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Please help - eczema - dry/itchy skin on face

Hello,
I am a 37 year old woman who is currently suffering from what I think is eczema. It is in the following places:
both eyelids, underneath both eyes, right side is worse - left side has traveled up between brows. On the side of right eye big 'C' like patch. Also on my chin/jaw line on the right side. It has recently shown up on the right side of my nose and has traveled down toward my mouth.

I also have a small random patch on my left ring finger and a patch near my right elbow and forearm.

I have recently changed my diet to eliminate wheat and gluten, since eating those things would sometimes aggravate it.

The affected skin is dry and itchy. I have actually scratch my chin/jaw so much I've made it bleed. It is rough and flaky.

I do not smoke but I do drink alcohol occasionally. I have a 120 mile round trip commute and have been doing that commute for 11 years. I exercise fairly regularly but do not get a good night's sleep due to my husband's snoring.

My skin issues used to be sporadic (seasonal and dependent on food consumed) but I've been experiencing this pain and discomfort every day for the past five or six months.

Last month I did have one weekend where everything almost went away and it was when I was on a short vacation but also treating myself for allergies and a cold. I was taking mass quantities of B vitamins as well as BioAllers Tree Pollen formula and Quantum's Cold & Flu formula. As soon as I returned to work (I live in NJ and work in NYC) everything came back.

I am aware some of this might be stress related - not getting enough sleep and being more than fed up with commuting and not having enough time at home.

In the past I had taken the following to help treat myself-
-Heel BHI ECZEMA which contains - each 300mg tablet has - Berberis vulgaris 6x, Rhus toxicidendron 8x, Arsenicum album 10x, Graphites 10x, Hydrofluoricum acidum 10x, Kreosotum 10x, Petroleum 10x, Sepia 10x, Lycopodium clavatum 12x, Sulphur 12x

I used to find good results from taking this remedy but no longer - so I stopped. I have also (from reading this forum) been taking 6c lycopodium 2x daily - having diluted 8 pellets in 24 oz of filtered water. I have had a slight decrease in itching but not always. I am also taking 100 selenium every other day.

In addition, I take -
1000 mg MSM 2 or 3 times a day. Fish oil (when I remember) with meals, 2 tablespoons of flax oil in the morning. I apply arnica cream to my skin as well as Bach's Rescue Cream - which I've had good results with helping to stop the itching but it's not making it go away.

I am so frustrated and anxious and am rather at my wits end.

I am considering taking sulfur, but am not sure this will help.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you all for your time.
 
  i8cupcakes on 2009-05-18

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I also meant to say:
When the weather is damp/cool/humid my skin feels worse. It has been raining a LOT where I live lately.

I HATE to be cold.
I am severely irritable prior to menstruation but I take Shu Gan to help alleviate those symptoms. As I have gotten older I am more patient but can be pretty easily aggravated.

My acupuncturist has indicated I'm a Liver person.

My ayervedic constitution is mostly Vata, some Pitta.

Yesterday I filled our a homeopathic questionnaire that indicated my constitution (can't remember what it is right now) but I don't feel like it matches who I am as a person.

Thank you again (in advance) for your time and help. I would really appreciate a response.

 
i8cupcakes on 2009-05-18

Patient ID: Sex: Age:

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering? ( please state exact locations, sensations, modalities, probable cause and since when)


2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body which are assiciated with your main suffering? ( please state all details as above)


3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?


4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?


5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event affecting you mentally or physically ? Did you suffer from any other disease just before this ailment started?


6. Which time of the day you are worst? Is the suffering periodic?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? ( eg. washing, cold or hot application, rubbing, pressure, physical exertion, sleeping, jar, movement etc.)


8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?


9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?


10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?
- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?
- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
weeping, talking to one self etc?
- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?


12. What do you crave in food items and what are your aversions?


13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body canít stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?


19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. What peculiar or strange sensation do you have in any part of your body at times? Is any expected symptom absent in you? Do the symptoms have any peculiarity in their onset, location, extension, periodicity and relief?


21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat this or any other diseases and what have been the results after the medication?


22. What major diseases are running in your family? ( any ulcers, alchoholism, suicides etc.)


23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.

24. (ONLY FOR FEMALES)

If you are not having normal menstrual cycles, please answer the following questions:

- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last?
- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods?
- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?
- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?
- Do you notice any clots in the flow?

 
rishimba on 2009-05-19

Hello Rishimba Ė Here are the answers to your questions. Please let me know if I have not answered them appropriately enough.

