Eczema above lip on son all year, won't go away.

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   Posted 6/14/2014 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! My son is 10 and has some allergies. Food allergies come through as eczema. He's allergic to peanuts, soy and chocolate. As he got older, he's been getting less and less eczema. Whenever he got a cold or got sick, the skin above and below his lips would flare up for about a week or so and then go away.

This school year, he's had eczema around his lips the entire school year! No matter what we put on, it won't go away. It improves some but then it comes right back. I don't think he's doing anything differently than last year. He's getting embarrassed and self conscious of how he looks. I know I need to take him to the allergist. I've been fighting Lyme disease and Bartonella for over 2 years and constantly going to Drs. I guess my kids Dr visits are a little neglected... Feeling like a bad mom :(... Hope someone here can give me some suggestions! Thanks!

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   Posted 6/16/2014 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it's time to revisit the allergist. It sure sounds like there's another allergy showing up, but I'm no doctor, just a mom and grandmom.

You said the eczema seems to flare and then get worse. I'd keep a journal to keep track of that and help find any triggers. There are many posts you can refer to about food journals - see the search box at the top of the page.

This problem can be as simple as hay fever:
Do you have locust trees around?

Putting lotions and creams on the eczema might just be the wrong thing. Read the ingredients, especially the "non-active" ones. A lot of people have problems with additives and preservatives. I'd have the kid put on something very simple, like plain old Vaseline or Original Chapstick which might stay on longer. I've used that on kids with allergic eczema around the mouth; it needs to be used several times a day and especially at night, helps keep the kid from licking the lips and making it worse. Give it to the kid to apply himself when he feels the slightest irritation.

Seriously, keep the journal. Anything you can do to help the doctor! Since peanuts and soy are both legumes, has he been eating any others? Peas, beans, lentils? Is he eating the school's lunch? Soy and relatives would be a big suspect for contamination - filler for hamburgers or pizza and pasta and yogurt. " "U.S. National School Lunch Program uses soy-fortified pastas with 15 to 17 percent protein content."

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   Posted 7/30/2014 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Check your toothpaste, I switched to non-fluoride, sulfate-free toothpaste because I had dermatitis around my mouth.

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   Posted 8/6/2014 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the replies! I'm allergic to sulfa drugs, so maybe there is something in the toothpaste. I hear great things about coconut oil, might be good to try. He does use Chapstick and brings it to school and uses it throughout the day. I keep telling him to put it on right before bed, that it's the most important time, but I think he forgets. Hard for me to constantly stay on top of him with 3 kids and being sick with Lyme disease and Bartonella :(.

I'm starting to think that it might be dairy. His last test showed he outgrew dairy but he seems to particularly flare after ice cream. Last year he had to get up early for school, so he wasn't getting as much sleep, maybe that lowered his immune system.

I started giving him a higher dose of probiotics and that seems to help some. Time to get him thoroughly tested though.

Thanks guys! Please share any other tips :).
Found imbedded tick and oval rash March 2012
Symptoms appeared 2.5 months later.
Saw family Dr. Tested negative for Lyme and coinfections.
Took 300mg of Doxy for 2 months prescribed by husband. All symptoms returned within a few days of discontinuing. Treatment started Dec. 2012. On antibiotics since. Currently taking - Suprax, Azithromycin and Plaquenil. Japanese Knotweed, Samento, Banderol
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