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Confusion - Eczema Treatment

I'm hoping that someone reading this forum might be able to help clear up some confusions that I am having about the homeopathic treatment of dermatitis/eczema.

I am very eager to find a solution to managing my own eczema outbreaks. I understand that symptoms manifested on the skin are a good sign.....that "bringing them to the surface" divert the disease from the interior, where it can potentially do more harm.

I've noticed that my own symptoms are exacerbated by the cold/dry weather and are most severely inflammed when overdryed after showering. I am of the understanding that no topical medications/ointments are to be applied to outbreaks on the skin. Does this include non-medicated moisturizing lotions?

My symptoms are markedly changed by my environment (warm weather and ample humidity prove to be very beneficial for my skin...at least on a superficial level). Even in the past week I have noted how the change in weather greatly influences the severety of the current outbreak.

I certainly do not want to suppress these symptoms. Would "treating" my skin with warm weather and ample humidity be akin to medicating it? Should I encourage a dry/cold environment which would exacerbate the symptoms? So as to "divorce them from the interior?"

Thanks for any advice you can provide...
  vinhos on 2004-11-12
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Eczema is the most difficult problem to treat. Every case is different. Sometimes takes months to discover poss remedy. Need many sym, including at least 10 more than you gave. Itch? for one. When began? Where, how. About you as a person.

For now, yes, non-med, non- ointment type moisturizing applic would be ok. There is a cream called "null" that pharm use to add medication to. I don't know if you can get it, but ask around. Sabra
sabra last decade
Did you try any homeopathic medicines earlier?

What was the response?

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Very itchy, especially as skin dries out after showers, swimming etc. Rash comes and goes, although takes quite a while to disappear (current outbreak has been present for 2 + months). Definitely responds well to sun and warmth/humidity. Made worse by dryness, stress, scratching, rubbing. I exercise quite frequently and I've noticed that it is usually quite inflamed immediately following a run (possibly because my clothing is rubbing repetitively against).

As far as myself...I am a 27 year old male. By almost all accounts I am in perfect health. I exercise regularly, eat well, and try to keep stress to a minimum (though I am a graduate student). I have no history of allergies and no family history. Around 4 years ago I began noticing small bumps on my fore-arms during the winter months. They would dry out and flake up in small (1-2cm diameter) circular pattern and were very itchy. Whenever they emerged I treated them with a natural fluorosone cream from the local food co-op, which made the itching and rash disapear.

I now have large patches of eczema on either side of the outside of my elbows, and a small patch on my upper chest. The breakouts first appear as small itchy bumps which gradually aggregate into a more organized rash. This becomes rougher, scaley and flakey and after a couple of weeks appears as large circular patches (nummular?) which are white in the middle (as if the pigment has been removed), and are rimmed by the rash (sort of like ringworm). I saw a dermatologist for the first time this summer. By the time I got to see him, my outbreak had all but disappeared, but he prescribed me a steroid cream, which really took care of the remaining symptoms.

Since that time my skin has continued to break out and the rash has progressively worsened. This last outbreak is much, much larger and has persisted much longer than any I have had before (although I have never let the rash "run its course" before now).

I've never seen a homeopathic doctor. I've tried Sulphur for one week, which seemed to work well at first and then symptoms become more aggravated. Not sure if it was remedy or other causes.

Thanks for both of the replies...I do appreciate the interest.

vinhos last decade
Dear Vinhos, Try to remember what happened 4 years ago. Did you move to another city? Did you change diet. Were you with a woman that may have carried something? There would have been an initial problem that disappeared so quickly you forgot.

Please, no more steriods. Any type of cream or pill. This is a last ditch measure that MDs use...you see, he didn't care and didn't know what was wrong. We are all the blame for this attitude. We demand healing on the spot. Not you necessarily, but the dr is now used to these type of demands from all patients.

I still need to study. Sabra
sabra last decade
Did you take an injection 4 years back or sometime in between???

