Atopic eczema  

Introduction 

Eczema

Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema, affecting around one in 12 adults and one in five children in the UK. In this video, Dr Dawn Harper talks about living with the condition.

Other types of eczema

Other types of eczema include:

  • circular or oval patches of eczema that usually affect adults (discoid eczema
  • eczema that occurs when the body comes into contact with a particular substance (contact dermatitis)
  • eczema that occurs on the legs, usually around swollen and enlarged veins (varicose eczema
  • red, scaly patches that can occur on the sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears and scalp (seborrhoeic eczema)

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is a long-term, or chronic, condition.

Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.

Atopic eczema commonly occurs in areas with folds of skin such as:

  • behind the knees
  • on the front of the elbows
  • on the side of the neck
  • around the eyes and ears

See Atopic eczema - symptoms for more information.

What causes atopic eczema?

The exact cause of atopic eczema is unknown. However, it often occurs in people who get allergies ("atopic" means sensitivity to allergens).

Atopic eczema can run in families and often occurs alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever.

See Atopic eczema - causes for more information.

How common is atopic eczema?

About one in five children in the UK has eczema. In 8 out of 10 cases, atopic eczema occurs before a child reaches five years of age. Many children develop it before their first birthday.

The number of people diagnosed with atopic eczema has increased in recent years. This could be due to changes in lifestyle or environmental factors that cause eczema, or because healthcare professionals are now more aware of the symptoms.

Males and females are affected equally. There is some evidence that eczema may be slightly more common in people from African-Caribbean backgrounds. 

Outlook

Atopic eczema can vary in severity. Most people are only mildly affected and have small areas of dry or red skin, which are occasionally itchy.

Other people have more severe symptoms, such as cracked, sore and bleeding skin.

A person with atopic eczema usually has periods when symptoms are less noticeable, and flare-ups when symptoms become more severe and require additional treatment.

Atopic eczema clears up or significantly improves in many children as they get older. In about 53% of cases, atopic eczema clears up by the time a child reaches 11 years of age, and in 65% of cases it clears up by 16 years of age.

Severe eczema often has a significant impact on daily life and may be difficult to cope with physically and mentally. However, many different treatments can be used to control symptoms and manage the eczema.

See Atopic eczema - treatment for more information.




Last reviewed: 07/03/2011

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drew84 said on 01 September 2011

I'm 27. From the ages of 16 to 23 I had severe eczema on my arms, neck and face. I noticed that the effected areas tended to flare up when I became stressed or agitated (stress which was usually exacerbated by eczema itself). I visited doctors and dermatologists about it, as the flare ups were not clearing and I was very self-conscious about it.

Anyway, things which I believe helped me clear up my eczema (over about 3 months or so) were:

accepting I had eczema (ie. not getting as stressed out about something that is beyond my control).

frequent use of anti-bacterial hand gel (eg. when using computers, being around animals, at work etc.) this to me had a psychological effect too - just the thought of being clean made me feel a great deal better!


I cut down a lot on alcohol intake too (noticed a great improvement when this happened), then as my condition improved I went to the gym more and saunas.

Hope this helps :-)

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clf92 said on 21 June 2011

hey im 18yrs old and have had eczema on and off since i was a baby. Last year however it became must worse and previous creams which managed it no longer worked. I have now been through the process of visiting my GP to recieve several creams none of which completely solve my eczema which is worse on my face which is very depressing. This month i was referred to a dermotologist which i thought would cure all my problems how nieve this was just like the GP she looked at my skin prescribed a steroid cream for face and a different one for my body, neither of which helped anymore than the ones prescribed by my doctor. I am now waiting to be allergy tested which I am hoping will explain the flare ups. The two best mostisers i have found is double base gel and epaderm cream. I've found this page very useful and want to thank many of you for sharing your ideas as i intend to try many of them.

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AmishAshish said on 18 May 2011

Hello everyone. My son has had severe eczema since he was 3 months old....complete flare ups with weeping and bleeding lesions.

