Eczema creams

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I know this isn’t strictly allergy related, but as many people with allergies also have eczema, hopefully this post will be of use.

We have tried EVERY cream for eczema on the market, and some that aren’t. Doublebase, Diprobase, E45, Hydrocortisone cream, Eumovate, you name it. The best success we had was with a new cream called Altoderm, which is not currently available as we were only able to get it as part of a medical trial. We also tried ‘home made’ (not by us!) concoctions containing herbs and essences and chickweed. We even tried a special unguent prepared in-house by St Thomas’ hospital allergy/eczema specialists. He was allergic to it.

For a long time, the only cream his skin would tolerate was Hydromol, a vaseline-like cream that was a barrier cream, preventing his skin losing moisture but not adding it. It also coated everything, hands, pyjamas, school clothes, in a thick layer of gel. That didn’t even come off in the washing machine.

But a chance remark led us tp the current wonder cream that has changed our lives, and those of a small itchy boy, immeasurably. It is called Aveeno and is made (at least partly) from oats. It is a gentle cream that adds moisture to his skin, and the difference is immense. Parents come up to me at the school gates to remark on how much better his skin looks and he is much happier and less itchy.

Although a branded product, Aveeno is available of prescription, and if you are struggling with eczema, I urge you to try it- what have you got to lose, and the payoff is immense.

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Allergic to washing powder?

Small boy has multiple food allergies and eczema, but thankfully does not seem to have any contact allergies- apart from one. Washing powder.

We only discovered this fact when our car broke down and we were unable to get to the supermarket to buy our normal non-bio. We did, however, have some allergy friendly washing products that had been sent to us for review by our lovely friends over at Mums The Boss (you can read the review here).

So we used Alma Win for an extended period while the car was out of action. It was only once the car was back on the road and we switched back to the normal non-Bio that we noticed small boy’s constant rash and itching had returned. We also noticed that if we visited friends or relatives, where he rubbed against fabrics or even toys that had been washed, his skin would come out in a contact rash. The laundry detergent was definitely to blame!

Alma Win provide environmentally friendly organic laundry, dishwashing and cleaning products that can be tolerated by the skin and are in harmony with man and nature. They are also the only laundry product that has been successfully dermatologically tested.

If you have sensitive skin, or are allergic to washing powder, I would recommend giving it a try. We now use the Cleanut laundry product, which contains soap nuts (not actual nuts!!)

Alma Win environmentally friendly organic products have been successfully dermatalogically tested