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
I'm not exactly sure of the date, but I know that I did receive an MMR booster sometime around 4-5 years back, just before I started school again.

I should also explain that 4 years ago I was in many ways a different person....no dramatic personality changes, but I was a smoker, and certainly less active and health minded than I am today. My diet wasn't nearly as careful.

I should also add that the past week or so has been very good for my skin....Am still off all topical creams but have been taking cod liver oil (1 spoonful a day). We are in the midst of an unusually warm spell in my part of the world...not sure if either has anything to do with it, or if it is just that time.

Interested in hearing your thoughts....

vinhos last decade
How many doses of Sulphur did you take, what potency and frequency?

How long back?

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
I took Sulphur about 3 weeks ago for a period of a week. 30C, 2x a day 2 tablets.

vinhos last decade
Do you dislike bathing, washing skin??

Do wollen clothes touching your skin irritate you??

Do you get headaches??

Describe the period from sun-rise t noon. Anything unusual during this period in terms of energy

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
I don't normally dislike bathing, in fact I rather enjoy it. Only recently, when doing so threatens to completely dry me out does it bother me.

Ditto with the woolen clothing. I normally have no problem with wool. It does not bother my skin but does exacerbate areas that have already rashed, so I have avoided direct contact w/ skin.

I get headaches very rarely...almost never severe.

Sunrise to noon: Awake, shower, eat, drive to school, classes. A fairly normal schedule. Twice a week I take a chilly bike ride from one campus to another (approx 20 km round trip). Depending on my workload, I will stick around a bit longer in the morning, or sleep later, but other than that it is usually the busiest, most repetitive and most productive part of a normal workday. In terms of energy, I would say I am fairly positive individual, although I do tend to overemphasize the performance aspect of my studies/work. I probably experience a bit of amplified stress due to my own "normal" levels of obsession for the work I do. Otherwise, I would say the energy in the morning is constructive and positive.

I have noticed that the skin rash does feel and look better in the morning, especially just after I get out of bed, although shortly after I shower it is noticeably worsened (drying out). On days when I do not shower it looks/feels better longer.

vinhos last decade
I don't think Sulphur would have given you much benefit !
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Any other homeopathic drug you have taken in the recent past?
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Nothing else!

vinhos last decade

Cough in the past? What was it like? which season?

body aches?

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Constipation - no

Cough - no (have never really been prone to coughs)

Body aches - only when sick with flu etc...

With this most recent outbreak I have (at times) felt chills and the skin on my arms/upper chest has broken out in goose-bumps quite frequently. A general “prickly” feeling.

I'm still curious about the use a non-medicated moisturizing lotion on my skin. Up until now I have not used anything (since the steroid use this summer) and although my arms have become noticeably better over the past two weeks, the patch on my chest is getting larger and I've noticed a few small patches developing on my legs. To me, it feels as though these new patches are aggravated by the dryness of my skin.

Again, I do appreciate your interest and help.

