Eczema flare up made worse by showering

Eczema flare up made worse by showering

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London, UK

#1 Aug 8, 2013
I have had head to toe eczema for a number of years now- im under the dermatologist and they have never quite managed to get it under control beyond stopping the infections on my arms, hands and legs.
I think due to the heat my eczema has flared up all over my arms, legs and hand and back.
I have short luke warm/cool showers using doublebase shower gel but even after my skin is so itchy and sore it makes it worse.
Does anyone have any suggestions for what to do? As i know washing helps put moisture back in but it seems to be counter productive for my skin

London, UK

#2 Aug 22, 2013
Hi there Ellsaroo,

I notice that you're in the UK too.
I had a lot of problems with eczema because in the UK our water is so full of chlorine and is very hard. This caused for my skin to get extremely dry after I showered in this water.
I came across a great website, that I think you might be interested in. They sell shower water filters which remove hardness and chlorine from shower water. Leaving the water cleaner and without chemicals which used to dry out my skin. I've found it has helped a lot. Maybe it will help you too?

Good luck!

Walsall, UK

#3 Aug 24, 2013
It looks like you have a roblem with coping with heat in your body. You need to change your diet, no wheat, dairy, try eliminating one at a time.

Many things cause heat, not drinking enough water, eating citric fruits, houmous, chilli in food, acidity.

Its true that hard water can have a drying effect but, most people are able to cope with it.
If you get out of the shower, try putting onAloe Vera Gel to cool the skin down, then use a Tea Tree Ointment followed by a paw paw ointment to soothe the skin and protect it.

Try looking for eczema balms and cocoa body butters....should be 100% natural and the least amount of ingredients.

Dream Creasm from Lush may help, its made from oats.

oat baths, cider vinegar baths.

look into licorice root

hope it helps. im telling youi this from 1st hand experience.:)

Good Luck! And remember Dont Give Up.

Lincoln, UK

#5 Aug 27, 2013
Chlorine is a nightmare and the best thing is to install a whole -house water filter. I did my dissertation on tigger factors related to skin conditions and the first thing to consider is your environment - so water (also contains nickel which has been shown to be linked with skin conditions); washing powders - change to Bio-D - same for fabric conditioners. Can get Bio-D online or at Oxfam shops. Do not be fooled by brand or supermarkets washing powders marked sensitive they are not! They are full of bleaches, cmcals and optical brighteners - terrible for skin conditions. It means your skin is in contact with chemicals 24 hours a day!
If no improvement, the next step is digestive issues - candida or yeast infection and bacterial overgrowth have been shown through clinical research to be linked to skin conditions. If you have a problem with digestion you may have nutritional deficiencies and/or food intolerances too.
I used to have bad eczema, which after many years was cleared after following testing and treatment by a nutritionist and bioresonance practitioner - I still have to be careful as too much indulgence can get back on the slippery slope! I have retrained in both these therapies and specialise in skin conditions - have a look at my Facebook page or website for further info on causes and therapies.
Good luck with solving your problems

Since: Mar 13

London, UK

#6 Aug 29, 2013
Have you tried Caurnie Nettle products many have and find long term relief
Look up Caurnie

Dallas, TX

#8 Oct 20, 2016
Aquaphor healing ointment Advanced Therapy For dry, cracked or irritated skin is absolutely amazing for the burn and removes the itch instantly for me!!:)

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