I have been suffering from the worst case of eczema in my life lately.
It started out as small itchy bumps that came and went, then spread to
a larger patch, and then finally weeping lesions, and angry red welts.
The skin is uncontrollably itchy and cracks and bleeds at times, and
then it burns like hell later. I have a small area the size of a pinhead
on my left palm, and the entire inside of my right forearm and a bit to
the other side of the arm, is red and inflamed and I can't have any
clothing on it. This started happening last Jan. or Feb. and over the
summer completely disappeared when I juice fasted for a month. It came
back but to a manageable degree. Since Dec. it has gotten far worse,
and it has gotten so bad this past week I finally succumbed and went
to a Western doctor, something I try to avoid at all cost. My primary
care provider referred me to a dermatologist who of course prescribed
the requisite cortisone ointment (stronger than a cream, which i told
her was not working) and this quelled it a bit last night but it is
far worse now. I washed it all off. I'm miserable with it or without it.
I tried some liquid probiotic on it which is very potent, and it became
very hot afterward, but the itching stopped. Now it's back to itchy and
burning. I am at a loss what to do--I have tried everything. I have had
a bit of a red, burning itchy area on my inner thigh for the past several
years which gets worse when the weather turns warmer (especially when I
go to a high desert area where I go every summer for a few days) and I
know that eczema doesn't like the dry. We have just come out of a very
dry spell here in CA, where it didn't rain for around 2 months or so,
or hardly any in all that time. Now it IS raining, but the eczema is as
bad as ever. I have had skin rashes and actual eczema my whole life (the
eczema didn't start till around my early to mid-thirties however) but
nothing as severe as this. Any advice you could give me would be welcome.
(Aloe does zilch, as does Miracle Gel--it cools the area for around
3 minutes and then it's back to hot, painful and burning, like a chemical
burn). And NO, it is not poison oak--I only wish it were--that at least would
have a beginning, a middle and an end. :-(