vinhos last decade
Well...I have lived in Texas most of my life and the only skin problem I first developed was from the water supply. Now this could have been attributed to the cholorine and other chemicals, etc. in the city water and/or the fact that there is residue in water heaters so that it is recommended that the water heater be drained and refilled annually.
So, the first thing I knew to do was to install a shower filter (filtered drinking water is also suggested). This remedied my skin problems until I moved to Colorado when my skin symptoms became similar to what you describe. I saw a dermatologist who said I suffered from eczema. This is what they all say!!!! and, he prescribed a steroidal topical product. This is what they all do!!! IDIOTS! I don't believe in RX unless emergent. Anyway, I bought a better shower filter after hearing about draining the hot water heater annually because of "crud" that settles in the bottom (minerals, leads, etc.). I bought a filter called "Shower Cleen" from the N.E.E.D.S. company (1-800-634-1380) and these new, topical symptoms went away. Like you, my symptoms were always exacerbated after a shower!
Also try using NutriBiotic Non-Soap Skin Cleanser.
INTERNALLY: Stop taking cod liver oil and take Barleans High Lignan Flaxseed Oil. Shake well to mix the lignans. Build up to 3 tablespoons daily, starting with 1 teaspoon and increasing every 3 days (3 tsp = 1 tbsp). Eventually you could, after problems stop, reduce dose to only 1 tablespoon daily FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. (this is the essential fatty acid source)
Now, mix the oil with organic cottage cheese and let stand for 5 minutes before eating to allow the 2 sulfur proteins (amino acids) cysteine and methionine to break through the fatty acid chain so the body's cells can absorb the EFAs; otherwise, your body won't abosorb the EFAs and this "good" fat will turn to "bad" fat.
Sulfur products...eat organic sulfur foods instead: raw cabbage in your salads, onions, and others I can't think of right now.
These treatments fixed my skin problems, and alot of other health problems, so hope they will work for you.
For now, using Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream (shake before applying) will help the itching. It does not coat the skin but is very watery and absorbs readily.
Let me know what you think and if any of this helps you!

christian last decade
Am interested in the campus that you visit to go to school. As you discribe yourself as mostly healthy, I look at suroundings as possible causes.

How long at campus? Do you live in own apt? How long have you lived there? Have they been remodeled. New paint or carpets? Any parking lot paving? Have you ever noticed any spraying of the plants on campus or bug spray in the buildings?

Do you ride bike through any industrial areas?

For a little while think on this side of things and see if anything comes up that may have changed 4 years ago--including water--that you have forgotton. Let us know. Blessings, Sabra
sabra last decade
Please read my post under:


It is possible that the remedy that I used to cure a chronic case of Eczema, Arnica 6c, can also help you.
Joe De Livera last decade
Just wondering if you were ever able to find a solution to your nummular eczema? I have symptoms almost identical to yours, with my condition worsening this winter to include large patches on my forearms, inside elbows, shoulders, forehead, legs, belly, and worst of all...my nipples. These round raised patches are rough/bumpy, extremely itchy and often release clear fluid when aggrevated by itching. For me it started about 2 1/2 years ago, about the same time I began having chronic yeast infections. I saw a useless dermatologist recently who prescribed a cotizone product. I promptly threw away the prescription when I got home, knowing this was just a temporary (and possibly harmful) solution. I am now seeing a naturopath who gave me Sanatio Ointment, which is somewhat helpful, while she does various blood tests to check for possible allergies. Any feedback would be appreciated.
applebum last decade

Thanks for your interest; I hope that my advice will be helpful.

After a fairly severe winter last year, and not much luck treating my skin with a variety of medicated, non-medicated, “natural,” and moisturizing creams and lotions, I made a conscious decision to basically eliminate all topical creams. Nothing was terribly effective except for medicated anti-inflammatory treatment, and the rash would always return within a day or two of ending treatment. I wasn’t about to go on using steroids daily for the long-term, and found that the best approach was to basically eliminate all skin applications. Almost immediately, my skin dried out severely, including the eczema. But it’s hard to explain, it seemed to me like this was an improvement - almost as if the rash needed to dry out (much like poison ivy). Although my skin was in poor condition, the itching was nowhere near as severe as when I moisturized (not really sure what that means). The cold season progressed, summer arrived, and my skin resumed its normal, healthy barrier. I forgot all about it - as usual, out of site, out of mind.

Curiously, around this time I did begin experiencing severe headaches, over the course of several months, and after much thought and reading, decided to try giving up dairy for a few weeks as an initial test. The results were almost immediate. Headaches disappeared, and skin erupted - almost as if my body was purging itself of something. Then the rash simply faded away. Needless to say, I have since, basically eliminated all dairy from my diet, except in special circumstance.

Not sure if it is related to this or to our mild winter, but outbreaks of eczema are much, much less severe this season, almost non-existent, except for a persistent patch on my legs. Nothing like it was a year ago.

