Getting Eczema Under Control

I have had eczema ever since I was a child. I understand that eczema, like many of the other ailments I suffer, are often caused by psychological disturbances, or at least these disturbances play a part in the causation and cure of these ailments. I believe that that may be the case for many, if not most of our physical ailments, although, of course, there may be other factors.

Once in the late '90s when I was in a movie theater's lobby, I saw a woman with a young child of about seven or eight and an infant of about six months standing in front of me on the concession line. The baby was just covered form head to foot in eczema. Although these people looked quite innocent and upstanding and I saw nor heard anything remiss in the
way the woman related to either the older child nor the baby, I was pretty sure that the emotional atmosphere at home or of that mother must have been pretty tense, for a baby that young to be covered in such eczema like that. When we are children, our own psyches tend to reflect the atmosphere around us and our troubles, too.

I won't go into the details of my situation when I was a child, but will say that as a child up until I became a teen, I had eczema in the inside creases of my elbows and knees. This would get pretty bad and would spread pretty far and would get pretty (ugly!) crusty and would itch fiercely, and I would scratch it, again, fiercely. However, when I reached my teens, it cleared up totally and left no scars.

I became a vegetarian in 1989 and remained one until 1998, when I started eating meat again. Shortly after that time, I broke out with terrible eczema again, mainly on the left side of my body, including my torso, behind my knees, and on my legs and ankles. I went to a
dermatologist and he gave me a cream called Fluocinonide. That worked, but as soon as I stopped using it, the eczema would flare up again.

Also, in 1988, the year before I became a vegetarian, I had a very bad flare-up in the crease behind my right knee. I was lying on the floor and a man I was in love with saw it and was repulsed by it. I thought he was ridiculous. However, shortly after that, I don't know exactly when, but it cleared up without leaving a single trace.

Finally, sometime after 1998, I had a very bad flare-up right above my left ankle, and I was scratching it and it was breaking out into open sores, even though I was using the cream. I was so distraught and I said to myself that I didn't know what I was going to do if it didn't heal. After all, I was using the cream as I was supposed to; I couldn't imagine what else would help it. And suddenly, shortly after I said that, it cleared up completely, leaving no trace! 

I still have some eczema, but the Fluocinonide cream seems to keep it under control. I even get it in my arm pits. I was afraid to use the cream there because I thought it might give me cancer, but when the eczema flared up there, I asked the doctor if it was all right to use the cream there, and he said, "Yes," and so far, so good. I don't get it in my arm pits all the time, but when I do, I apply the cream and then stop, not wanting to take any chances.
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9 Responses Apr 5, 2006

I've had scaling eczema most of my life as well. I have never taken topical or any other medications though because I know that the eczema is just a symptom of an underlying issue that needs addressing. To treat the eczema is to mask the symptom of something else that could be, and likely is, causing worse damage to your health, such as low grade inflammation. For me becoming vegan cleared up my eczema entirely. If I eat heavy animal proteins from meat and dairy it comes back after a short period of time. I don't believe the human body was meant to digest such things and these foods create a great deal of congestion in our eliminative organs and for some people in the lungs, manifesting as asthma. I'm hoping people will get tested for food allergies and change their diets rather than treating the symptoms.

i have a 5 yr old son with eczema and he has had it since birth. I also have a very healthy 10 yr old with no eczema I find it very very disturbing and offensive that you would suggest someone has a not great home life because they have eczema.Yes stress and anxiety can cause it to flare up worse at times but it is in no way caused by this alone. my children live in a very safe and secure home with nothing wrong or bad going on. For someone who has suffered their whole lives with this you certinly need to do more research. My son is covered in it from head to toe and we have tried every treatment there is. something as simple as being hugged by someone who uses the wrong laundry detergent or wears cologne can cause him devestating outbreaks,wal-mart gives him flare ups ,as does most carpet. how dare you judge a childs homelife or someones parenting skills sight unseen because you noticed their childs skin condition.

I concur. I have had a great home life growing up and have had this ailment my whole life unfortunately. I wish I could find a cure.

I use to have eczema really bad when i was younger and then it just went away for about 8 years. i recently became a vegetarian (3-4 months) and it has come back in the same spots just like when i was a child and its worse then ever. i don't eat meat except for the occasional fish product here and there. so i don't know what it could be if the majority of people say their eczema went away after becoming a vegetarian. I'm hoping maybe it's the sudden detox of meat from my body and not something more serious and long term. Hope this helps.

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Oh yeah, the vegetarian diet does help! I did it from 2006 to 2010. My eczema started in the early 90's (around 1995). Now, it's barely there. I had the worst kind with open sores, puss and pink patches all over (hands and feet had the most sores). So, vegging out does pay off! I went back to being pescetarian and still doing good skin-wise.

I have had eczema for over 5 years on my forearms and triceap area, and the doctor put me on this cream called triamcinolone. I used many different kinds of creams, but my body grew an immunity to them. The doctor told me the next step was taking steroids, but I did not want to go that path. This last winter of 2009-2010 was the worst, because I live in Nebraska and it was bitter cold and horribly dry. I was itching it up and down my arm, and I was starting to get splotches on my legs as well. I was reading that heavy metals and toxins can cause eczema, (i.e. when you started eating red meats that are processed and full of toxins, heavy metal, and growth hormones.) I started taking a product that has liquid zeolite in it, which goes directly into your blood stream and removes almost all heavy metals and toxins in your system. I started taking it about 5 months ago, and in one week my eczema went away, and has not came back. I have been eczema free for almost 5 months now, and I am so much happier. The best part about the product I took was that it was risk free with a 30 day no questions asked satisfaction guarantee. If you are interested in trying the liquid zeolite, let me know by e-mailing me at,and Iwill let you know how to try it risk free.

I have had seborrheic dermatitis ever since I can remember. It is akin to eczema, but without a lot of the itching. I still have the embarrising scaling and redness associated with it. The medicine I use is elocon cream. It works great. I feel embarrassed and sometimes can't pull my hair back because it is along my hairline.

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