Patient ID: Sex: Female Age:37

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering? ( please state exact locations, sensations, modalities, probable cause and since when)
-- Dry, sometimes flaky, itching ( sometimes intensely and burning), somewhat hard-ish/leathery patches in the following places Ė both eyelids. On left side, there is also a small patch under the eye and a part that has crept up by my eyebrow. On my right side there is also a spot on the very inside of my nose near my tear duct and a little spot underneath my eye Ė plus a patch in the shape of a ďCĒ about the size of a dime next to my right eye. An inch or so long line goes down my face from the right side of my nose to the corner of my mouth and then a two in long half inch wide swath on my jaw line and under my chin on the right side. There is a small patch of it about the size of a ring on my left ring finger and a two inch long one inch wide patch that comes and goes on my elbow. This patch will also have small white bumps. I used to think the cause was food allergies, which may still be the case, but it is definitely most prevalent in times of great stress. It also used to be seasonal Ė switching from Winter to Spring and then from Summer to Fall Ė however I have had this bout with it consistently since roughly December 2008. I donít find myself having any more stress that ďnormalĒ these days. However, I do have a daily commute that is roughly four hours total (120 miles round trip) which has begun to wear me down. I have been doing this commute for 11 years.


2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body which are associated with your main suffering? ( please state all details as above)
--Iím not sure what is meant by this question Ė unless you are asking if I have other chronic maladies, etc? If that is the case then I do have rather constant low back pain, which used to reside mostly in my hips but as of late has been at the base of my spine closes to my spinal column.


3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?
--I feel frustrated and sometimes angry. I also sometimes pity myself, b/c Iím not sure what can be done to help myself.


4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?
--I feel anxious and irritable and I guess a little insecure, since I think that everyone can see these giant red, unsightly patches glaring from my skin.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event affecting you mentally or physically ? Did you suffer from any other disease just before this ailment started?
-- Like I said above; this used to be seasonal or when I ate foods I had allergic reactions to (too much wheat or processed sugar for example) but this bout with the itching, dry, painful skin has been going on for about the past six months. I have recently self diagnosed that I have wheat/gluten allergies. I was suffering a great deal of stomach pain at the end of last year and beginning of this year and as soon as I cut all those foods from my diet I felt markedly improved. No more stomach pains or acid reflux. However, it is possible I am still eating foods Iím allergic to and I donít know what they are b/c I havenít been properly tested/diagnosed. In addition, for the past year or so I have been helping my widowed mother deal with things in her life, health problems, moving twice, etc. in addition to my commute and not having much time at home, which is quite possibly taking itís toll in the form of this skin irritation.


6. Which time of the day you are worst? Is the suffering periodic?
I will wake myself up with scratching, but I donít look at the clock so Iím not sure of the hour. Itís pretty uncomfortable in the morning and at night before I go to bed and is bothersome at different times during the day. Iím sorry I canít be more specific.

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? ( eg. washing, cold or hot application, rubbing, pressure, physical exertion, sleeping, jar, movement etc.) Wet, cold, humid weather makes me feel worse and itís been raining a LOT where I live lately. I feel better when itís dry and warm, although warm and humid doesnít bother me much either. I live three blocks from the ocean. If I rub/scratch the itching it feels temporarily better but I know itís not good to scratch, since Iíve already made my chin bleed. Putting on Bachís Rescue Cream helps, also Arnica Cream or Calendula cream gives some relief - it Ďs soothing and makes my skin feel less taut.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?
Over a month ago my husband and I went on vacation and when we were away the itching was almost gone as well as the skin being almost clear. However, I was also taking homeopathic medicine for my seasonal allergies (BioAllers tree pollen formula) as well as Quantum cold & flu formula and mass quantities of B vitamins so I donít know if that helped. By the end of the day that I returned to work my skin was back to itching. I work in NYC, I know the air here is not the cleanest.

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?
The weekend we were away it was warm and rather dry. I hate cold, wet weather any time and I find that my skin is worse when itís cold and rainy.