While I haven't seen an allergist, I'm fairly convinced that this change in behavior must have something to do with my change in health. I'm not a doctor and can only speak for myself, but trying this alternative for a couple of weeks is a fairly simple way to assess one’s sensitivity. For me, it’s a very small price to pay for the peace of mind.

Hope this helps

vinhos last decade
when u r compleetly last use

hydrocotyle q alternate with echinacia q
10 drops of each with little water daily

safee of humdard dawakhana

good luck
princeofnoland last decade
Please try extra virgin coconut oil applied topically (even to open sores) after your bath or shower. One to three tablespoons daily fresh flaxseed oil (never cooked; but best with meals, and great for salad dressing), or flaxseed grain daily mixed in with your cereal or juice.
ooling last decade
REGARDING Eczema, please go thru the following link for an brief article by "Nesha-India", titled "ECZEMA - Causes & Treatment".
Link : http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/51562/

All comments and questions are requested to be posted on the above link itself for clarity and to avoid duplication of postings.

Remain Healthy & Happy ....... Nesha-India

Also read http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/35254
Also read http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/40731
Nesha-India last decade
I think that one of the key things to his eczema was the MMR booster shot he received. My daughter developed chronic eczema within a week to two week time span after receiving her MMR vaccine. Before that, she had nothing. THe eczema came on so suddenly, that she had to see 4 different doctors who were just totally boggled after looking at her history and seeing what they were seeing. Her pediatrician told me it was a reaction to the MMR vaccine, but when it didn't go away, she was later diagnosed with having chronic eczema, along with many food allergies that she did not have in the past.

What I did for her, and it helped tremendously, was a MMR detox. I followed the advice of Dr. Tinus Smits, and gave her MMR at 30C, 200C, 1M, then 10M. I did this 3 times, and each time, she had the healing crisis. Symptoms that she had after she had her vaccination she had while doing the homeopathic treatments. I have to continue with the treatments because it moved from her body to her wrists and ankles now. She is doing so much better.

Also, I too had to take an MMR vaccine last year for school, and since then have developed the dry spots on my elbows. :( I am now pregnant, so, I am not going to do anything until after the baby is born.

Good luck.
kimberley35 last decade
Please visit the BBC website today:


New eczema treatments on horizon

New ways to treat skin conditions which affect millions of people could be on the way after a scientific discovery. Experts led by the University of Dundee have discovered the gene which causes dry skin, leading to eczema and asthma.

The gene produces the protein filaggrin, which helps the skin form a protective outer barrier. Experts hope to use the discovery for more effective therapies to tackle the root causes of the conditions, rather than simply treating the symptoms.

At the moment the only treatment is through the use of emollients and ointments or anti-inflammatory drugs.
The research, to be published in the journal Nature Genetics, was undertaken with collaborators in Glasgow, Dublin, Seattle and Copenhagen.

Filaggrin, abundant in the outermost layers of the skin, keeps bacteria and viruses out while keeping water in to prevent the skin from drying. Reduction or absence of the protein leads to dry and flaky skin.

Professor Irwin McLean, of Dundee University's human genetics department, said the elusive gene had been known about for 20 years or more but was difficult to analyse................

This news item highlights the new discovery of the gene which is responsible for both Eczema and Asthma and hopefully when the scientists are ready with it mankind will be spared the ravages of both ailments which are quite common today.

It is remarkably how the scientific fraternity today do not consider that Homeopathy can help in the cure of both ailments. I have promoted the use of Arnica 6c in the liquid dose for Eczema and this includes chronic Eczema which in some cases have been suffered by patients for over 75 years who suddenly discovered that they were cured in a few weeks.

The cure of Eczema seems to be very straight forward to me and I believe that the rate of success that I have achieved is around 85%.

As for Asthma I recommend Nat Sulph 6c also in the liquid dose taken 1 teaspoonful daily and here too patients who were wedded to their inhalers for over 20 years were cured in a few weeks.
Joe De Livera last decade

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