The GP 's treatment didnt work and we were referred to the Dermatologist who suggested wet wraps and streroid creams for him.

After much resistance to being treated with steriod creams, I requested the GP for him to be referred to a Homeopath under NHS. They referred me to the Royal Homeopathy hospital.

He is being treated for almost 2 years now. Though the treatment is slow, it works on the root of the problem and cure it at the base rather than topically.

The treatment involves oral medication as well as streriod-free creams and treatments in addition to the use of Dermol and Hydromol to keep the skin hydrated.

I combined the use of the wet wraps with the homeopthic creams instead of the streiods. It has worked very well for him and in fact he has not had a flare up for a year now.

He is stil being treated (though we have not had an allergy test for him yet)and we hope to eradicate it totally from his system.

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MarkWilsonBAU said on 28 April 2011

I have had eczema previously only mildy and found E45 cream very effective.

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lucy22 said on 03 January 2011

To: NinjaJellyBaby

I've had eczema since i was 10mnths old including around my eyes. I was prescribed "lid care wipes" morning and night plus told to take "benadryl allergy tablets" everyday. the wipes work brilliantly.

hope this helps

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NinjaJellyBaby said on 07 November 2010

I have suffered with eczema really badly around my eyes now for a fair few years (I am 20) but it flares up so bad at times that sometimes I look like a panda (basically 2 red circles around my eyes). I have been to the doctors and have been prescribed numerous creams and ointments, the latest being hydrocortisone 1% and oilatum. I have been previously referred to see a dermatologist but again all they did was say here is a bag of creams and ointments try them all, in which none worked. With it being on my eyes I obviously have to be careful with what I put on them and with the hydrocortisone I can only use it for 3 days, once a day.
They say not to scratch or rub because it makes it worse, but with it being on the eyes its difficult not to as the first thing you do on a morning is rub your eyes or when you get tired. It also makes me feel really conscious when people point it out all the time..saying like why are your eyes so red etc.

I was wondering if anyone else has suffered from really bad exzema on their eyes and if they can recommend anything.

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Emma Grace said on 03 August 2010

I've just been and had the results of my allergy tests from the dermatologist. Turns out I've got a massive wheat allergy. What gets me is that I'm 24 and have suffered badly for so long and no GP has ever offered to give me allergy tests until I really stamped my feed to see a dermatologist. It's a massive flaw in the system.

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Ollie John said on 30 July 2010

I've just read the comments on this page and am amazed that nobody talks about refraining from dairy products. I had bad eczema from birth until giving up all food products with cow's milk or cow's milk based products in them. I can still eat sheeps and goat's cheese/milk/yoghurt. These do not affect me and the only recurrence of eczema is when cow's milk/milk products accidentally get into my diet. I don't know whether this exclusion diet has been tried by everbody else who has posted comments or not but it's worth a try if you haven't ..........!

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wantlivenormal said on 29 July 2010

tom123, I have similar issue, not so strong however… what I found that hemp hand protector from the body shop working really well. I am washing bad places on my skin early morning cream it with hemp and no itches, pain until the end of the day. – yes the places is wet, but I can leave normal life. Regarding head – cannot do anything about it but to minimize use Simple collection without smell or perfume.

In fact I have had eczema in my ears for the last 24 years, and got it on head near some hidden places just after arriving to Scotland, apparently weather and environment(may be additions in to water or food) triggered it.

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James Brodie said on 28 July 2010

I am 44 and have suffered with excema since my early twenties. I tried many things that the doctor prescribed and none of them worked. There is some good advice here, especially don't scratch (easier said than done), moisturise at least twice a day (I find Aloe Vera Gel the most effective), and avoid things that cause or inflame it, such as:
Perfume (avoid anything that says parfum on the label).
Food additives, especially MSG, tartrazine, etc. I avoid any artificial preservatives, colourings and flavourings.
Biological washing powder.
Clothing made from man-made fabric.
Very hot baths or showers.
Stress.
I read every label of every product I use very carefully. If there is something in my environment that is setting it off it will just keep on breaking out in other patches, even as I treat the ones I have already got. I have tried all sorts of creams and the only thing that always works is 99% Aloe Vera Gel, available from chemists (be careful some brands have perfume in them which will make it worse!)

