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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