eczema and UC?

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   Posted 1/30/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone!
i need advice - if anyone has the same problem, please ...
i have had eczema for 7 years now, was diagnosed with UC 8 years ago. mainly on my hands, and arms and now i got some red patches on my face, too. as if the other problems are not enough. my question is: if anyone has the same problems.. what creams/pills / supplements do you use to relieve the symptoms without causing aflare-up or interefering with the uc?
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   Posted 1/30/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't really have anything to say to help you except that the other night I was reading through some info about Humira (just started this month) and noticed that it included arthritis, CD and even eczema-- it would be interesting to see if your skin issues cleared up when on Humira.


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   Posted 1/30/2009 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I had severe eczema as a kid (it's much milder now) but when I was young it was soo bad (it looked like flesh-eating disease because it went so deep and covered large areas on my body), the only natural remedy that worked when I was a kid was bathing in chamomile tea every night for 2 can get RX creams that have steroids in it to heal it as well. I now uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a daily moisturizer for my skin and it seems to keep my eczema at bay.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to get this, but it seems to have quit now that UC has arrived. I would just go to a tanning bed a couple times and mine would go away. Doc said, she wouldn't "proscribe" a tanning bed because of possible health issues, but she hinted I might want to try it instead of drugs. It worked.
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   Posted 1/30/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have that but I do have psoarasis along my hairline. Itchy itchy! I used a cream I found at my local pharmacy but when I started 6mp, it went away. I know that both of these skin conditions are auto immune so as a last resort, many docs will use an immune suppressing medication to get it under control. I think of it as killing two birds with one stone - immune suppressors can help both psoarasis/eczema and Uc.
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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   

hi everyone


thanks for your quick replies,  i also thought that once istart prednisone or another immunosuppressant i would be fine but kind of hope i will find a way out without using it.

i am thinking of homeopathy now.

sulphur hopefully would help. has anyone tried homeopathy for UC?

i htink i'll try some of the other ideas.


thanks again,




luna ray
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   Posted 1/31/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   

This is my first post -- I've been following the forum for a few weeks, but felt like I really wanted to wade in on this one.

I've had excema since I was an infant, and deal with a number of allergies, and was diagnosed with UC in December.

I've seen a naturopath, allergist, dermatologist, and family doctor. I have tried homeopathy, naturopathic meds, and a number of drugs, but here's what I have found works best for me...

First, I know it sounds odd, but after several doctors recommended it I tried tanning -- and it really does work for me. I find that I only need to go for 7-8 minutes once or twice if my excema starts to flare, and it helps keep it under control. If you don't abuse it, the risks from UV exposure are manageable compared to the discomfort of the excema.

If you're going to get a prescription cream, I suggest going with something as mild as you can get away with, because some of the steroid creams can have bad side-effects if you use them over the long term. My doctor writes me a prescription for betaderm with menthol in it (and another herb, I can't remember what it is right now), so it immediately relieves the itch.

The most important thing though for me, and especially since I was diagnosed with UC, was to figure out my dietary triggers. For example, I find that I'm set off by wheat now, which I never was before. To narrow that down, the best thing is to do a simple elimination diet. But if you're not feeling well and that is hard to handle, or if you want an answer more quickly, you can also take both allergy (skin prick) and food sensitivity tests. This is where I found the naturopath particularly helpful.

Of course, there are always things that will set off the excema, especially if you're dealing with both UC and the possible side effects of medication -- because of the inflammation of the colon, it's much easier to develop sensitives and set off the excema. That's when I find the cream and the tanning useful. I also sometimes take over-the-counter antihistamines.

Anyway, I hope that's helpful. I certainly understand that dealing with both UC and excema can be a real pain!

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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I had horrible eczema as a kid, and as I got older it comes back in a mild form. I usually use an OTC hydrocortisone cream, which helps with the itching. I've never heard of using EVOO as a daily moisturizer--I'll have to try that!

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9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
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   Posted 1/31/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter has eczema and her dermatologist prescribed Desonide for her. It's an ointment so it's kind of messy (greasy) but it works wonders. If I put it on her patches twice a day, there is a huge, noticeable difference after just a couple of days. The patches are almost non-existent. I call it her wonder drug. I've tried OTC stuff and NOTHING works the way Desonide works.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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   Posted 1/31/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had it on my toes and fingers two seperate times (I'm not positive it was eczema but that's what the doctor said...) I used triamcinolone (prescription gel) for the itching and inflammation and Aquaphilic ointment several times a day to moisturize. Hope the itching stops soon!
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your sympathy and understanding. i don't know what i or anybody else would do without the support and understanding we get here. i ve been following the forum for quite a short time now but it makes a big difference when you can share your concerns and troubles with people like you. i can't talk to my coworkers, my husband lives in his own world and is terrified by the only mentioning of a 'physical suffering' ... it is not anything you can talk about, right?
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