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 Post subject: need some eczema advice
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:12 am 

Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:52 am
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I have had eczema on and off for my whole life, in various areas :) I had a really bad fare-up a few years ago that was related to my undiagnosed food allergies, and when I identified the culprits, it settled down a lot. I still get itchy spots on two fingers, usually if I have eaten something questionable.

Lately though, I have been having a bad flare-up behind my ears. I have never had eczema there before, and I have examined it carefully---it is actually eczema, not 'dandruff'' there is some flaking, but there is also redness and wet rashy spots. It has become quite bothersome. I have tried the various potions I have at home, to no avail---I had hydrocortizone ointment which had in the past been prescribed for my eyes hence is weaker than typical hydrocortizone cream, and it did not work. I cannot use regular hydrocortizone cream because I had a reaction to it. I also bought an over-the-counter tar cream that claims to treat 'scaling on the scalp and ears' and it made a difference for a day or so, but when I stopped using it, the problem came back. Plus, the cream really stings!

Does this sound like it might be food-related, as my other eczema issues were? has anyone had any luck treating this sort of thing before? My doctor's office is really out of the way, so I would like to avoid a visit there if possible.

Asthma and eczema
Drug allergy (succinylcholine)
Food (corn, raw apples, green beans, tree nuts, flax)
Misc (pollen, grass, mold, dogs, cats)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:35 am 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 2044
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Hard to say. Did you change shampoos or any other similar product recently? New glasses? Earrings? Obviously it could be food, but could be lots of other things as well. I find I am really really itchy this winter, and don't have any known food allergies.

I would take the time to see a doc, personally. I have one bad spot (on a finger) that gets really bad and only one other product and/or Protopic seems to help. These are definitely not OTC products, though... a prescription is needed.


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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