eczema

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23/12/2002 at 12:20
I have started to get eczema round my eyes due to running in cold wet weather as anyone had a simlar problem, anyone got a cure?

cheers steve
23/12/2002 at 12:22
Use some facial skin cream. Apply after your shower every day. Try also using a moisturising type of shower gel/soap when cleaning your face.
23/12/2002 at 13:58
Stephen,

I have had eczema all my life and know how awful it can make you feel especially on your face. The skin around your eyes is really thin and easily damaged, so you need to be really careful what you put on it. If you can get it Diprobase cream, or E45 is specially for dry skin conditions and if you put it on directly before you run it will protect your skin. You might want to try vaseline as a barrier before you run also.Basicaly the more moisture the better as eczema is just dry skin.

Be aware that if you put a non specialist moisturiser on the area it may have what are called "sensitisers" like lanolin in it and which may actually make your skin more sensitive....so be careful what you use.

Hope this has been helpful.

Good running
Del.
23/12/2002 at 14:04
Thanks for all your info, eczema is a nightmare. i will try the cream

cheers steve
23/12/2002 at 14:34
Both my young daughters get eczema and I occasionally get flare ups on my shins if I allow my skin to get too dry or use lots of 'harsh' detergents - sun, wind and showering twice a day all strip oils from the skin.

We now use Aqeous cream instead of soap (from any Chemist without prescription) and use something like E45 as a moisturiser - the fancy ones contain chemicals that can make it worse) for the kids with severe flare ups being treated with steroid cream (prescription only - but I borrow it and it really works fast at killing the itch!)

For myself I find a shower gel described as 'kind' or 'simple' not only gets the sweat off but also is less likely to lead to itching.

Above all else do not scratch that itch - but you knew that anyway (and knowing it never stopped me).
23/12/2002 at 16:01
Stephen-
I get eczema around eyes and nose/etc. when running as well, I use vitamin A cream - tub of pink stuff. I had a bad area down sides nose for ages and tried everything ( i am a GP). this worked best for me.
Put on barrier- eg vaseline before running and at night as well sometimes to stop drying overnight. Plenty cream- e.g. above/aqueous/e 45.
I also get bad patches on legs which cold weather flares up, I use a steroid for this0 you would need see GP for some- BUT could buy some weak steroid called 1 % HC cream from chemist- I wouldnt use around eyes/face though- only rest body.
23/12/2002 at 17:45
Good advice everyone - had eczema for years :-((
23/12/2002 at 19:42
I used to get eczema and skin inflammation around the eyes, in the eyebrows etc. It disappeared after I started using Nizoral shampoo to kill dandruff (flaky skin, not far short of psoriasis). Don't ask me why or how, it just did.

I second all the recommendations for E45 etc given above, by the way. They do help.
23/12/2002 at 23:48
Probably not relevant, but is this related to diet as well? Are you eating anything you don't normally eat? Dairy produce and chocolate can be triggers (they are in me, anyway). Echinacea and evening primrose capsules (Boots do a gelatin free one if that's an issue) sometimes help as well.

Poor you. Hope it gets better :-)
24/12/2002 at 09:16
I have used the steroid cream which worked but have been told not to use this for long periods of time as it thins the skin. I have been using 1%HC creams on and of as recomended by the doctor but doesn't seam to work and makes the eczema worse.

Its a nightmare this eczema as the best part of my face are my blue eye so the girls use to tell me.

Thanks for your help will try the diet next.
24/12/2002 at 18:03
never had eczema, but have been getting massive dry patches down sides of nose and around eyes, wondered if i was allergic to me own sweat
Interesting reading
24/12/2002 at 18:10
Interesting - I have too.
24/12/2002 at 18:11
AHA
I wear specs when running
(but its happened in the gym when i go spec free as well)
24/12/2002 at 18:13
I don't wear specs. I've been sticking vitamin E cream on it, but it comes back really quickly. I get it in other places as well. Been to the GP about it but he never mentioned eczema.

Allergy to sweat is an interesting thought - the other places are all ones where I get sweaty (lovely thought for you!!)
24/12/2002 at 18:14
I CANNOT believe we are sitting here on Xmas eve talking about this
Funny bisnis, running
24/12/2002 at 18:15
I'm waiting for my bath water to heat up before so I can have a wash and shave before I go out for the evening.

Honest!!!

Fancy a Pringle Benz?
24/12/2002 at 18:16
Im allowed crisps
And , i had ONE choccie today, after none for 10 weeks
Didnt want another though
Im off for bath soon as well
24/12/2002 at 18:18
I've got three packets just sitting in my kitchen ready for my birthday on the 28th, but they keep looking at me making enticing noises!!

Congrats on not touching the chocs for ten weeks :-)
24/12/2002 at 18:19
Pringles?
Go OOOOOOOOn its christmas
specially the barbecue ones that had sold out in tesco this am
24/12/2002 at 18:21
The trouble is, once I start, I know that I'll have to finish.

I start out saying that I'll just have three, and then it's one more, and one more, and so on until I hit the bottom of the tube :-(
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