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Old 06-22-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Eczema

About 6 months ago I got 2 little dots on my foot. It itched like crazy. It itched so bad I had to use my back scratcher to scratch it (and still do). Before I knew it, these 2 little dots spread to about 1/4 of my foot. Now it's dry and cracked. At one point I scratched it so much, clear pus came out of it. It also would bleed and an area on my foot is cut from scratching. It itches and when I scratch it, it hurt.

I've been to my doctor twice who gave me two different types of creams (Mometasone Furoate and Betamethasone DP Augm). Neither worked. Now she's sending me to a dermatologist but because we live in a small town, there isn't any specialist in this area. A dermatologist comes this way (from the city a few hours away) a few times a month and they are booked for months.

Maybe if the itching wasn't there, it might heal.

Any suggestions on what I can use before I see the dermatologist? Did I damage my skin from itching it and making it bleed? What do you think he/she can do that my doctor didn't?

I never had eczema before. What causes it?

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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Re: Eczema

Okay, number one is, [B]stop scratching[/B]. That's the reason it's opening up and bleeding.

Use over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl or Zyrtec. If they don't clear up the rash, they'll at least stop the itching. Propping up your foot and sticking an ice pack behind your knee may also ease the burning.

If it's hot and sticky out, try to go barefoot around the house. If you can't go barefoot, wear clean cotton socks washed in a gentle detergent and rinsed well. You may benefit from moisturizing immediately after you shower. I use plain Vaseline on my hands and feet.

Where on your foot is the rash?

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:39 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=janewhite1;4784225]Okay, number one is, [B]stop scratching[/B]. That's the reason it's opening up and bleeding.

Use over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl or Zyrtec. If they don't clear up the rash, they'll at least stop the itching. Propping up your foot and sticking an ice pack behind your knee may also ease the burning.

If it's hot and sticky out, try to go barefoot around the house. If you can't go barefoot, wear clean cotton socks washed in a gentle detergent and rinsed well. You may benefit from moisturizing immediately after you shower. I use plain Vaseline on my hands and feet.

Where on your foot is the rash?[/QUOTE]

Thank you for your reply.

The 2 dots started out on my left foot about an inch under my big toe. Now it's about 2 inches under my big toe, on the side of my foot and under my foot about an inch under my big toe.

My husband told me not to scratch it but it inches so bad that I need to scratch it. I can't help it. I did use calamine lotion but that didn't help with the inching.

I don't understand why the 2 creams my doctor prescribed for me didn't work. I hope the dermatologist can help.

 
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Re: Eczema

Both of those creams are topical steroids, which are usually helpful for eczema, but not always.

Antihistamine pills, that's your best bet. And keep your hands busy, so you aren't tempted to scratch. Or, we could just cut your fingernails super-short, like a kid with chicken pox

 
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[QUOTE=janewhite1;4784250]Both of those creams are topical steroids, which are usually helpful for eczema, but not always.

Antihistamine pills, that's your best bet. And keep your hands busy, so you aren't tempted to scratch. Or, we could just cut your fingernails super-short, like a kid with chicken pox [/QUOTE]

LOL Thanks. I don't think my fingernails are the problem. I need to hide my backscratcher. LOL

 
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I posted some pictures in my album of my eczema. If you're not too gross out by looking at my foot, please let me know if this looks like eczema to you.

Thanks,

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[QUOTE=Bernice;4784271]I posted some pictures in my album of my eczema. If you're not too gross out by looking at my foot, please let me know if this looks like eczema to you.

Thanks,

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[IMG]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/picture.php?albumid=256&pictureid=874[/IMG]

 
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Re: Eczema

Yeah, that looks like eczema. It seems more like an irritation feeding on itself reaction rather than an allergic rash. Could be your skin's cracking from sheer dryness. Do you possibly live in the Southwest? That's about the only place in the USA where a person normally needs moisturizer this time of year.

It's possible your skin doesn't like something in one of the creams you were prescribed. Calamine probably won't help, nor will topicals with alcohol in them, because alcohol is an astringent. You could try putting on Vaseline or a super-greasy moisturizer and then some nice thin comfortable socks and hanging out like that. Don't let the foot get too sweaty and overheated, but don't let the skin be dry, either.

 
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