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Emma Grace said on 19 July 2010

By the way, if anyone wants the name of creams that actually work to ask your GP for, they are as follows.

Betnovate and Elocon (strong steroid creams but they are fantastic for clearing up bad break outs).

Cetraban is a really good, light emollient that sinks in really quickly and puts loads of moisture in your skin.

Dermol is good as it is an antibiotic cream so if you have broken the skin anywhere, the antibiotic will help to clear up any infected areas. You can also get Dermol soap substitute for the shower.

Oilatum cream is also really good for extremely dry patches as it is thick and very creamy.

Prescribed anti-histamines are good too as they are generally stronger than over the counter ones, and you can get extra strong ones for the night time to stop you itching in your sleep.

A few friends have also told me that Aveeno cream is really good as it is oat based, but it's quite expensive so they get it prescribed.

You can get all of these on prescription from your GP. And if like me you were spending a fortune on prescriptions, apply for a Pre-Pay Prescription certificate. For £100 (£10 over ten months) you can get as many prescriptions as you like. It saved me an absolute fortune.

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Emma Grace said on 19 July 2010

I'm 24 and have literally had eczema since I was a baby. It's always been quite bad but since I moved from Manchester to London a year ago, it's got worse. I honestly think that the hard water here has made it worse.

I had to nag and nag and nag GPs' to refer me to a dermatologist...for some reason, they just don't like doing it and I don't know why. I used to go to my GP and literally sit there in tears and they still didn't refer me. One day I just went in and said "I've had enough, don't want any more steroids or creams, I want to see a dermatologist". I've had allergy tests for everything and I feel so much better.

My eczema used to stop me doing so many things; it controlled my life and I was very depressed. Some things that help me are obviously, not using any perfumed cosmetics, no red food colourings, less spicy food and shellfish, using soap nuts to wash my clothes. Not having boiling hot showers and baths really helps too and I have anti-histamines every day and because it stops the itching.

Also if you've got long nais, file them right down. I have to keep my nails as short as they'll go so that I can't scratch and break my skin.

Steroids do help but they thin your skin so much, I'll only use them when I absolutely have to.

Some of these stories on here are really sad and I hope you all find a way to deal with your eczema. My main piece of advice is to put your foot down with your GP. Just insist on seeing dermatologist; you have a right to.

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Lozerini19 said on 17 July 2010

I feel so good to actually hear other peoples stories that are similar to mine, its reasurring that theres other people out there that understand. I've had eczema most of my life. It makes life difficult and people who dont suffer find it hard to understand the way you feel about it and the condition itself. My skin constantly feels tight, extremely itchy and makes me feel self concious and depressed , all i wanna do when i get home from work everyday is soak in a bath of oilatum to feel like i can move and my skin not crack!. I recently went to the doctor after trying various creams and antihistamines. I was prescribed a steriod ointment that i was told i should use a pea sized amount spread to every hand width of affected area. I was also given another ointment to put over the top of the other ointment. This has calmed my eczema right down and i have been able to move much better and it looks much better within a couple of days. I have also been referred to a dermatologist because i want to find out what i could be allergic to i dont know what flares up the eczema?! I had never heard of the ichtopaste and think Im going to get some because its sounds like it works. :)

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miran said on 27 May 2010

I am 15 and i have had eczema ever since i was born it is fine in the winter but in the summer it gets aggrevated because of my hayfever my whole face goes red in patches and it starts to weep. Its really not very nice the doctors dont do very much because they say its not the worst that they have seen and that they have seen much worse and that i should not worry. I cannot sit on the grass or where clothes other than cotton sometimes i cannot go outside at all because i start to itch. I have to moisturise my face every half an hour eitherwise it will crack and become dry. I cannot get rid of the eczema on my upper lip that is the only place it does not go.

