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Eczema - How to cope with scratching?
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I’ve had eczema all my life but is comes and goes. As I’ve got older it’s come back and is really quite painful. The weather plays some part in it but my scratching is a real issue. I wake up in the night and scratch, I get up in the morning and scratch, I get out the bath and put moisturiser on and scratch, I put my steroid creams in a sun scratch. I’m 28 and it’s just not W good look when I’m constantly scratching, I do it without realising when I’m at work.
Has anyone any advice for me? I do think it’s weather and stress related.
Also what moisturiser do you use? I try to keep my skin moisturised but it irritates my skin even more, the docs have given me 3 different moisturisers over the years but they still make me itch! HELP!!
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@Gemoxxogem Hello Gemoxxogem, thank you for opening this discussion. Dealing with the itch that comes with eczema and resisting the temptation to scratch is a significant challenge! Let me tag some other members who can possibly share their tips with you.
Hello everyone, how are you today? How do you deal with the scratching caused by your eczema? Have you found a good moisturiser or anti-itch remedy?
@Rina19 @rachelmcmillan @Jo6/1/64 @Beeimran027 @BethanPhillips89 @Amzfin @Lorimer @Carl_B @ToastedStardust @ChloeS @alicog29 @19Tony73 @CarlyChapman @Jola24 @Olivia123 @Rainbow195757
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@Gemoxxogem have you tried any Itch relief creams like diprobase itch relief or e45 itch relief? They seem to work intermittently for me but worth a shot!
@Gemoxxogem - I've found hot water to make my skin a lot worse. Also too much moisturiser can make the itch worse. I've been recommended to only use Dove sensitive soap when showering or having a bath. Anything like Oilatum can exacerbate the itch. It's so difficult with eczema, as you never know when it will flare. I've had a bad flare up recently so can empathise with everyone in this position. Take care all of you sufferers out there.
Hi all, itch relief creams made my skin worse 🤦🏽♀️ So annoying. I do have really hot baths, maybe I’ll try a warm one and see if it makes a difference, I’ve been using nivea because it used to be the only thing I could use in the bath but that’s not working to keep it at bay anymore, I’ve tried dove body wash too but again that aggravated me even more. I’ve tried aveeno the green one which smelt like oats but that was a no go 🤦🏽♀️ Thanks for your advice though
Hi @Gemoxxogem , i feel the same about my eczema. Once it’s flared only strong steroids help which thin the skin more. Any emollient is too painful to use. Only thing I find really helps is rest. Then have guilt of scratching to deal with as it’s so hard to resist. I am thinking of seeing a eczema psychologist to see if can finally make a break through with my skin. Has anyone else had experience of doing this? Thanks.x
I am dealing with this right now. I just had to use steroid cream on my eyes for the first time due to eyelid eczema and now I’ve stopped I can feel the itch coming back. I’m having really bad itching and flare ups around my neck and insides of my arms and they just don’t go away. Once I stop using the steroid cream they keep coming back. :(
i have eczema and rosacea on forehead , I also have eczema on the back of both legs. I was discharged from the hospital after they recommended lazer treatment I am using, which was declined due to cost. now i am not having any treatments due to the covid crisis. so basically I am struggling until the doctor can be bothered to see me again, until then, I am using zero cream and Nivea moisturizing cream .
like many my hospital appointments have now been changed to phone calls, I was recently asked to email a photo of my skin that wasn't healing, possibly due to me being on blood thinners, the wounds do not heal and turn to pink scabs that require Daktacort Xemacort creams to heal them.
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singing poet man
i usually use a cold compress or if it’s cold go outside to calm to burning.
I am having a flare up of eczema accompanied by terrible itching. I am 59 years old and have had eczema all of my life. I do not feel that there is enough help for sufferers.
Hi cold compress works keeping ice packs in the freezer.
I've got pre loaded zinc bandages I bought online they help a bit
Had a skin infection couple of weeks ago got anti biotics steroid and anti histamine.
This is my worst flare up it's not healing & I'm on the scratch cycle and can't get out of it.
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