Please help husband's severe eczemaAfter 15 or so years of seeing dermatologists and using steroid creams for his eczema, my husband's eczema was only getting worse. We started to see a naturopathic doctor about 2 months ago who started him on a homeopathic remedy.
I just want to make sure we are on the right track because my husband is still suffering very much and doesn't know how much longer he can endure this.
I'll try to be brief and descibe his situation --
Before seeing her, his eczema was primarily on his forehead, one side of his face, and along his jawline plus a few spots on the backs of his knees and back. Eczema was always red and extremely itchy, would get redder after a shower. His eyes would swell often, many times they would swell shut during sleep. Sometimes a finger would swell up for no apparent reason. He sneezed frequently, but especially upon waking.
The treatment the naturopath started him on is:
3 pellets of 30c of sulphur once a day plus
2 tbsp flax/borage oil a day plus
good multivitamin plus
At this point he stopped using the hydrocortisone cream he had been using.
He did this for one month -- as soon as he started this treatment he had an extreme flare-up. One of the worst ever in his life. His skin became unbearably red, itchy, dry and painful. He got a huge rash on his neck, shoulders, and arms. This eventually spread to his knuckles. He could not stop scratching.
He went back to the naturopath after one month -- she said he is progressing and should continue to see gradual improvement. She said to stay on the same regimen except she told him to take the sulphur TWICE a day so now he has been taking 6 pellets of 30c sulphur a day for about a month.
We have noticed that most of the rash seems to have calmed down. His forehead and side of his face seem better, although his jawline is still very red. The worst places now are his shoulders which are like leather because the skin is so dry, also the inner elbows -- which are painful, cracking and dry. He cannot stop scratching his arms and shoulders. The spaces between his fingers are also dry and cracking. The only place where the rash is still present seems to be his hands/knuckles.
We have noticed his eyes have really improved -- no more swollen eyes at all, and no more sneezing fits. No more swollen fingers.
Although we have seen very slight improvement the itching and dryness of his skin are so unbearable that he does not think he can continue this regimen beyond another month. He is threatening to return to steroid creams so he can get some relief.
Can someone tell me if we are on the right track? Should the naturopath have recommended something else or does the sulphur sound like the remedy? When should we expect more improvement?
Are there any other natural moisturizers we could try besides sesame oil that might help and will not interfere with the homeopathic treatment?
Any advice is appreciated as my husband is suffering terribly.
Oh, other pieces of info --
my husband is usually always warm, rarely ever cold
he dreads taking showers but says that after a shower he does tend to feel better now
he says his skin feels better after scratching, he feels the dead skin causes the itching and he needs to scratch it off
he works at night, sleeps during the day -- during sleep, wraps himself in blankets and always wakes up hot/sweaty
he is typically a lethargic person, almost lazy
he is a philosopher / writer / dreamer
he is sensitive / generous / compassionate
he feels frustrated right now, at his wit's end with trying to find a solution to this
he craves carbohydrates -- pastas and breads are his favorites
no major diseases
has had a reaction to one antibiotic in the past
he cannot walk past the cleaning aisle at the grocery store without having a flare-up
he was tested for allergies but allergist said he is not allergic to anything
he was tested for autoimmune disease but results were negative -- clean bill of health
other symptoms: dry eyes, flatulence problems
had eczema as a baby, then it went away
eczema came back 15 yrs ago when he worked in a steel mill and was exposed to chemicals
he says eczema seemed to get worse when dating women
ok -- sorry so long -- any advice is appreciated
abcgirl on 2006-02-25
But in MY opinion the potency is wrong .
Either use LOW say 3x or 6x
Use ONE tab each of
at 24 hr intervals.
Sulfur in the old literature was characterised as --- the ragged trouser philosopher ! .
walkin last decade
If your husband does not respond to Sulphur, please contact me again and I shall indicate the method of using Arnica and the dosage.
♡ Joe De Livera last decade
foxndana last decade
it has been four months now. he is still following the regimen of
sulphur 30c -- 2x a day
liver detoxifier -- 2x a day
essential fatty acid oil - 1 tbsp a day
since the last time i wrote, his progress seems to have bottomed out. his arms/hands are the absolute worst and he scratches until they bleed. the itchiness is unbearable and he is still in a lot of pain.
we were trying to be patient and wait to see if he improved on the current regimen, but there doesn't seem to be any progress at this point....should he go back to the homeopath at this point?
how long should one wait with homeopathy before deciding that a certain regimen is not working?
please please help!!
abcgirl last decade
The remedy that I have used, Arnica 6c is not referred to in any of the Homeopathic texts and was discovered by me about 2 years ago. The method of using this remedy is as follows:
You are advised to get a recognized brand of Arnica 6c made by Boiron, Helios, WHP or any other to ensure results.
Insert 3 pellets of Arnica 6c into a 500ml bottle of Spring water which you can get from any supermarket. You can read the fine type to ensure that the water is from deep bore wells.
Shake the bottle hard to create bubbles and sip a teaspoonful of the water which is now the remedy, 3 times daily for the first week and twice thereafter.
The shaking is succussion and should be done before each dose of a teaspoonful is sipped.
You have inquired how long the remedy will take to help the patient and you may like to know that in one case the patient, who had suffered from Eczema for 20 years and was having lesions that were oozing on both shins of his legs, discovered that in just 3 days the itching stopped and the lesions dried out in a week.
Please report your husband's response in a week.
It is understood that you will stop all other medication for 3 days before you start the Arnica therapy.
♡ Joe De Livera last decade
The remedy that I have use, Arnica 6c is nor referred to as a remedy for Eczema, in any of tthe Homeopathic texts and was discovered by me about 2 years ago.
♡ Joe De Livera last decade
Good luck to you both. It surely is not a pleasant thing to have. Dealing with some swollen fingers myself right now.
No Name 9 years ago
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