Eczema - How do you control it?

February 7, 2013 7:41pm CST
I have had eczema for four years now at it has always been an annoying problem. It doesn't severely cripple you, but living with it can be simply unbearable at times with the constant itch and the dry inflamed skin. After having it for so long I realise that there is perhaps no single magical cure that would remedy eczema and its symptoms, and that each individual must find his own skincare regime that best helps his eczema. I would like to hear from people who have the same condition (atopic dermatitis) and what you do to handle it! For me, its basically moisturizing often, showering with cold water, taking antihistamines at night to stop the itch, and avoiding inflammatory foods.
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@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
8 Feb 13
My husband's cousin also has eczema. And he does what you have actually mentioned. At least he got used to the daily ritual of putting the corticosteroid creams and avoiding food that may trigger the itchiness of the skin. I am not sure that there is anything that can be done.
• United States
8 Feb 13
You may have already tried this...but herbs can work wonders for some people when it comes to skin conditions. I love herbs and I have seen them help out with many skin ailments. Herbs were pretty much the medicine that was used back in ancient times, every culture utilized them when it came to healing. As for skin conditions, you probably know about chamomile, lavender, and peppermint being that they are used in most skin products. But, from my knowledge you may want to check out Comfrey Leaves. They have an ingredient that is called Allantoin which is not found in many of our foods. Because of this Comfrey Leaves have been proven to help speed up the healing process with most ailments. I would suggest using all natural herbs on your skin whether you soak in them or just use natural oil :) I sell herbal bath bags which is why I am a bit knowledgeable on the subject, but you can easily pick up a bottle of lavender oil at your nearest health store or herbal shop:) Also...peppermint is a good herb to try and is grown all over America which means you could find it cheap:) But, with its minty properties I would think it could be aggravating. I am no doctor and I have never sold herbal baths to somebody who told me they had eczema but I have sold many to people who have skin irritations such as rashes, bruising, acne, and inflammation. And herbal remedies helped out most of them, so it may be worth a shot for you. There are so many herbs out there! You may just find one that helps you out:) I hope this helps:)If you have any questions for me you can email me at
8 Feb 13
Thanks for the information! I've not heard of comfrey leaves being used before, but have tried other similar natural remedies - rose hip oil/oatmeal with honey etc. Right now I'm giving Epsom bath salts a try - if that doesn't work i'll try the leaves! I also take some herbs with anti-inflammatory properties too (cayenne pepper, paprika etc) and it does seem to be helping :)
• Singapore
4 Apr 13
Me too ! I have been suffering from itchiness on my upper back of my body and my scalp for years ! Moisturizers and cold water do not work on me. Sigh.. but recently, my mother gave me a bottle of oil . I am not sure what it is called though. In malay, it is named as "Minyak Kayu Putih" . If I translate it to english, it sounds as "White Wood Oil" . Is there such a term? :) Anyway, I have been using it for a week now. After cold shower, I put this oil on my back. It feels soo cool ! And the itchiness subsides . Thank God.