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Old 08-22-2013, 08:04 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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My BF has 2 large patches of this kind of skin on his body. Cortizone cream has been tried without much success. He ha a dr appt, but not until Oct. Anyone know anything better?

He scratches so often to the point where the skin starts to bleed. I hate seeing him in such torture.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Has he tried Aloe?
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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How miserable. If he has not tried it already, I would try benedryl cream, or Sarna. Your pharmacist might be able to recommend a good OTC cream too. And aloe is a great suggestion, cheap and easy to try.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Benadryl cream.

I had a horrid case of swimmers' itch a few years ago and that one definitely helped more than anything else I tried.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I'd ask a pharmacist if anything works better than cortisone, but in my experience, that's been the most effective OTC cream for relieving itching.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Have you tried a lanolin product like Bag-balm?

My other thought is a lidocaine salve.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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Try arnica gel. I use one made by Boiron and it's good for lots of things like bug bites, assorted itches, bruises, sore muscles, etc. Amazon has it.

Also, it might be a yeast infection or fungus of some kind. Might try Lotrimin, it's over the counter as well. He probably should not use it on broken skin; check the instructions.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Banophen, works great, recommended by the Veterans Administration.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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Try calendula (some kind of cream or tincture containing it). Check the helath food store or Whole Foods.
I have also had great success with...are you ready for this:

Toe Juice.

Yes, it's a real product and it cleared up my eczema. I get it at Walgreens in the foot care section, but use it mainly on my face. Google it. It has a website.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Warren County and loving it!
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I use noxema. That helps me when I have itchy skin.
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