eczema in Pregnancy

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sheryl abbott

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May 24, 2007
 
Hi
I have had eczema my whole life and have never really managed to control it.Been refered to hosptial last year but that didn't help either.
I am 17 weeks pregnant and my eczema has got even worse i was wondering if any body can recommend anything that will help me control the itching as it is getting me so down ,when i start itching i honeslty can't stop it spreads all up my arms and my neck. my skin has gone really tuff inflammed red and very warm .Been to doc's 4 times now and each time i get more cream which just makes me itch even more

I would really Appreciate any help
Sheryl
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Tauranga, New Zealand

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May 31, 2007
 
Hi
I have never had eczema before, and i got it all over my arms during an unwanted pregnancy, i am only 17.. I got an abortion and it is 2 weeks after and i still have this eczema on my arms, do you think that the pregnancy caused me to get eczema, even though ive never had it before?
-Bella
samantha

Chester, UK

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Oct 7, 2007
 
my skin sounds exactly the same as yours i was just wondering if u found a cure? i have just had my baby and its only got worse
sheryl abbott wrote:
Hi
I have had eczema my whole life and have never really managed to control it.Been refered to hosptial last year but that didn't help either.
I am 17 weeks pregnant and my eczema has got even worse i was wondering if any body can recommend anything that will help me control the itching as it is getting me so down ,when i start itching i honeslty can't stop it spreads all up my arms and my neck. my skin has gone really tuff inflammed red and very warm .Been to doc's 4 times now and each time i get more cream which just makes me itch even more
I would really Appreciate any help
Sheryl

Since: Oct 07

Annapolis, MD

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Oct 7, 2007
 
samantha wrote:
my skin sounds exactly the same as yours i was just wondering if u found a cure? i have just had my baby and its only got worse
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Hi. I've had SEVERE eczema all of my life in addition to allergies. I was just wondering how your pregnancy experience was w/ relation to eczema? My husband & I want to have a baby, but the thought of being pregnant (w/ no steroid medications) makes me really nervous. I was also wondering how your baby is? Does your baby have any hint of eczema or dermatitis? Please let me know. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Kristin

Australia

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#5
Oct 7, 2007
 
Im preggers with twins, had eczema my whole life and yes it is worse while being pregnat. Yes it is horrible but little things can take the itch out of your skin, such as oats in a bath or even just in a stocking in the shower works incredibly well, also try straight coal tar in your moisturiser (obviously a small amount) and keeping your body temp down, i live in North Queensland (Australia) which has tropical weather and air conditioning is a blessing. I still have the eczema but taking the itch out of my skin reduces the effects slightly, i have resided to the fact it will never go away so now i just have to try and live with it the best i can.
Puttay Springfield NY

Brooklyn, NY

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Apr 3, 2008
 
I found out that I was suffering from eczema when I was 4 months pregnant. It started with a small rash on my abdomen and now 2 months later my entire body is covered with bumps. I was told that it should disappear after delivery. The thought of it progressing really scares me.
I found a cure

Pasadena, CA

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Sep 13, 2008
 
I never really noticed that I had it until I was pregnant. It was so bad that I didn't sleep for nights on end and finally went to the ER. The doctor suggested I use Luberderm lotion. I almost laughed at the thought that a $6 bottle of lotion could help, but it did.
Mike MySkinBetterdotc om

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Sep 16, 2008
 
My wife has great skin, but when she was pregnant with our daughter had horrible rashes--itchy, red, across her abdomen and torso. I wondered if it was from me--as I have a tendency towards eczema and allergies. Our dear daughter was born with eczema. My wife recovered fully after delivery.
As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I did not want to put anything harsh on my little one, so I made a salve based on my training in herbs. It is just beeswax, olive oil and three herbs. It worked so well for my daughter that I used it on patients. It worked so well for them that I launched the company Emily Skin Soothers--named for our inspiration. As I made it for an infant, it is incredibly simple and I dount you could find many products with fewer or more natural ingredients that are as effective. It can now be found in stores in 25 states and online at our site: www.emilyskinsoothers.com . You can also see a few before and after photos and some amazing unsolicited testimonials. I am sorry to post about a product, as there is a lot of spamming in these forums, but in this case it seemed appropriate and on topic.
I also set up a non-commercial site full of self-care tips for people with skin problems. It is my way of sharing what I have learned in caring for my daughter and it is not selling anything. I hope it is service and can provide you some helpful suggestions. It is www.myskinbetter.com .
Rory

Oviedo, Spain

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Sep 19, 2008
 
My Wife and me both have eczema. Our first child has eczema but for our second we took real precautions. I have you looked at taking a probiotic while you are expecting. Apparently it helps to reduce the chance of eczema. Have a look at this article where it quotes the study. http://www.skinmagazine.co.uk/probiotics_redu... but for me it is well worth it as eczema is hereditary!
harama1012