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jman22 said on 28 March 2010

thx 4 that malik17, im goin to continue using the ichtopaste and look it more about the homeopathic. i will continue to look at this page as you have provided helpful information. i hope you continue to also look on this page.

thx again.

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Elizabeth87 said on 26 March 2010

Hello. Some of the stories on here are really sad but also very familiar. I am 22 and have suffered with eczema all of my life. Although it has always been pretty bad it got worse from 17 where I had it everywhere from the neck down and then at 20 i developed urticaria which left me with a swollen face and eyes. I used to feel constantly self conscious and would always cover up and became an expert at applying my make up to hide the redness! However last year i was told about a herbalist in Frodsham who spent well over an hour with me and never made me feel like i was a lost cause or over reacting. We discovered that i was pretty much allergic to everything and especially sulphites which can be found in wine! :-( However she prescribed me this horrible tasting powder that i had to mix with water before eating which helped to block the harm that most foods cause me. I'm sure there's a better technical explanation of this but i am practically eczema free now and feel fantastic!
I would definately recommend looking into alternative medicines as although i still have to rely on prescription skin washes and moisturisers i no longer have to rely on the steroids that have scarred my skin!
Sorry this is a little long winded but i hope it helps people see there can be a way out no matter how long it takes! xxx

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Elizabeth87 said on 26 March 2010

Hello. Some of the stories on here are really sad but also very familiar. I am 22 and have suffered with eczema all of my life. Although it has always been pretty bad it got worse from 17 where I had it everywhere from the neck down and then at 20 i developed urticaria which left me with a swollen face and eyes. I used to feel constantly self conscious and would always cover up and became an expert at applying my make up to hide the redness! However last year i was told about a herbalist in Frodsham who spent well over an hour with me and never made me feel like i was a lost cause or over reacting. We discovered that i was pretty much allergic to everything and especially sulphites which can be found in wine! :-( However she prescribed me this horrible tasting powder that i had to mix with water before eating which helped to block the harm that most foods cause me. I'm sure there's a better technical explanation of this but i am practically eczema free now and feel fantastic!
I would definately recommend looking into alternative medicines as although i still have to rely on prescription skin washes and moisturisers i no longer have to rely on the steroids that have scarred my skin!
Sorry this is a little long winded but i hope it helps people see there can be a way out no matter how long it takes! xxx

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jman22 said on 24 March 2010

its gd to hear from you man...did the ichtopoaste do any justice for you at all and wots homeopathic medicne? where can i get that.

Thx

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malik17 said on 24 March 2010

jman22.... lol u welcum... btw i dont use them any more... my ecxzma has all cleared up... and this happend by homeopathic medicne that i took... my eczxzma went in 3 months.... nywys all the best... hp it goes well

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jackpremature said on 04 March 2010

my daughter suffered from eczema and it was found she was allergic to parabens. Parabens are found in all sorts of things, i.e. shampoo, body wash, perfumes, make up etc. Go for the naked range in boots and see if this makes a difference.

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sgbarker said on 01 March 2010

I'm nearly 20 and have suffered with eczema since I was born, with severe eczema on my face, legs, and arms. Up until 2 years ago i'd found no relief no matter how many times i'd been to my GP and was just told to moisturise. I sympathise with all the teenagers on this page as I too became seriously depressed, missing school and being bullied.
However, my skin is now nearly clear (with the old patch of eczema on my arms from time to time) from using Elocon Ointment (it is a strong steriod cream but it works), Olay Sensitive Night Cream 2/3 times a day (this is a pot of wonder! The Day Cream irritates my skin but the Night Cream is magic), and for serious dry areas I apply basic Vaseline thickly at night. I have also found bathing in a prescribed Bath Emolient helps or Johnsons Baby Oil. When my eczema is really itchy I take an antihistamain (Sp?!) which calms my skin down. Trigger foods for my eczema are acidic based lemons and oranges so I steer totally clear of them.
Really hope this helps! Please try Olay Night Cream!!

