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  • #16
    Re: Exzema help

    Originally posted by Sheero View Post
    Assalamu alaykum to all,

    can anyone please help,I have severe exzema due to allergy of dairy products the doctors iv visited keep brushing me off with creams and oils,I don't think they realse the problem is within my body and blood.
    Unfortunately when I begin to itch when amongst crowds it kind of moves people away to sit or stand with me and feels like there's certain doubt on me.
    Also I would really like to stay away from dairy products but find it difficult as I like my cups if teas and a bit of sweet after a meal just like any other being.
    Can some please provide me with some sincere advice as to what I need to take because this is really annoying me and effecting my immune system.
    Jazakallah khair inshAllah.
    Insist on being referred to a dermatologist. I had eczema for my whole childhood and part of my adulthood and it only went away after I was FINALLY (nearly 25 years too late IMO) referred to a dermatologist. Both my babies have had severe eczema too, alhamduilillah the first saw an allergy specialist who treated the eczema and gave advice re allergies, and the 2nd saw a dermatologist who did the same. MashaAllah we're all much better now, althouhg for my baby this only happened very very recently.

    The following worked for all three of us:

    - use of a GOOD emollient cream, the best one is Unguentum M in my experience, but we can't get this where we live (Saudi) however my baby was prescribed Cetaphil which includes a cleanser for her bath and a moisturising cream, and this has worked just as well as the Unguentum M. In my experience other emollient/moisturising creams simply don't work as all they do is replace the lost moisture they don't do ANYTHING to help repair the skin's barrier. In eczema the skin's barrier does not function well and gets washed away, leaving the skin open to everything, including allergens, the comment above about being allergic to practially everything, this comes from the skin being open to everything due to the skin barrier being washed away. In my experience, the allergies get less severe once the skin barrier is properly protected, the flare-ups become a lot less frequent. However I still avoid 99% of skin products, althouhg there are no foods that I have any reaction to currently mashaAllah, although I used to be allergic to dairy. My oldest daughter grew out of her dairy allergy alhamduilllah but I still avoid things that are put on the skin such as kids face paints etc and only let her use washing products that are designed for skin prone to eczema (she uses a range called baby seba med) - my baby has nothing but the cetaphil and other perscribed creams on her skin, she's only just recovered from her severe eczema and still has to have steriod creams occasionally.

    - steroid creams were necessary for all three of us, for a short time, to get the severe irritation under control, but once that's under control the treatment plan should involve the emollient creams only (which are drug free and just a blend of oils) - long term use of steroid creams can damage your skin, their use is for short term only, to get flare-ups under control. If your doctor is trying to use steriod creams as a long term strategy then insist on seeing a dermatologist.

    - some lifestyle changes are necessary in order to protect the skin's barrier. This will involve not using most kinds of soaps and cosmetics. For cleaning, you should use only products that are specificially designed for eczema, the sebamed and e45 ranges are examples, but even these are too harsh for some people's skin. The Cetaphil products my baby uses are suitable for adults too and these seem to be more gentle than either sebamed or e45. Don't use any other soaps at all, be careful about shampoo, I've perfected the art of washing my hair without getting any water or shampoo on my face. My scalp is okay with shampoo but my face isn't. Also check your clothes - stick to cotton or cotton and polyester mixes, acrylic is usually very bad for eczema. Anything that's mostly man made fibres will make you sweat more and that can be very bad for eczema. Also your washing powder/fabric conditioner - switch to ecover, it's more natural and contains no petrocheimicals or harsh perfumes. When you wash your clothes, put them on for an extra rinse cycle at the end to make sure all detergent residue is removed. Consider not using a fabric conditioner at all.

    - dry your skin by dabbing it, not rubbing it, as rubbing can remove the skin barrier.

    - you know you're allergic to dairy, so don't eat it. There are soya alternatives to all dairy products except cheese (well, there is soya cheese but it doesn't taste like dairy cheese) - the Alpro range is very good. Be strict with yourself about this, and also monitor your diet (keep a diary of what you eat and when you get flare ups, ze leetle elper is right sometimes it can take a couple of days for an allergy to cause a flare up) in case you have other allergies. I've been there myself, and currently I can't eat anything with egg in it because my 2nd baby who is still breastfed, reacts to my milk if I eat egg. Once your eczema is properly under control, i.e. there's no sign of it although you'll still be using the emollient cream and looking after your skin carefully, you may find that you can start to eat small amounts of dairy again.

    - don't scratch, it makes it a million times worse, if itching is a problem take some medicine to reduce the itching, as a short term measure, until it's properly under control.

    - if you have eczema on your face, arms, hands or feet then consider doing tayyamun instead of wudu, many kinds of eczema are made worse by washing too often, even in plain water. if that's the case with you then you should do tayammun as this is necessary if wudu makes an existing illness worse. There are loads of fatwas on this. You should see a dermatologist anyway, so ask your dermatologist if it's safe for you to do wudu. If the dermatologist says no, then do tayammun.

    hope this all helps inshaAllah. Don't brush off the creams and oils, they are a necessary part of the treatment, as well as sorting out the allergy problems. Basically you have to hit the problem from every angle, treat the symptoms and the causes all together, and most importantly protect your skin barrier at all costs.
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    • #17
      Re: Exzema help

      Originally posted by In The Skies View Post
      My brother has had it from the age of 3 and he is now 16. It is difficult to treat as all these creams doctors prescribe dont tackle the root of the problem. We have alhamdulillah had success with pure unrefined african shea butter; helps the skin so much - try it out. And obvioulsy make sincere dua as only allah can help.
      that was me for many years, if your brother hasn't seen a good dermatologist, ask for him to be referred to one. GPs usually prescribe loads of creams but they can presribe the wrong ones or only prescribe them without advice on other aspects of eczema (allergies, protecting the skin's barrier) which a good dermatologist will advise about. That's my expereince after many many years of being told i had "atopic" eczema that theydon't know the cause and I just have to live with it etc etc being given all the wrong creams which barely worked and caused more problems than they solved - it was gone within a couple of months of seeing a proper dermatologist who prescribed the right creams and a ton of useful advice about how to protect the skin's barrier. Excema isn't primarily an allergy problem the allergies are secondary. the primary problem is a deficit in the skin's barrier, which leaves the skin open to allergens then you have a viciuos cycle of allergies making the eczema worse and the immune system becoming sensitised to more different things due to the absence of the skin barrier
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      • #18
        Last edited by selma; 13-09-10, 11:10 PM.

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