Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Okay, all... I need your help. My nine year old niece has bad eczema on her little hands that gets horribly horrible in the winter. She has scratches all around her knuckles, and today (after we watched a movie) she looked down to see she was bleeding. I am completely overwhelmed by the websites on eczema, so I am turning to you. Please forward any cleansers and lotions (BRANDS, please) that help with this. I figure some of you must know some people with this. She needs to keep her skin more moisturized that she is right now, but lotions and soaps make it worse.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it would figure that I suffer from it, this is embarrassing. But, I cannot use smelly lotions or soaps either...I even get it in my ears. Anything non-prescription that I use is Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Butter (Deep conditioning), or plain old vaseline and gloves when I go to bed...anything else is bad. Shea Butter is good too, I just like the cocoa butter scent, since I cannot use anything (even laundry detergent and dryer sheets) with a scent it is nice to have that little scent of cocoa butter...ya know what I mean, but honestly, if she is bleeding, she should see the dr. I also have creams with steroids in it for when it gets really bad...or a medicine called (oh I cannot remember) but it is another EXPENSIVE prescribed cream...She needs to be careful because she can get an infection, which is not good at all...I have also been told by my dermatologist to ONLY use Dove unscented for sensitive skin in the bath...and cetaphil on my face....those are all great products as well...the cetaphil helps the crappolla I get on my face....anyway...please send her my best, as this is So super uncomfortable...tell her she is not alone...I would buy her a pair of gloves and vaseline at least to start...good luck, and if you need anything else, please feel free to ask, as I have been to the dr. many times over about this.
ps. You are such a great Auntie!

December 23, 2008 3:49 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Cetaphil is the good stuff. They have a ton of products. Very gentle stuff.


December 23, 2008 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Maggie said...

When you said it gets worse in the winter, my first thought was it might be cold induced urticaria. Wikipedia page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_urticaria

Has she tried antihistamines to help? My daughter had something similar, (horrible eczema) and the doctor said to use the Neutrogena T-gel as a soap on the affected areas. (That horribly smelly stuff that has blue lettering on the bottle.) It worked very well and the eczema was gone.

December 23, 2008 6:47 PM  
Blogger danielle said...

Oh your poor niece. That sounds so uncomfortable. I don't have eczema, but can sympathize as I have dry sensitive skin. For lotion, the best I've found is Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Cooling Menthol. This is great for my hands in winter. Its the only lotion that doesn't burn my hands more.

I've heard good things about Cetaphil, but that has parabens (a type of preservative) to which I'm allergic. So, for my face, I've found Avalon Organics Lavender Facial Cleansing Milk and Lavender Daily Moisturizer to be gentle, nonreacitve and nondrying. Unfortunately, I've only seen it at Whole Foods.

December 23, 2008 7:51 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

i had terrible eczema when i was her age-i have no clue what we used though. i will ask my mom and let you know...

December 23, 2008 10:46 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Has she tried Aquaphor ointment?

December 23, 2008 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I occasionally get the eczema thing on my hands this time of year and I've had great success with Aquaphor ointment.

December 24, 2008 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds weird, but utter cream works awesome. I believe one of the brand names is Utterly Smooth. I'm sure it will be easy to find in Amish country.

December 24, 2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger John said...

I have it too, and I get it in the oddest places. This won't help, but I've had to go to a dermatologist for it, and prescription creams and the like are the only things that have ever helped me. For a short-term fix, try what everybody else said. These things don't work for me for much longer than a few hours, but hopefully it'll work for your niece.

December 25, 2008 11:11 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

my son (3yo) has it really bad on his hands, especially in winter. peeling skin, bloody, the whole shebang. his doc prescribed triamcinolone combined with eucering cream (the pharmacist mixed them) and it has completely healed his hands. we started out with three times a day, and now i apply it once a day just to keep the dryness away. not very expensive, either. good luck!

December 31, 2008 9:42 AM  

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