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jman22 said on 18 February 2010

malik17...u given me hope again man. Im 17 aswell and i was trying to remember the name of mud wrap bandages in which is Ichthopaste. I used this when i was younger and it did get rid of most of my eczema but ever since i 4got about it, my eczema has grown bad. Im going to prescribe everything u have sed to do.Thx man.

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ShadowAngel said on 26 January 2010

I have read all the comments and no one has thought of going back to nature. I am 41 years old and have had bad eczema, until I read about and started using "Rooibos Tea" also known as "Red bush" tea. Firstly I bath in the Rooibos Tea, by putting two teabags in the bath, plus I also drink it as a black tea. My daughter who is 6 months and 26 days old, also suffered and I did the same with her. After three days the eczema was gone and I continued with this process and to date she has had no traces of eczema. I still do not use any soaps or shampoos. Even a warm moist Rooibos Tea Bag on the Eczema area will releive the itching. There is only one other thing I use after a bath and this is Johnson's Baby Aqueous Cream (Fragrance Free). The other thing that I noticed when my daughter drinks the tea. if she has a dummy rash this is gone withing a day or so. I hope this helps some of the people who are suffering.

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pet40 said on 25 January 2010

i am 26 uears old and suffer with atopic eczema, i have this on my face only, it is very embarrassing as i work in retail and you can see people starring at you, they think it is contagious.
i have seen a private consultant who did nothing at all to help me, just told me to live with it...£500 wasted.

i have tried all types of creamsand everything so far has made it flair up. ive tried aveeno, diprobase,e45,vasaline hair and skin vitamins. wheat based creams, none perfume, simple mosturiser( which made me look like id been burnt.)

Please please can anyone help. it is getting very expensive trying new creams, that only make it flair up with the first use!!

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malik17 said on 22 January 2010

Hi everyone, i hav also sufferd eczema since i was a baby and i am now 17, i am sick and tired of my exzema, it stops me from doing a lot of things, i cant be botherd going to college, cant be botherd to do my coursework, cant be botherd going out, stops me from doing house work e.t.c.
i have very bad severe exzema on my legs from my feet to my thighs, my full arms and my hands, some times it can appear on my eyes and my neck!!! its not worth to suffer like this i know how it feels!! but ive got a soloution and it will work after about 3 weeks, because i have tried it my self and i will guarantee you that your exzema will go away will amazing results, you will have to ask your doctor to perscribe the medicnes which are, Ichthopaste bandages, green line stocking which is for the arms and blue line stocking which is for the legs, the Ichthopaste bandages which is brown you will have to wrap it round where your exzema is, and then on top of that if it is your arms that you have hwrapped then use te white green line stocking to put it on top of the Ichthopaste bandags, and same for the legs but you use the blue line white stocking, please try this for two weeks and change your bandages every 2 days and have a shower too when you take them off!! just also remember when putting bandages on you have too put loads and loads of exzema cream on your affected areas, you can get exzema cream which is also called- epaderm cream, ask your doctor too for this!! you will see clean frsh results in 3 weeks, my exezma has gone so better and i hardly scratch like hell, i can move more and do more to!!
please talk to me if you need any hep!!!! thnks!! gud luk!!!

