It’s back, and on my back too.

I recently posted that the eczema ( yes, I have decided to accept the common spelling…) that had been affecting me was under control, and I was hoping that this would be the end of it. I am sorry to report that it has returned, and with a vengeance. It is now covering most of my back, and is creeping around the sides too. Luckily, I have Julie to help, so she is able to plaster the creams and ointments on it for me, sadly, to no avail. I am only able to manage temporary relief, and as soon as I get warm, or try to sleep in bed, under the duvet, it flares up once again. It consumes your every waking moment, as all you can think about is the itching.

I have done all I was asked to do by the doctor. I have bathed in the greasy emollient cream, taken the anti-allergy tablets, and slathered on the steroid ointments. All of my clothing and bedding has been re-washed, in specially purchased non-allergenic products. I have foregone use of deodorant, and any products containing aromas, or scents. Despite this, it has not only come back, it has got worse. I feel like a commander who thought that they had defeated an enemy, only to find them stronger, and attacking from another direction.

I am now at the stage where I have to consider other areas to try. Could it be the dry atmosphere, with all the cold outside, and heating on constantly? Perhaps I need to invest in a humidifier, and try to moisturise the air, as the same action with my skin does not seem to be helping. Contact with clothing exacerbates the problem, but I can hardly go around without clothes. My diet has not changed, and nothing new can be identified as a probable cause. So what next? More trips to the doctor, additional creams and tablets, eventual referral to dermatologists at the hospital. This seems to be the outlook for me.

So, why I am bothering the blogging world, with unpleasant details of my skin irritations, and frustrations with itching?

There are literally tens of millions of you out there. I know that only a tiny percentage read my blog, but as with the Lottery, you never know when your luck will change, and someone will randomly happen across this post. Like a message in a bottle, thrown into the ocean, it may find someone with a solution. You may be the person that has discovered a surefire remedy for this irritating red and itchy rash that plagues me. Perhaps you suffered also, and earlier than me, so have had more time to discover a cure. It may be a particular brand, in which case, I hope that it is available in the UK. Or it might be something natural, possibly herbal, and easily purchased.

Whatever it is, please let me know.

 

15 thoughts on “It’s back, and on my back too.

  1. I have also just ordered some Bria Organics eczema balm. This was developed by the mother of a young sufferer; it is 100% chemical free, and has only organic ingredients. I remember it being widely reported at the time. If the testimonials are all true, it should help. If anyone has tried it, let me know. Link below;

    http://www.briaorganics.co.uk/

    Thanks to everyone who has offered suggestions, much appreciated. Pete.

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  2. Get a letter from your GP for the local hospital’s Dermatology Clinic. I was told by my doctor that a growth on my penis was a harmless wart but the Dermatology Clinic identified it as ‘Bowen’s disease of the penal shaft’ a far more dangerous matter altogether. Fortunately, it has now been excised and is no longer an issue. By the way, although I have the same ailment that you have, mine is only sporadic and I use E45 cream; it works for me. I wish an end to your misery. Brian C

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  3. Melaluca’s Renew is wonderful. There is a lotion called Cornhuskers that is often used for hands that are dry, cracked, itchy, etc but my dad used it for any type of rash. I get rashes on my hands (that itch like the dickens) from food allergies I use a paste of water and baking soda to get relief. You’ve probably already tried all of these, but I thought I’d offer šŸ™‚ Hope you get some relief soon!

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    1. Thank you so much Kira. I had never heard of the baking soda idea, as all this is fairly recent. I will look on the internet for the other remedies you mention, as I have not heard of them in the UK. Regards from Norfolk, Pete

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      1. I have manged to get an order of Corn Huskers from Amazon. It will be a while coming from the US though. I have looked up melaleuca renew lotion, and it seems to be good for rashes. However, it is prohibitively expensive to buy even a small amount from America, and does not seem to be available in the UK at all. If this persists, i will spend the money on it, and see what happens. Thanks again for your worthwhile suggestions, and for taking the time. Regards, Pete.

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    2. The Corn Huskers lotion arrived from America today. It was a long time coming, but to be fair, the postage charge was small. It is immediately soothing, and pleasant to put on. If it cannot cure it, at least I will smell nice, and feel soothed. Thanks again Kira. Pete.

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  4. I have psoriasis (mainly on my head and flares up with stress but otherwise controlled with medicated shampoo every once in a while) however over the past few years, every now and then (usually winter) I’ll get incredibly itchy elbows and will happily scratch till they bleed
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    To sooth I use E45 cream or any kind of thick moisturising cream, I’ve also learnt that tight sleeved clothes irritate them and most times it was due to my bedcovers/clothing and using too much detergent. Symptoms would take a week maybe to retreat.

    BUT it sounds like you’ve tried most of the above :/ in which case maybe try some good old sex lube… ? Makes the whole massaging cream in thing a little more enjoyable, gives you a giggle … Ha ha Perfect way to take your mind off it lol

    Seriously though, I hope you find something that helps šŸ™‚ xB

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  5. Sonds like hell mate, I wish I knew of something; I have suffered from an alergry for over 5 years now and the only answer I have is to keep taking the tablets; thankfully they are cheap and they work. I hope you find a solution.

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  6. I have psoriasis on my knees and on the corners of my eyes. I have had it for years and it never truly goes away. I have found a product that works pretty good at releaving it. It is called Renew and it is a product that is all natural and can be found online by searching the company Melaluca. I do not know if they ship overseas, but if ey do I recommend you give it a try. They have many other household products that are all natural too.

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