my soap then I will see some peeling starting - yuck. Dish soap just tears my hands up too.
What do you use for dish soap?
We havent had any psoriasis since we started using homemade goat milk soap, and we havent had any cracked fingers from the winter cold since using lotion bars, but havent come up with a solution for dish soap yet.
My daughter reckons her best solution is that someone ELSE should do the dishes! LOL
 

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I grate up homemade soap and melt it in water on the stove...I use enough water to make the soap a "liquid" or more gel soap and that's what I use for dishes here. I don't really have any trouble with my skin. I just use it that way because it is frugal, but if your homemade soap is working in the shower and for hand washing, why not give it a try for you dishes.
Be forewarned though, it won't suds like normal dish soap, but it cleans just fine.
 

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Had it real bad for years, after years of home remedies and countless $ spent on this and that product, I saw a dermatologist who gave me both a cream and a foam to use on it, after a month or so of using it, it went away and has not been back in 5 years now.
 

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My previous BF had really bad eczema on his fingers for years, and I read something about a connection between that and athlete's foot. Reactive dermatitis, I think it's called. The body goes haywire fighting the athlete's foot fungus and starts attacking the skin of hands and feet. When he got his athlete's foot under control the hands completely cleared up.

Things to ponder....
 

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I use Palmolive gentle for hands but have been wearing gloves for awhile now altho I hate that, always having to stop to put on rubber gloves...yuk! Today now Ive been using only the Glysomed hand cream and took a nondrowsy allergy pill. There doing pretty good. I also took St Johns work to try to calm my nerves.....Im not at all sure what is working!!!!
 

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Interesting. I've been trying to find SOMETHING that would work for granddaughter's psoriasis, which is in her scalp, and pretty bad. The shampoo that is prescribed stinks, and I know she doesn't use it as often as she is supposed to. Jan in Co
 

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My nephew had exema real bad as a child. The only thing that really helped was to grease him up with Crisco at night (put socks on his hands to keep the stuff on). Had him to specialists and used different meds. and nothing worked. The Crisco idea came from an old retired Dr. they ran into on vacation.
 

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As a child they called "atopic dermatitis" and I suffered from it greatly. My dd has inherited it.

Listen up now because I have the CURE. (Well, for us, anyway ;)) Diet! That is the number one factor in controlling our eczema. Artificial coloring, preservatives, HFCS, nitrites, nitrates, even MSG and other nasties cause our eczema to really flare up. 95% of the time we are able to eat completely all-natural foods. Occasionally we'll eat something like M&Ms that has artificial food coloring or a lunchmeat that has sodium nitr-ite(ate)s in it and by that evening we are both itching all over the place. Dd will scratch until her legs bleed.

She and I have been under the care of a dermatologist for skin issues (I also have Rosacea) for years and the only thing that has worked when we *are* itchy is a topical steriod... we use Desonate gel. The caution is that topical steroids thin the skin, so you can't use them for very long.

We use homemade lye soap. It's just lye and lard and water. That helps. And we use Aveeno Eczema Care lotion... which is terribly expensive at over $10 for a small tube.

I feel for everyone here. I've been struggling with eczema all my life and I know my dd will too.

I'm going to try the primrose oil. Thanks for that tip!!
 

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I do use topical steriods for my P and am trying it on my hands now. Yes my skin is thinner from the use but what choice have I had? The Aveeno you talk about is good during the day when you cant use meds....
 

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Read the label on all your soap products including shampoo and toothpaste. Stay away from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and start using soap products that are free of it. Google search "SLS free". It's important to continue using SLS free products even after your skin has cleared up. Use rubber gloves to do dishes or any cleaning.
 
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