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Nia1992 said on 13 January 2010

I'm a 17 year old girl who's suffered with eczema for 2 years badly, my brother (who's 23) has suffered with it so badly since he was born he is severely depressed and can't work or do anything, because he basically has no skin.when my skin got bad i refused to go to the doctors, because i didn't think they could do anything, after all my brother had been going for 23 years and he still suffers.it got worse and worse, i couldn't sleep, i used to wake up screaming in pain cause i'd ripped my skin off and i just didn't know what to do, i'd miss school cause i'd be in so much pain i just wanted to sit in my pyjamas and cry, so eventually i dropped out of 6th form because my head of year thought i was over reacting, and told me to just use some e45. i tried e45 of course and it didn't do anything so i just kept getting worse and worse, arguing with my mum, i didn't do anything i found it hard to get out of bed because i could never sleep in the nights i'd sleep through the day. my mum forced me to go to the doctors about it and they referred me to llandough hospital wear i was given light treatment, but that did nothing for me, only dried my skin out. my eczema got worse and worse to the point i used to just wear pyjama bottoms and long sleeved tops everywhere to hide my skin, i could never buy clothes i actually wanted. i was admitted into hospital after going to my light treatment session crying my eyes out and couldn't lift my arms to take my top off because they were so cracked. and to be honest i just regretted not going sooner, because they taught me how to moisturize, put my steroid creams on and everything properly. you wouldn't even know i had eczema within 2 weeks. that was 6 months ago now, and i moisturize 3 times a day, (i should do more but it's hard to find the time in college) and i can wear stuff i want to now, and i'm back in college. i actually cried reading one of these things, HeatherMcWha? just wanted to let you know it will get better :)

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snow lady said on 06 January 2010

i've had psoriasis since my early teens and i'm 35 now so i have a good idea of what people on here are talking about. i've tried practically everything i can think of - all the drugs from the GP, and all the 'natural' herbal remedies i can afford to try. recently though i've got a water softener and it's made so much difference. i'd heard it was good for eczema so thought it was worth a go. It uses salt and is one that has to be fitted by a plumber not a cheapy thing you fit yourself on a water pipe. i'm not sure if i can put the company's name on here - i don't want to get my message removed. i'm so glad i tried it, my skin is nearly clear and just feels so much more comfortable. and i barely even itch!!

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Jane Frost said on 17 December 2009

I find adding Bicarbonate of Soda to a luke warm bath helps a bit.

I buy a box - about 5ins high from a supermarket, then use about a third or a half, depending on how much water there is in the bath.

It's so cheap, it may be worth a try - and I hope it helps someone.

Sorry to read messages from teenagers - it must be hell for you. But your life doesn't have to always be the same.

It might be that you will find a life in a warmer climate, which doesn't antagonise flare ups so much as here in damp, well house-mited Britain and where you can bathe in the sea. I find sun and seawater helps me.

And to the teenager who wanted light treatment - why not ask for a box or whatever it is you need for your birthday or Christmas?

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Caspar said on 13 November 2009

Hi HeatherMcWha,
we're very sorry to read about the issues you've been facing with your eczema.

We can't offer any medical advice online, but would suggest you contact the National Eczema Society. They have a helpline who may be able to offer some support and advice. Their website is http://www.eczema.org/ and their telephone number is 0800 089 1122.

Caspar @ NHS Choices

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HeatherMcWha said on 13 November 2009

I am 17 years old, I have had eczema since I was born.
I struggle to manage my eczema due tot he fact i hate the treatment.
I have been going to a consultant for the past 5 years and they have not helped.
I have had every treatment apart from the medication and the light treatment.
I spend alot of time worrying about my eczema.
Everytime I speak to someone about it, no one listens and just say its nothing to worry about, just get on with your life.
Its not that easy. I want to wear clothes that I like but I cant because I will show my eczema and people look at it all the time. I have no confidence anymore.
At 17 years old I should have plenty of confidence, but I dont.
I want to be able to go swimming, but my eczema irritates when I do, so I cant do that. I was told to go on sunbeds, but I dont want to damage my skin anymore than it is.

I am depressed with my eczema and I do not know what to do about it or with it. I cant talk to my family all they say is cream up. My consultant doesnt listen to me, so many times I have had days of school and college and it is affecting me. I have broke down alot of times because of my eczema and the consultants dont want to help me anymore. They say it is cleared and it is not irritating me, but it hasnt. I can have good days and bad days and it can flare up whenever. For any unknown cause. I have sat there in tears and begged for light treatment and the pills but they wont give me them because already my immune system is bad due to the steroids i have used since birth and all the medication.
It isnt helping.

