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Old 06-16-2020, 11:28 PM
 
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For some reason, I only get eczema on my hands and they only go away if I use a steroid cream prescribed by my dermatologist. If I don't use it, it gets pretty bad and my hands look like they have a disease. It can even get "weepy" and the sores will open and it's not only unsightly, it also gets pretty painful. My steroid cream is pretty old, it expired about a year ago. I can still use it for a while but I'm thinking it might not be as effective in a year or two. It would be great if I didn't have to rely on this steroid cream. I've tried OTC eczema creams before but they often make it worse. Has any worked for you?
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Old 06-17-2020, 05:09 AM
 
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For some reason, I only get eczema on my hands and they only go away if I use a steroid cream prescribed by my dermatologist. If I don't use it, it gets pretty bad and my hands look like they have a disease. It can even get "weepy" and the sores will open and it's not only unsightly, it also gets pretty painful. My steroid cream is pretty old, it expired about a year ago. I can still use it for a while but I'm thinking it might not be as effective in a year or two. It would be great if I didn't have to rely on this steroid cream. I've tried OTC eczema creams before but they often make it worse. Has any worked for you?
I still use ancient steroid cream when I have breakouts. The key is to try to stop getting it in the first place. I have stopped buying the foaming soaps. They seem to dry out my hands far worse than liquid soap, and I think liquid soap is supposed to be more effective anyway. I just use regular hand creams or lotions with shea butter.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:25 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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A couple points--


Steroid creams don't go bad over time.


Eczema is not a diagnosis, it's a description (Greek for "rash")….It's caused by the immune system being activated in an unwanted way by an auto-immune process, by an infection (usually fungal), by a chemical exposure (soap, scented product etc) or by trauma (rubbing inside gloves and such).


If it's only on your hands, the chemical exposure or trauma causes become suspiciously more likely.


Your condition could be caused just by repeated "wet/dry" cycles- frequent hand washing or rinsing dries out the skin. It cracks and gets irritated or infected. Don't wash your hands so much and use any cheapo hand cream that contains lanolin, if that's the case.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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My hands were really, really bad yr. before last (it started after the ins. co. switched my thyroid med. to a generic - The skin was cracked open and bleeding - my Dr. prescribed a steroid ointment but sent me to a Derm. just in case who took swabs to make sure it wasn't fungal. What helped when I didn't use the steroid (I really wanted to limit that) - was slathering on petroleum jelly and cheapo white cotton gloves (got a large pack for a reasonable price on Amazon) - worth trying as petroleum jelly is certainly cheap and safe. Good luck.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:49 AM
 
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Your condition could be caused just by repeated "wet/dry" cycles- frequent hand washing or rinsing dries out the skin. It cracks and gets irritated or infected. Don't wash your hands so much and use any cheapo hand cream that contains lanolin, if that's the case.
This definitely contributes to the problem, but recommending not handwashing during a pandemic is probably not a great idea.

I have used ALL of the hand creams with varying levels of success. For bad eczema, the Rx is the only thing to get rid of it in my experience. However, once it it under control, it is more a matter of trying to ward it off with good moisturizing (but not too much), barriers such as vinyl gloves for cooking/washing dishes, etc. I personally can't tolerate products with lanolin or latex gloves, so you may need to try a few things to see what is most effective for you.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:04 AM
 
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You might want to sit out in the sun for a bit a couple of times a week. I have eczema on my face only and I sit in the sun now at least once a week, in a bathing suit, about a half hour on each side. It almost clears up completely. I read it has something to do with controlling a chemical that causes inflammation. It is also a great way to get Vit D. No sunscreen (however I keep makeup with SPF on my face) and it still works. It is the allover sun exposure.
UVB therapy is often prescribed for eczema. Sitting in the sun during the noontime hrs (when UVB is at it's peak) works best.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:58 AM
 
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You might want to sit out in the sun for a bit a couple of times a week. I have eczema on my face only and I sit in the sun now at least once a week, in a bathing suit, about a half hour on each side. It almost clears up completely. I read it has something to do with controlling a chemical that causes inflammation. It is also a great way to get Vit D. No sunscreen (however I keep makeup with SPF on my face) and it still works. It is the allover sun exposure.
UVB therapy is often prescribed for eczema. Sitting in the sun during the noontime hrs (when UVB is at it's peak) works best.
That's a good idea but there's barely any sun where I'm at most of the year.

I do use the bathroom a lot because I try to stay hydrated. I forget to try and not wash the back of my hands since that part doesn't get dirty anyway and it's where I get eczema. I do use a Shea butter cream that helps a lot. Vaseline makes my hands worse. I'll have to start using gloves to do the dishes.

My friend said her ex-bf has eczema and he didn't use anything on it. It was pretty bad for a while but it ended up going away on its own. I don't think I could wait that long though. It's very uncomfortable.
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Old 06-17-2020, 11:09 AM
 
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I occasionally get eczema on my knees and elbows. Apple cider vinegar lightly sprayed on them will clear them up when nothing else works. You probably already have ACV on hand. It’s worth a try. O’Keefe’s working hands is a wonderful cream that helps heal dry cracked hand.
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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That's a good idea but there's barely any sun where I'm at most of the year.

I do use the bathroom a lot because I try to stay hydrated. I forget to try and not wash the back of my hands since that part doesn't get dirty anyway and it's where I get eczema. I do use a Shea butter cream that helps a lot. Vaseline makes my hands worse. I'll have to start using gloves to do the dishes.

My friend said her ex-bf has eczema and he didn't use anything on it. It was pretty bad for a while but it ended up going away on its own. I don't think I could wait that long though. It's very uncomfortable.
Do some research on using coconut oil for your condition and also search with Monolaurin. If you use those antiseptic sanitizers they make it all worse...
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:23 PM
 
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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This is totally anecdotal and I don't think there's any real medical research on it at all but, there are people who claim they've been helped with NuSkin's glacial marine mud. I used to sell that brand, it's an MLM and their products were pretty good but I got sick of the marketing and pressure to find more consultants so I got out of it. I liked their mud but don't have eczema so I can't give you anything other than "what some people say."

At worst, you'll have a decent mud mask. At best, it'll relieve some of the redness and peeling.
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