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#1
Jan 27, 2009
 
I think I'm stuck with this red, nasty, bumpy face. I just saw my family doctor yesterday and he's referring to a dermatologist, but I have little hope. A couple of weeks ago my doc had me do a week's worth of prednisone at 50mg. It was amazing how my face cleared up. But then, at the end of the week, my eczema came back. In just a few days it was the worst it has ever been. I don't know what else to do. I don't want to go out anymore. I pray for reasons not to go to work. For the first time my affected area hurts. It's so sore. I want to just rip my face off. I'm depressed and now taking bupropion for that and anxiety management. I think the eczema is the manifestation of how fucked up my life is right now. I'm ready to throw in the towel.

But I can't. I have a wife and 5 year-old daughter that depend on me to bring home the bacon. Even though I feel like I want to retreat, I can't. I'm a slave to everyone.

Even when I'm at work I can't concentrate.

So you see, eczema is not the worst of my problems. The problem is that I can no longer hide my problems from the outside world. All you have to do now is look at me and you see that the universe is kicking my ass. Fuck it.
Mike MySkinBetterdotc om

United States

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#2
Feb 8, 2009
 
I am sorry to hear you are suffering so much.

I can tell you that most people are too very involved in their own issues to worry about how your skin appears. It is unlikely that many others are paying it attention, so do not let that add more suffering to your situation.

There is a good likelihood from your description of the situation that stress is a major factor, so addressing that may quiet the symptoms and help you suffer less. Meditation? Exercise? Prayer? Whatever works for you.

If your skin was not so bad before, it can be not so bad again. It may just take time and work.

My daughter was born with eczema and I did not want her to suffer like you currently are, so I learned all I could about it. I posted all that I learned in the form of a website full of simple, natural self-care tips called myskinbetter. It is not selling anything, just trying to help people suffering. I hope you find something useful there and I hope your situation improves soon.

Mike
Dan

Smithfield, RI

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Apr 13, 2009
 
I'm in the same boat as you, I have it on my face and it basically gave me social anxiety disorder. I never had eczema anywhere until like the 3rd day of my freshman year of college. It still hasn't gone away 7 months later and I always feel embarrassed and depressed whenever I see pictures of myself because all I can see is red patches on my face. I have tried like 6 different steroid creams and immunomodulators, etc. The thing that HELPED (not cured) mine was using emollients as soon as i got out o the shower and a crap load before bed. I'm trying the champori cream stuff out now but it has only made it worse so far.
You can say fuck it and feel sorry for yourself like I tried doing (which does nothing except makes you feel worse)like I have done on many occasions, or you can keep trying new remedies and hope that some day, something will finally work.
Because someday something will
Good luck

Since: Apr 09

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#4
Apr 22, 2009
 
Hi Scherzo,

I feel your pain.

I had severe eczema on my face which actually made it swell up a bit making me look even worse.

Do you have many allergies?

Have you had allergy tests?

Do you wear cotton clothing?

Do you notice that your eczema is worse some times and not others?

I am just asking as my eczema was pretty much down to having all sorts of allergies that I was unaware of (I am now though).

You can get tests for all substances at you local clinic. Then it is just a matter of iliminating them from your daily life where possible.

I am afraid I disagree with the emolient thing, they used to make my skin MUCH worse, instead I use organic light creams not heavy parafin oriented creams. Even things like nivea moisturising cream works better than those parafin based prescription eczema creams for me.

Do you moisturise often and after showering, keeping the skin moisturised is a huge factor.

Alcohol really affects some people due to the sulphites as do food colourings and preservatives.

here are lots of great artices at http://www.remedyforeczzemablog.com to help you come up with a treatment that will work for you.
Just read some of the literature and hopefully it will click with facts you didn't realise.

I really hope you get your skin cleared, I know the feeling of not being able to speak to people and always had to have long hair to hide my face - yes I know how it feels.

i have said this before and will say it again, sea salt in a bath is great for bad skin, and primrose oil capsules.

try to switch to organic shampoo as the harsh chemicals in everyday shampoo have been known to badly irritate skin.

All the best
Aaron

UK

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#5
May 1, 2009
 
I have a girlfriend who suffers from really bad eczema.
she has suffered most of her life with it and when we first met 4 years ago it was relativly mild,
we moved in to our first house together 2 years ago and although we had 3 months that were amazing together her eczema started to get bad.
after changing doctors they tried the same creams and ideas until she got so stressed and upset she would cry herself to sleep most nights.
she got reffered to hospital where she had an allergy test done and was found to be allergic to just about everything (parabens were the worst reaction) but even after cutting out everything we could still wouldn't clear up.
she was then put on to light therapy (sunbeds basically) and it cleared up for about 4 weeks then after she stopped the course it came straight back. as she can't keep doing the light therapy as it can cause skin cancer. so she back to where she started.
I love her to bits and although i find it extreamly tough i just look at her and know its nothing compared to what she has to put up with.