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.
I like to think Iím pretty easy going however Iím am not always the most patient person, especially when dealing with foolish people or when I am frustrated. I try to practice compassion. I am a realistic. I can sometimes be argumentative, but only if I feel like I know Iím in the right. I try to be accepting of all people and understanding. I can be quite talkative and curious. I sometimes worry, although am working on trying not worry about things I cannot control. Not always the easiest thing in the world.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm? I generally donít mind thunderstorms, esp. if Iím in a safe place.
- Do you like being consoled during your tough times? Yes.
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc? I canít stand cigarette smoke and react strongly to the smell of it. I guess I do react strongly to smells, although not so much noise or light.
- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless, weeping, talking to one self etc? I furrow my brow when Iím worried. I might talk a little to myself. I sometimes fidget.
- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife? My husband is my everything Ė I smile and my heart swells when I think about him. My friends are amazing and I love them dearly. They are like a family to me. I am not so keen on my blood relations but I adore my husbandís family, they are incredible people.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?
-- I donít like feeling out of control. I wouldnít say Iím a control freak by any means but I definitely get anxious when I canít see the outcome of something. I am apt to overanalyze things. I fear the day when I wonít have my husband or my closest loved ones in my life. Iíve already lost my father seven years ago and that has been a huge adjustment.

12. What do you crave in food items and what are your aversions?
-- I am a pretty well-rounded eater. Although since Iíve stopped eating gluten and wheat I do long for a slice of pizza or a sandwich with bread. I love all kinds of foods, although lately I am a bit averse to eating chicken and I never eat pork. I donít like slimy food (like sea urchin) and I donít like overly ripe fruit that is soft. I have texture issues with it. I LOVE dark chocolate.

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive? Normal

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive? - hunger is up, but that is because I have been exercising a lot lately. I

15. Is there any kind of food which your body canít stand? Anything made of wheat or gluten. I probably shouldnít eat dairy either, but my reaction to that is less severe Ė only mucus and stuffiness.

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs? Normal I guess, although at certain times during my cycle I find myself having night sweats, which mainly come from my torso.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type? Normal?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping? I donít sleep well. My husband snores and that wakes me up all the time. I used to be a heavy sleeper but I find it is more light now, especially from the snoring. I generally sleep on my side with a pillow between my knees. Lately I think I sleep more on my right side although that changes.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general? Yes.

20. What peculiar or strange sensation do you have in any part of your body at times? Is any expected symptom absent in you? Do the symptoms have any peculiarity in their onset, location, extension, periodicity and relief? Aside from the itching on my face, I have chronic lower back pains and pretty chronic neck pains. I know this comes from working at a computer and also not stretching enough.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat this or any other diseases and what have been the results after the medication?
-- In the past I had taken the following to help treat myself- -Heel BHI ECZEMA which contains - each 300mg tablet has - Berberis vulgaris 6x, Rhus toxicidendron 8x, Arsenicum album 10x, Graphites 10x, Hydrofluoricum acidum 10x, Kreosotum 10x, Petroleum 10x, Sepia 10x, Lycopodium clavatum 12x, Sulphur 12x - I used to find good results from taking this remedy but no longer - so I stopped.
Lately (the past two weeks) I have been taking two wet doses of Lycopodium 6c (I desolved 7 or 8 pellets in 24oz of filtered water) but I was forgetting to take the dose at night so Iíve switched to taking the pellets straight. Three in the morning upon waking and three at night before I go to bed. Iíve done that the past two nights and Iíve noticed Iím scratching a little less in the middle of the night and that the skin looks a little less red. I also take 1000mg of MSM at least two times a day. I take 2 tablespoons of Flax Oil in the morning, 2000 IU of Vitamin D at night before bed. I have also been applying Arnica Cream and Bachís Rescue Cream alternately, as well as Calendula cream. I also take 100mg of Selenium every other day. (I take other vitamins and herbs provided by my acupuncturist but Iím not sure thatís relevant here)

22. What major diseases are running in your family? ( any ulcers, alchoholism, suicides etc.)
--My mother suffers from Manic Depression (Bi-Polar II) and anxiety Ė she has had to have shock treatments twice in my life. My motherís younger sister is a control freak, probably anxiety related. My maternal grandparents both had heart disease and type II diabetes. My motherís older sister has Type II diabetes and maybe phlebitis? My paternal grandmother had Parkinsonís Disease.

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.
-- I have olive toned skin. I am 5í 4Ē tall. I am thin, athletic. I have a small bust. Dark hair that has a lot of grey in it. Brown eyes. (Please let me know if you need more info than that)

24. (ONLY FOR FEMALES)

If you are not having normal menstrual cycles, please answer the following questions:

- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last? My periods are regular usually lasting four days.
- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods? I have the worst PMS, slight cramps before my period, terrible cramps during the first two days of my period and then theyíre gone. I am horribly irritable.
- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive? First day, somewhat scant, second day heavy, third day normal, fourth day scant.
- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery? Thick and bright
Do you notice any clots in the flow? Yes, there is clotting, but mostly on the second day during the heavy flow.

