OATMEAL ECZEMA?! no, not oatmeal FOR eczema... my LO is super-sensitive to many things (can't even use pure aloe or safflower oil on her), but even so i was shocked to learn that she has a skin allergy to oatmeal, which is one of the main ingredients in the lotion we've been using on her. after discontinuing use of this product, her itching diminished significantly, and she showed marked improvement in the softness and clarity of her skin. i never would have guessed that oatmeal could be the culprit, but if it was for my baby maybe it could be for others too... God bless all of you who are dealing with this condition!!!!
The problem comes from inside the body. You can apply topicals to soothe it and dry it up, but you need to get at the root cause. Yeast has been mentioned and eating yogurt. Why this helps is that it starts with the intestinal walls and the bacterial and tight cellular barriers that prevent alien proteins from leaking out of the gut. Yogurt helps restore that but take a potent probiotic capsule or tablet also. Yogurt does not have enough to restore good bacteria. Also try, and research by Googling, the problems gluten allergies and intolerances cause for the skin. Eczema is one of them. I have given up most grains, sometimes use gluten free products. But some gluten free products are overrefined, empty carbs and you do not need them. The body has a limited ability to process carbs before it eventually stores them as fat. Too many starchy carbs (which are just sugar when the body processes them) also help yeast overgrowth which another poster mentioned. I did this and have gotten rid of most of my widespread eczema. Just a tiny patch next to my right eyebrow now.
i use alcohol + pure aloe vera leaf + drink yogurt.
Eczema treatment for elbows, knees, and skin patches that works really well is application of Crisco Oil. Yes, the cooking shortening. It is far better than many of the creams, lotions, and steroid based ointments out there.
It can be messy, but a set of cotton pajamas can take care of that problem. Treat at night, and a week later, resolution of symptoms is obvious.
Thanks for all the useful suggestions.
I first got eczema when I was 18 and it lasted a few months. I only get occasional small and manageable flare ups now but recently had a bigger flare up on my arm and stomach (I think it was a reaction to a change in washing powder).
I did 3 things that made the itch go away and the flare up go after about a week:
1. I made a paste with the following natural ingredients which I applied regularly (not all the ingredients are easy to get hold of so do your own version):
Juice of an aloe vera leaf from a plant
Piece of a Papaya
Mash them all together into a paste and put in a sealed container in the fridge and apply regularly to moisten the affected area.
2. I added the following to a warm bath:
Aloe vera leaves from a plant
Helps moisturise and feels like a treat!
3. Replaced cow and soya milk with hemp, almond, quinoa or oat milk and made a drink from the Indian herb and fruit paste; chywanaprash (supposed to aide the immune system)
All that said: I cannot recommend enough that you try and get an aloe vera plant! If you can get hold of one they are hardy and resistant and grow more of themselves and so you could have an endless supply!
Tip: I always water mine with either boiled water or rain water for less impurities.
Hope that helps and good luck!
I hate to sound like an informercial but I've tried all kinds of lotions and oinments and remedies listed here and on a whim used an all-heal salve I bought to put on some bug bites. All-heal is right. When I put it on my eczema any pain went away immediately and the really bad spots became significantly less weepy. I've only used it for one day and I'm in love. It smells great, works wonders and has many other uses too (like I said, I bought it for bug bites). It's hand-made in Canada using all natural materials and even comes in a package made of recycled metal. I got it for $15 for a 100mL tin which may seem a little expensive but a little goes a long way.
Last but not least, the name of the actual product! It is called Green Wisdom All-Heal Salve and is made by Butterfly Weed Herbals and those in Toronto can find it in Grass Roots either in the Annex or on the Danforth.
I've been battling eczema since i was 17 ( I am now 26) and i found that George's Skin Cream.. actually really works.
I wash my face every night and and put some of that stuff on and in the morning it is less red and almost completely gone.
You can pick this cream up at Shoppers Drug Mart. :)
My two year old daughter has eczema so bad on her feet and legs, I have tried every cream and home remedy that I read. I tried the doctor creams and nothing worked. I was at a loss. Yesterday she got a hold of my Palmer's cocoa butter formula massage cream for stretch marks and put it on her feet. This morning I woke up and it is no longer cracked and bleeding, and the leathery texture is gone. So I put some more on her and a few hours later the redness is gone. It has never looked this good ever, and she has had eczema since she was 6 months. I never would have thought to use stretch mark cream on her. I am glad it is working and I hope that it will work for you too.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! To all that have submitted remedies. My 15 year old daugther has been battling eczema since she was two. It finally got the best of her the other day as she was crying that she did not want to go to school because of the flair up around her lips and on her legs. I found this website and we are trying a few new things that seem to be working. The fresh lemon sugar scrub is making her lips look much smoother and healthier along with Burt's Bees lip balm. We are using sea salts in her bath and Bactrine topical, 1% hydrocortizone with CereVe on her legs. I am hoping to get them clear enough to start using apple cider vinegar and CereVe. She is now takng zinc and probiotic yogurt daily. Thank you again for all of your ideas. Looking forward to seeing my daughter happy and healthy again
I've had varying degrees of eczema on my fingers, back of my hands, and knuckles for some time.
It disapeared on one hand after I broke the hand and had it in a cast for two months.
I couldn't scratch the itch, and that seems to have done the trick.
But I still had it on my other hand, and really wasn't interested in breaking it to cure the ecxema.
So I scratched, and watched it get worse then better then worse, in a never ending cycle.
The steroids from the doctor helped marginally.
Recently, I noticed that the ecxema was diminshed significantly, for no apparant reason.
So I examined recent changes in my life, and lo and behold, the only thing of note is that I recently began to eat yogurt once a day, not as a cure for anything, but just because it seemed like relatively healthy snack.
I never thought of putting the two together until I cxame across an article suggesting that yogurt might be a beneficial treatment for ecxema.
I'm going to stick with the daily yogut from now on.