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Children's Health board

Hello! I can very well relate to the agony of watching a child suffer with excema. I have a daughter who is now four years old. She has had severe excema since she was three days old. Her skin would become so bad that it would break open and bleed even before she was old enough to scratch. She was diagnosed with a milk allergy at 6 mos. old and as switched to Prosobee formula. Her skin was clear in two days. She still suffers from many different and ever changing food allergies. Some cause suddle symptoms and some like peanuts and fish/shellfish she has to carry an "Epi-pen" for. So I know what it is to battle tough, re-occuring excema.

I read that you have had allergy testing done. I am quite familiar with the whole process. They are very useful and quite sensitive, however, they do have their faults. For example, my daughter is highly allergic to grass/skin contact and presently has excema pretty bad on her face and arms because she comes in contact with it at school. However, she has never tested positive for it in allergy testing. Also, we used to feed her fish all the time and have never had a problem with it, however, when she had fish tested in a scratch test on her back, the spot well so badly that it covered another test spot rendering the other sample unreadable. Just something to think about when ruling out food allergies. Just use your senses...if she reacts badly to something whether she tests positive or not, remove it from her diet/enviornment. Also keep in mind that food allergies can change. My daughter has had 4 foods removed from her list of allergies and 3 added over the past 2 years. Although it can be difficult especially as they get older and more independant, you just have to watch and be aware of their every move.

As for treatment, I've heard the pro's and con's of it all. My advice is just do what works best for you, and it may change from time to time as well. We are currently using a combination of Hydrocortizone Plus, Dye-free Benedryl (she's allergic to red dye), and Elocon Cream 1% (mometasone furoate cream). The Rx cream IS a cortiosteroid and we only use it sparingly on severe trouble areas (never on the face!). It seems to help to alleviate the serious itching and scaling within an hour or so, but the ONLY WAY to elliminate the rash it to find out what caused it and remove that from her. This will likely be a lifelong battle, you just have to learn what to watch for and educate your child!! They are much, much smarter than we give them credit for and will understand when you expalin what the rash is and what makes it appear/worse. They will do their part to avoid the misery even if it means giving up something they love. My daughter has made those decisions on her own many times and hasn't looked back. Just hang in there and teach them avoidance!