Looking for suggestions (Allergy-Dry-Sensitive-Eczema)
I'm looking for any suggestions as to how to counter this issue my wife has been having with her skin.
Before she moved here, her skin was fine, (with the in the no-cat and very humid environment) but up north it is very, very dry for her skin, and we are currently forced to live with cats (in another part of the house; although I'm aware it doesn't make much of a difference with cat dander).
She has been (1 1/2 years) experiencing very itchy and painful eczema rashes that fluctuate up and down, derived I think from allergies from cats and the dryness. It is usually on the arms, neck and cheeks. It is a constant problem and is pretty much ruining her, and since we are unable to afford moving out for the time being, I am looking for any suggestions.
What she uses that helps:
--Currently pieces of Alo Vera plant that helps slightly calm the itchiness.
--She uses Aqua-vera for moisture. It has worked better so far than any other moisturiser.
--Lots of water of course.
--Mittens to stop itching at night
What has not worked very well (if at all):
--Spectro eczema care
--Aleve allergy pills
--Benedryl reduces the itchiness, but does not do anything else but make her sleepy
--Some type of special eczema cream used on babies, recommended by a cosmetic lady, did nothing sadly
--Golds Bond worked in the south, but up north isn't enough
There were many other brands, but I can't remember... perhaps if I see them in any suggestions I'll remember.
Now I know the general consensus is something along the lines of, "Don't live with cats," but like I've said it's not an option at the moment. So any tips from those who know or have ever actually experienced bad (not the mild stuff people always complain about and fright over it seems, even though it's usually not a fraction as bad), will surely help. I'm just looking for something to get her through this temporary issue.