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Old 02-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Wool Longies/Lanolin make eczema worse?

Do wool covers/longies make eczema worse? Or is it the lanolin in the wool? Or both? Just wondering if this current eczema outbreak and our recent use of wool again is a coincidence So many Mamas do so well with CJ's butter for treating eczema and it contains lanolin so who knows?!? Maybe it is the wool . . . or like I said, a coincidence?!?!

ETA: Do any of you wash your wool in conditioner to soften it?

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
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It could be in your case. In ours lanolin makes eczema go away. But I understand eczema is one of those things that varies a ton from person to person. Like heartburn and headaches!

You could try a patch test of Lanisoh. If it doesn't make a problem and even helps the eczema heal, it may be another ingredient?
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Re: Wool Longies/Lanolin make eczema worse?

Our allergist said that under a microscope wool looks like barbed wire. I'm not sure if there are wool blends that might not be that harsh. What type of wool are you using?
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Are you using a scented wool wash? It might be a reaction to scents. Both of my boys have eczema but usually on their cheeks or arms. The longies and lanolin always makes their legs feel softer to me.
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Are you using a scented wool wash? It might be a reaction to scents. Both of my boys have eczema but usually on their cheeks or arms. The longies and lanolin always makes their legs feel softer to me.
Nope, unscented wool wash and regular lanolin.
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Our allergist said that under a microscope wool looks like barbed wire. I'm not sure if there are wool blends that might not be that harsh. What type of wool are you using?
Disana wool soaker seems to be okay (I think) but our Aristocrats knit longies were not okay. Now that may be just b/c the longies cover up the area where the eczema is and the Disana is just above it.
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Re: Wool Longies/Lanolin make eczema worse?

IDK but my youngest and my DD's skin does better with wool. My youngest has it the worst of all 3 and when I put on freshly lanolized longies his skin looks perfect.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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It really depends on the kid. My 3rd had truly terrible eczema all over his legs when we used wool longies (even super soft ones washed in unscented wash only) and we only realized that was the trigger when we switched to wool soakers or Flip covers. My 4th gets mild eczema that gets much better with lanolin. My 5th seems to be sensitive to lanolin so wool didn't work for us even though the breathability was nice.
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Re: Wool Longies/Lanolin make eczema worse?

Well, I am hoping that all wool is not the same because I have a pair of interlock longies that I bought new and lanolized, but when I draped it over my arm, it felt prickly. I had DS1 put his arm through the pant leg without telling him why, and after half a minute, he said it was itchy, so I never put it on the baby. I am holding out hope that there is a super soft brand that will work for us.

Baby's skin is perfect right now. I am nervous mess around with wool and irritate him. He gets itchy around his belly and ankles.

I have thought about trying disana, but hesitate to invest too much in wool that might not work for him. Does disana feel irritating on your skin if you put your arm through it?

Maybe someone else has some suggestions.
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It's probably the wool wash. My guy is very sensitive and we wear wool daily. But when I traded for some, he totally broke out. I rewashed and he's been fine.
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