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Old 05-27-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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Smile eczema

I have a patch of it behind my knee. Is there anything over the counter or a home remedy I can use to make it go away? I can't really afford a dermatologist visit right now even though I have insurance... isn't that sad?

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Old 05-28-2006, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: eczema

i have the same question. i read somewhere that the best way is keep it moisturized. i got this stuff at kmart called Dermarest Eczema long lasting moisturizer. it helps to keep it under control, but hasen't made it go away for me.

Old 05-28-2006, 10:58 PM   #3
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Re: eczema

If you're sure it's eczema, then hydrocortisone cream is readily available OTC at any drug store.

Old 05-28-2006, 11:27 PM   #4
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Re: eczema

I've had mild eczema on my fingertips and knuckles on and off for years. It seems to break out when I am under stress. The skin gets rough and can crack - can be painful. When it does come out, I have not found hydrocortisone or anything over the counter to be helpful in the long run.

You have to get some prescription medicine. Currently I use Triamcinolone Acetonide cream, 0.1%. Over the years others have been prescribed for me, but this one works and is relatively inexpensive. It is actually covered by my insurance, but from what I understand even if it were not it is inexpensive compared to some other treatment creams.

As far as moisturizers, there is one called Aquaphor Original Ointment that the doctors gave to me that I believe is available over the counter as well. They recommended this in addition to the prescription cream.

Whenever I have a little outbreak, which isn't even that often, just one or two days of the Triamcinolone clears it all up.

Old 05-28-2006, 11:51 PM   #5
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Re: eczema

Yeah, triamcinolone is a lot stronger than hydrocortisone. For me, I find I need it for my hands, particularly the thumbs. All other eczema seems to disappear under maximum strength OTC hydrocortisone (1%).

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Old 05-29-2006, 12:15 AM   #6
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Re: eczema

Yup sometimes I have gone on trips such as to Las Vegas and forgotten my triamcinolone. If you gamble, Vegas can definitely be stressful! So, if the eczema breaks out and my fingertips are cracked, no hydrocortisone seems to help.

Back home, break out the triam (of course, the stress factor is gone by then too so that can't hurt), and the eczema vanishes quickly.

Old 05-29-2006, 08:35 PM   #7
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Re: eczema

LAVENDER OIL. it really helps with getting the eczema to setting down. it also calms you down!

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