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    Do many on the board suffer with eczema? My hands get much worse when I sew a lot. Has anyone found anything that works really good? I too, have 3 different kinds of creams with steeoids and I still have flare-ups. I've tried being careful with what I eat, being in the sun, staying out of the sun, drinking lots of water etc. but nothing seems to make a difference.

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    There was a thread about this yesterday and said to wash your fabric at least 5 times to get rid of all the dyes, etc. Have you tried this? I'd think it would be worth a try.

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    My husband has Eczema and he has suffered with it for years. But since his transplant and anti-rejection drugs, it has mostly disappeared. It seems the drugs that keep him from rejecting also keep his skin from "rejecting" in lumps and bumps, which is the eczema (at least this is the way I understand it works). The best cream/lotion he used was lotion with ammonium lactate. It's rather expensive and could only get it from the dermatologist, but it works pretty good. I still use it on a couple dry patches on my face and like the way it works. You might ask the dermatologist about the rejection drugs and see if they would work for you. Hubby had tried them before transplant and they did help some.

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    I do wash my fabric but that's only part of the problem. I have it all over.

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    My husband has it like you (all over). I ordered a lavender olive oil soap for him and it does help. I use only scent free laundry soap and don't use fabric sheets in the drier. I use unscented fabric softener since I was told there's something besides the scent in the fabric sheets that can make it worse. You can get the soaps and shampoos at freederm online. Also his dermatologist suggested soap from goats milk which I'm going to try when he runs out of this soap. A good ointment that is over the counter is aquaphor.

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    <http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...sl_d4dz01ifl_e>

    I have really bad eczema and the only thing I've ever found that actually clears it up is Inifinite Aloe. If the Amazon link doesn't take you to the page for it just search Infinite Aloe on the web site.

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    I do but not that bad, I just use eucerin cream or cetafil, and unscented laudry soap and body wash, I do have scented fabric softener but have found one that doesn't irritate me. I like Melaleucas laundry products, very gentle

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    I priced the Infinite Aloe but it's expensive. I have so many jars of things thast don't work I hate to invest in more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt
    I priced the Infinite Aloe but it's expensive. I have so many jars of things thast don't work I hate to invest in more.
    It may be on the pricy side but it really does work. I get huge, nasty spots of eczema every winter and the Infinite Aloe will cure a spot in just a couple of weeks. I decided I would rather spend my money on something that really does work instead of wasting it on tons of stuff that doesn't work. One 8 ounce jar lasts me close to a year if I just use it on the areas that are the driest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose
    My husband has Eczema and he has suffered with it for years. But since his transplant and anti-rejection drugs, it has mostly disappeared. It seems the drugs that keep him from rejecting also keep his skin from "rejecting" in lumps and bumps, which is the eczema (at least this is the way I understand it works). The best cream/lotion he used was lotion with ammonium lactate. It's rather expensive and could only get it from the dermatologist, but it works pretty good. I still use it on a couple dry patches on my face and like the way it works. You might ask the dermatologist about the rejection drugs and see if they would work for you. Hubby had tried them before transplant and they did help some.
    The "rejection drugs" that you are talking about are immunosuppressants which means they suppress your immune system. These drugs are used for the most serious cases of any dermatological disorders. It opens the user up to an increased risk for infections and slow healing of wounds. I know this because I have psoriasis so severe that over 10% of my body is affected. I have every cream in the world, take immunosuppressant medication and also take the Humira injections just to keep it an acceptable level.

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