I want to know what to do to get me on the tablets, I am not happy anymore. I used to not mind it but now its riduculous.

My life isnt good anymore. I hate it. I didnt think it could effect me as much as it has done these past few years and I dont know what to do anymore. Sometimes i feel like im invisable.

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tommi86 said on 28 September 2009

I am 22 and have suffered with eczema since i was a baby.

Here are a few things that have help me:

Moisturiser! Every couple of hours with a good moisturiser. The ones with liquid paraffin in seem to be the best such as aqueous and vaseline intensive rescue, avoid scented moisturiser as they can irritate. Apply it rubbing only downward to avoid clogging pores which could lead to infection.

Try to hoover your bedsheets daily and spray with febreeze allergenic about an hour before bed, this will cut down the level of dustmites in your bed and you will notice that you will not itch so much in the night. Dustmite mattress covers are also available and can help as well.

Wear thin cotton pyjamas and socks on your hands and feet, most sufferers itch the most at night, this will help to reduce damage by scratching in the night.

keep your fingernails short. Clip or cut them once a week, the shorter they are the less damge they can do!

When showering or bathing use warm water. Never have a hot bath or shower! As nice as it feels to jump into a hot bath or shower its not gonna do you much good. Use pure olive oil soap instead of smelly bath and shower gels. olive oil is said good for the skin. A few drops of lavender oil in a bath is said to relieve inflammed skin and relieve stress which can lead to itching.

I hope this helps guys!

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Christy1 said on 04 September 2009

I have had eczema since I was born and now at 22 I go through phases but am aware of pretty much everything that sets it off anf have some tips:

- No matter what try try try not to scratch..I know it can be so hard and is uncomfortable, sometimes if it is really hot and itchy it is good to put a cold glass on the skin

- Only where 100% cotton otherwise the skin cannot breath and the sweat itches like mad

- avoid trigger foods, especially not too much wheat and tomatoes (for me I notice around my mouth gets itchy after I eat them)

- Don't shower every day and apply a thick layer of moisturiser everywhere after showering and let it soak in for 10mins (I like cocoa butter)

- Also if it is on your hands and feet I would recommend wearing two socks on each foot in bed and filling them with a good moisturiser, I do this alot! I've heard people do it with gloves too. You wake up with smooth feet

- Swimming in the sea and the sun really helps, also hair skin and nails vitamin tablets help

- Oh and don't use too much soap - I only use on armpits where it wont dry it out too much

On skin that gets sweaty I find it doesn't heal until it has dried out, try wearing really light cotton clothes that don't rub until the skin heals and then keep it moisturised

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Jayde1 said on 29 July 2009

hi, im 17 i have had eczema since i was 2 and its gt worse and worse.. its all over the palms of my hands and feet and starting to come on my knees. Its so depressing to look at. I was just wondering if anyone has anything they could offer me. As i have been to the doctors so many times and i think i proberly have used every cream they offer i hate it, and its not like normal eczema its servere eczema.. Someone please help me? :(

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Louy_Ox said on 19 July 2009

I Have Eczema On My Head && I TriedUsing Baby Shampoo && Conditioner But It Just Comes && Goes &&Wenn I Itch It It It Weeps After A While!! Any Sugestions On How I Could Stop It From Being So Bad ?? _Ox

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cindymw66 said on 17 July 2009

l have Eczema mainly on my hands and feet, bit l also have big red wet,very very itchy sore patches under my breasts...any suggestions about what to try would be appreciated....tried many things.

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tom123 said on 13 May 2009

ive had eczema all my life but recently its starting to get really sweatty i have it between my legs near my crotch its on both sibdes and i cant walk for long because of it it goes relly wet wetting my underwear and even jeans and i cant walk without it hurtn alot it dries up in the morning after i wake up and it stings this happens everyday and i dont know what to do by the way im a 17year old male

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