first time doing this and sorry for going on abit.
but just feel that although you feel like giving up there are people that still care and i would defo miss her if she was to give up.
Paula Warren

Chico, CA

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Jul 27, 2009
 
If you are still battling with eczema please email me. I would like to see if this lotion I have found really works. I don't have eczema, but it claims to be a cure all of dry skin diseases.

niclovesjeremy@yahoo.com
mac

Harbor City, CA

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#9
Aug 31, 2009
 
first and most importantly, don't stress.
yes easier said then done. but find a way.
who cares what people think of you.
be yourself.

secondly, demand celestone solus and/or kenlaog injections from your dermatologist.
it is the ONLY thing that has worked for me.
Matthew Litke

Loveland, CO

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#10
Nov 19, 2009
 
I can tell you right now a drmatoligist will not do shit. they give you cream after cream after cream. nothing that you get from them will be a permanet fix. as many others I suffer from face eczema as well as hand fee, scalp etc. full body eczema I guess they call it. I know what the poster above means of social anxiety dissorders. i dont even interact with people anymore. I cant work without being a scaled up freak. But hand in there, try natural cures. listen to kenguy on theese forums. from what ive read it sounds like a mirracle cure, and all it is is eating healthy and cutting back on bad foods. search around. there has to be a cure!! But i do know most times the dermatologist just makes it worse. ie steroid creames that thin the skin over time. it may look like what they perscribe works, but its only cosmetic. the real problem is inside the body. but hang in there.
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Harbor City, CA

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#11
Nov 20, 2009
 
kenalog and/or celestone solus shots once a month.
clears my eczema up and carries me thru the month.

demand it from your doctor.
its the only thing that has worked for me.

also, as impossible as it sounds, dont stress!
Chris

San Antonio, TX

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Oct 4, 2011
 
scherzo wrote:
I think I'm stuck with this red, nasty, bumpy face. I just saw my family doctor yesterday and he's referring to a dermatologist, but I have little hope. A couple of weeks ago my doc had me do a week's worth of prednisone at 50mg. It was amazing how my face cleared up. But then, at the end of the week, my eczema came back. In just a few days it was the worst it has ever been. I don't know what else to do. I don't want to go out anymore. I pray for reasons not to go to work. For the first time my affected area hurts. It's so sore. I want to just rip my face off. I'm depressed and now taking bupropion for that and anxiety management. I think the eczema is the manifestation of how fucked up my life is right now. I'm ready to throw in the towel.
But I can't. I have a wife and 5 year-old daughter that depend on me to bring home the bacon. Even though I feel like I want to retreat, I can't. I'm a slave to everyone.
Even when I'm at work I can't concentrate.
So you see, eczema is not the worst of my problems. The problem is that I can no longer hide my problems from the outside world. All you have to do now is look at me and you see that the universe is kicking my ass. Fuck it.
. I feel you my life is just as fucke up cause of eczema my dad passed I've been rejected and alone for quite a while I've been stuck with this for as long as I can remember I try looking up videos there's a cure for you but mine is now just scaley pure grey big patches on my arms so it may not seem that bad but I don't even know how to get rid of it FML to sir I'm sorry
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you people are dumb. You eliminate yourself from society because of eczema?

Wow-o-wow
Alex

Wellington, New Zealand

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#14
Apr 13, 2012
 
I don't think its fair to judge people like that, we all suffer from eczema in our own different way and I don't just mean physically it definitely does something to an individuals self esteem that causes them to be a little more reserved than they usually would be. But its the ugly truth that is very real to a lot of people.

Here are some methods of managing your eczema in this blog that definitely have helped me
http://www.disappeareczema.com/blog
Forever Yours

United States

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Apr 8, 2013
 
Matthew Litke wrote:
I can tell you right now a drmatoligist will not do shit. they give you cream after cream after cream. nothing that you get from them will be a permanet fix. as many others I suffer from face eczema as well as hand fee, scalp etc. full body eczema I guess they call it. I know what the poster above means of social anxiety dissorders. i dont even interact with people anymore. I cant work without being a scaled up freak. But hand in there, try natural cures. listen to kenguy on theese forums. from what ive read it sounds like a mirracle cure, and all it is is eating healthy and cutting back on bad foods. search around. there has to be a cure!! But i do know most times the dermatologist just makes it worse. ie steroid creames that thin the skin over time. it may look like what they perscribe works, but its only cosmetic. the real problem is inside the body. but hang in there.
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I know this may sound crazy but if you will start going to a tanning bed it will help . The uv light dries it all up . I also take vitamin d .
Metoo

Gig Harbor, WA

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#17
Apr 20, 2014
 
Dairy and meat cause all of these problems. Cut down on meat and cutout dairy completely. Eat and juice organic fruits and vegetables. Your body will restore.

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