Toledo, OH

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Sep 11, 2009
 
i am six weeks pregnant but have had eczema my entire life also. my non pregnant treatment usually involves steroids like kenalog ointment and elidel. But since i am pregnant i had to stop those and have noticed that eucerin calming body wash and ammonium lactate lotion2%, or amlactin have really helped. Amlactin can be found at the pharmacy but bought without a prescription. It is specifically for dry scaly skin.
Mary-ann

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#11
Dec 14, 2009
 
Hi ladies m bout 3mnths preg now have been suffering from this frustrating disease and nw that iam preg it even feel more worse but hey this sounds funny but Prep came 2 my rescue!
menah

Hana, HI

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#12
Sep 17, 2010
 
itz depressing. & itchy as hell
i jus want it to go away!!!
exematrouble

Zion, IL

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Sep 19, 2010
 
menah wrote:
itz depressing. & itchy as hell
i jus want it to go away!!!
Have you tried Renew Lotion by Melaleuca. I don't know if it will work for you but it worked for me...see sooflippincute at ecrater dot com. The great thing is that it is an all natural product.
Sam

United States

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#14
Jan 16, 2011
 
I am about 5 months pregnant with my second child and am experiencing eczema for the first time. It is horrible and hate to think I'll be suffering for 5 more months with it and pass it on to my unborn child. I have tried the cream the dermotologist gave me and a lotion he suggested. It doesn't seem to be getting better. I have good days and bad, but I want it gone. Does anyone have any suggestions? Will I have it after delivery? Will my child have it? I am so miserable.
baby love

New York, NY

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Sep 20, 2011
 
clobex is the only steroid that has worked for me, but you can't use it while you are pregnant
fairy baby

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Nov 12, 2011
 
Hi all,
I'm now 14 weeks pregnant and I've had eczema all my life too. Over the past few years it got worse instead of better. I was also diagnosed with coeliac disease just over 2 years ago so I've cut out a lot of foods from my diet. I was sick of going to. the doctor for more cream that just didn't work so I got a referral to a dermatologist and after 6 months the CD was diagnosed. My eczema now is mainly very bad at the top of my back, all my face and my arms. I don't use makeup very often anymore because its not worth the pain and itchiness my face goes through. But my back is really starting to frustrate me because its so itchy. I'm always cold so its important I do wear enough to stay warm, I try to wear as little as possible going to sleep but still end up scratching my back to pieces. I feel like I need to keep moisturising my skin about 8 times a day but sometimes after putting the cream on its still itches. My back was bad for about 4 months before I got pregnant and luckily enough it cleared before my holidays and as soon as I got back it flares up again. I'm just getting sick of it now cos its suck a task to look after your skin without causing damage, sometime I have to use and exfoliator to take away all the dry skin otherwise ill end up scratching it off.:(
leeanne

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Nov 19, 2011
 
Hey!!! I have had really bad skin since I was born and I was thhe only unlucky one out of my sisiters who have it, I'm 8 weeks pregnant and its on my face, neck and legs at the moment! The only cream I use is betnovate and I've been using it for as long as I can remember! I didn't know that u wasn't suppposed to be using steriod cream while pregnant!!! Now I'm worried!!!!! But if I don't use it my skin will get very bad and very dry! I won't even leave the house because its soo bad!!! Very depressing I must say! Any ideas please!!
Heather

Reykjavík, Iceland

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#18
Dec 26, 2011
 
Some of you are commenting about a rash starting on your abdomen and such, this is NOT eczema. It is PUPPPS. I had it with my last pregnancy, and it is just awful. After giving birth to my first child, I got eczema breakouts that were small, even though I never had it previously. Now that I am pregnant with my second child, my arms are covered with itchy eczema rashes. But this isn't PUPPPS. But I think one has to take care of it in similar ways as PUPPPS, the steroid creams and the antihistamine pills. Don't take hot showers, and moisturize moisturize!!! Good luck!!
claire

Ireland

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Feb 9, 2012
 
leeanne wrote:
Hey!!! I have had really bad skin since I was born and I was thhe only unlucky one out of my sisiters who have it, I'm 8 weeks pregnant and its on my face, neck and legs at the moment! The only cream I use is betnovate and I've been using it for as long as I can remember! I didn't know that u wasn't suppposed to be using steriod cream while pregnant!!! Now I'm worried!!!!! But if I don't use it my skin will get very bad and very dry! I won't even leave the house because its soo bad!!! Very depressing I must say! Any ideas please!!
Hiya, im the exact same as you, i spent alot of my previous pregnancy in and out of hospital. i am 8 weeks now and praying it wont happen again as the pain was horrible.

all i can say is moisturise and trying mixing ur betnovate in ur hand with some emulsifying ointment before applying, thats what i did so i wasnt putting too much steroid into my body,use emulsifying or silcox base in shower. emulsifying oint feels gross on your skin and temporarily makes you feel worse but i swear it will fix it. by 7 months it calmed but was awful still. when my son was 4 months old i began light treatment, which is like a sort of mild tanning bed, u can get it on the nhs i think. anyway that cleared it for me but it will never ever be back to my pre pregnancy state which was nearly fulling cleared after a childhood of it..im hoping you are more lucky! i also had to take prednisalone( steroid tab) hope you are doing well

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