Rishimba, thank you for taking the time to work with me on this. I appreciate it.
Namaste.

 
i8cupcakes on 2009-05-19

please stop all remedies you have been taking for this eczema.


please start taking NAT MUR 12C three times a day for some days continuously. as soon as you see a change in the eczema, better or worse, you should stop the remedy.

wait for some days without taking the remedy and just note which way the eczema is going... better or worse.

report to me after 15 days.

you may have to take the remedy for some 5 to 10 days to see a response. if no response even in 10 days, come back for the second prescription.

 
rishimba on 2009-05-21

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Thank you Rishimba. I will report back when I have something to tell.

 
i8cupcakes on 2009-05-21

Testimonials taken from US coconut research center
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I am surprised that, unless I missed it, no one has recommended coconut oil. Used both topically and internally it has had wonderful results for a lot of people with eczema.
Here are some testimonials I found at one site about Virgin coconut oil:

9/18/2007: Liz from Nairobi, Kenya writes: 'My 8 month old son has had eczema since he was four months old. I have tried many prescription creams that did not seem to work or worked for only a few days. A friend asked me to try coconut oil. Its worked miracles. I got results in a day. There was no itching and the dry patches were gone. I now make sure to keep a bottle in the house all the time. I have also noticed that water and soap worsen eczema, so when he has it, I avoid them on the patches and use the oil instead.'

8/9/2007: patty from pembroke, virginia writes: 'Hi, i wanted to let everyone know i have spent 9 years of my life going to the doctors for skin yeast on my legs, every cream, steroids, soaps , lotions, etc. and pure coconut oil has healed them in 2 weeks! i take 3 capsules a day , plus rub the oil on my legs. it is a wonder drug for yeast. i use it on my face and all over. i am 53 but look 43. it stops the itch -which will drive you insane. try it and good luck!'

5/19/2007: Janet from Morayfield, Queensland writes: 'I have suffered from skin ailments all my life. I had heard about coconut oil but it seemed too simple an idea to really work, and I had tried every remedy, scientific and natural, under the sun and nothing ever worked. So after reading all the latest hype about coconut oil I decided 'why not?' Well, sometimes I wish wasn't such a sceptic and then I might have tried it years ago. How it works I don't know but after less than a week of applying it twice a day my rash had cleared up, the redness and itching was gone, and has stayed gone despite the fact that I have stopped using my usual prescription anti-inflammatory cream. The kind I use is the extra virgin pure coconut oil made without chemical processes. I'm now taking it orally too.'

3/29/2007: Marietta ) from Montpelier, Vermont writes: 'Virgin Coconut Oil: My teenage son had raw, red and cracked skin where the ear meets the head. I remembered reading somewhere that VCO cures eczema, so I spread some on the backs of his ears after he showered. Amazingly, the very next day (after only ONE application) they were completely healed; no raw, red, no cracks! We also eat it often, on popcorn, straight off the spoon and in stir-fries. Yum!!!'

8/4/2006: Jay from Chicago, IL writes, '1 TBS daily of oral supplementation has helped by facial eczema and atopic dermatitis. I have become immediately convinced that Coconut oil is nothing short of a miracle remedy for the skin and immune system. I was suffering from weekly eczema outbreaks on the face, and within 4 days of using 3 tablespoons daily and dabbing it with vitamin E oil, I noticed an almost immediate improvement. The itching and redness stopped, and the inflammation was way down. I would strongly urge ANYONE who suffers from this condition to try it, because in my opinion, there is nothing else like it on the planet.'

3/1/2006: Bonnie writes, 'It is the only thing that gets rid of my daughter's eczema and mine. In fact mine was really bad when I was pregnant and it was the only relief I found. I used to take primrose oil internally -- that really helped, but it never offered any immediate relief. When she was about 2 months she got a bad flare up on her forehead and it cleared it within days. As a side note lice was going around the school and my boys came home with it. She never got it (I think it was the smell of coconut oil) & they always put their hats on her head.'

2/11/2006: Amy from Reeseville, WI writes, 'I use coconut oil half and half with butter to make my cookies or if the recipe calls for shortening, I use all coconut oil. It also cleared up eczema for me and my son. You can add it to bath water just a tablespoon or two. It works great.'

 
meritvco on 2010-08-22

I have also dry flaky itchy skin and foderma serum helps a lot. I also have eczema and this serum has helped with my flare ups. Wish it came in a larger size

 
TaleshaLance on 2017-11-28

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