Eczema flare ups??

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/14/2012 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a problem the last few months which I have never had in my life. Eczema!! I have had flare ups on my mouth, breast, hand, and under my eyes. I have always suffered with hay fever and have been asthmatic for the past 10 years, but never had a eczema problems? Is it at all possible to become allergic to certain foods this late in life? (I'm 43) although I have noticed that when I eat chocolate or dairy it seems to flare up. I have had a blood test done for every allergy possible, but I'm still awaiting results ( nearly 6 weeks now). I'm also hypothyroid and suffer with reflux, if anyone can shed some light on this I would appreciate it.


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   Posted 7/15/2012 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Mayflower7 said...
Hi Loz,
It is indeed possible to have food allergies occur at any age.
For some reason, the body starts to react to the substance and an allergy occurs. Sometimes medication can be a cause, the best way for exclusion. Is to do an food diary, and hopefully by keeping a list of what eaten and symptoms showing. The food causing symptoms or the allergy should be identifiable. Dairy products in particular are a leading cause of allergies, especially excema.
Take care

Thanks Kate, I have a feeling it is dairy that means no more chocolate for me :( x

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   Posted 2/1/2013 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lozzie!  I suddently developed eczema on my lower legs, and managed to track it back to when I cut down and removed a diosma bush!  Even the cat was allergic to this bush!
Until recently, Prednisolone was the only thing that controlled the rash/itch, but I read on an Australian eczema assoc. website a way of treating it that worked very quickly for me.
Ensure that you use a non-irritating wash etc in shower (I splashed out and bought some Avene..expensive, but great. I now use Cetaphil though), then.......apply your treating cream, lotion etc onto DAMP skin, then apply your moisturiser over that. Once again, use an appropriate moisturiser like Cetaphil etc. Within two days my rash had disappeared and hasn't returned.
(Also, before I discovered this method, I used Ice Gel for the itch and it helped  a lot.)
I have a neighbour who has tried this method for treating eczema, and it has also worked for her.
Very best of luck..Wendy from Oz ... smilewinkgrin
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