oh, eczema.

Hi pals!

Some of you may be aware, we've struggled with Carsten's eczema for almost his whole life, and I'm still not finding a solution that is working. It just seems to be getting worse, and the poor guy is pretty scaly.

He has been to an allergist, and results told us that his only allergy is to dogs and cats. And when he is around cats or dogs, his eczema does tend to flair up, however, this is not too frequent, yet his eczema remains.

All of the creams, ointments and prescriptions we have tried are not helping. His eczema has been especially terrible this summer, I'm suspecting that the heat is making him itchy. We have a cool mist humidifier in his room at night to keep his skin moisturized, but that's not helping either, besides the fact that he likes the blue light that the machine puts off, and thinks that the steam is pretty neat.

After putting Cerave (a lotion much like Cetaphil - super gentle) on him this morning, another lotion recommended by a doctor, Carsten screamed and screamed because it hurt him so much. I don't want to keep putting it on him if it hurts.

I'm thinking our next trial is going to be cutting gluten from his diet to see if that helps.

Is there anyone out there that has successfully managed eczema, or does anyone have any advice? I just picked up this new Baby Head to Toe Ointment today from Target, in hopes that the raw shea, chamomile and argan oil would help his skin out. I've put it on him once and he didn't cry, so that's a good start, yet I haven't checked to see how his skin looks.

I'd LOVE to hear your ideas and suggestions!!




w said...

my only advice: moisturize often and more often. and keep being awesome.

sassypackrat said...

My daughter has had eczema all her life and the heat of the summer makes it so much worse. The only thing that has ever worked is cortisone 10 cream. I don't know if it can be used on someone as young as Carsten but it might be worth looking into.

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