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Old 05-24-2017, 01:14 PM   #1
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Eczema (Atopic dermatitis) a single "flare up" will end right?

This seems like a silly question but... I understand that we can't necessarily cure eczema and just hope she will grow out of it but this flare up should "end" right?

DD is 3.5 years old and we are dealing with our first case of Eczema in the family. It's presenting classically mostly behind the knees and elbow.

It's been about 3 months since it started. The first month it was realizing it was more than just dry skin and then figuring out what we needed to do for it.

The last 1.5 months we have discovered that pure shea butter, twice a day, works pretty well at keeping it under control but it will look like its almost gone and then just come back without every disappearing completely. We also occasionally use over the counter hydrocortisone creme when it gets really red. Since its no longer dry season I'm just surprised it hanging on so strong, especially when it looks like its almost cured.

After more researching today, she only gets one bath a week so thinking of trying to increase that and maybe adding oatmeal to the bath as well.

But I just wanted to know that I wasn't silly thinking that this flare-up has gone on a while and that it should eventually disappear / since it hasn't disappeared we need to be doing more....

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Old 05-24-2017, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: Eczema (Atopic dermatitis) a single "flare up" will end right?

Persistent eczema is sometimes related to food intolerances. I don't have tons of eczema experience and I don't know if that's helpful to you but thought I'd throw it out there.
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Re: Eczema (Atopic dermatitis) a single "flare up" will end right?

Are you positive it's ecxema?
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Are you positive it's ecxema?
What else might it be? I haven't take her the Dr but it looks like it, it's presenting in the place it usually does for older kids, and it's not been easy to clear up...
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Persistent eczema is sometimes related to food intolerances. I don't have tons of eczema experience and I don't know if that's helpful to you but thought I'd throw it out there.
Thx for the reply, is three months presistent? I was going to exhaust other treatments before going to the diet path since it's a bit extreme.
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Thx for the reply, is three months presistent? I was going to exhaust other treatments before going to the diet path since it's a bit extreme.
I really don't know! I just know a couple kids that had eczema that wouldn't go away after trying a few different treatments, but it cleared up super fast when they cut out milk. One family was able to reintroduce milk a couple years later and kiddo did totally fine with it. Not sure on the other family because they moved.

Another family I know had a child with very severe eczema and it turned out he was allergic to their cat.

The only kiddo I have had personally with eczema has been one of the bonus kiddos...if I use the right kind of wash and stay on top of moisturazation (probably not a word lol) he does ok. So not a lot of help to you.
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Eczema can be tied to allergies or sensitivities. In our family, we have to be careful with detergents and soaps. Also, too much dairy, in some cases. We do have 3 known cases of milk allergy/sensitivity. I sometimes react to something environmental, but I've not been able to pinpoint what it is that causes the eczema in that case, as I have so many allergies.

You could try a food diary to see if you can figure out a trigger, or you can cut out the more common problem foods to see if there is any improvement. Also, calendula cream and coconut oil (not together, just those two things) work well for us.
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Eczema is normally a reaction to dairy or gluten. My middle child has it and normally correlates to dairy and soap. Pine tar soap is awesome for it along with a free and clear soap. Can you add a pic?


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What else might it be? I haven't take her the Dr but it looks like it, it's presenting in the place it usually does for older kids, and it's not been easy to clear up...
I used to get a fungal rash of some sort (similar to athlete's foot maybe?) On my cheeks when I was a kid. It was red, and could turn a little scaly looking at times. It had to be treated with antifungals to go away. You could try athlete's foot cream. It won't hurt her topically, and if it works, it's easier than diet changes.
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Thanks for the suggestions!! I will try diet if it continues. No one in my intimidate family has any food allergies, so less likely but obviously still possible. We don't have any furry pets (just a frog who lives in water, so more like a fish). We use scent free products (and no changes recently) Mostly wear cotton.

This morning it looked great! so here's hoping it is clearing.

The shea butter worked much better for us than that coconut oil (both plain and main ingredient in a homemade recipe). I was going to try California baby calendula cream as one option if needed. First is more baths w/ oat flour (which I already have)

No one has come out a said it but by your comments I think you all think this "flare up" should end eventually. Hopefully we figure it out soon.

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I used to get a fungal rash of some sort (similar to athlete's foot maybe?) On my cheeks when I was a kid. It was red, and could turn a little scaly looking at times. It had to be treated with antifungals to go away. You could try athlete's foot cream. It won't hurt her topically, and if it works, it's easier than diet changes.
Thanks for the suggestion, the hydrocortisone cream should take care of that too, but since the shea butter almost clears it I think its less likely.... I have read that eczema can get infected which is similar as well.
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