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Eczema all over my body!
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Eczema all over my body!

Please help me:
I have sensitive skin and have eczema for years, but the eczema was under control and localized in my leg area....until last year - I had a full blown rash on my face twice, and rash on my whole body twice!  All together I've taken 4 to 5 courses of oral steriod and it's only helped for several weeks then it'll start breaking out again (even though the scale of the break out would be smaller after the oral courses of steriods).  This year, I didn't have this problem till a week ago, my eczema just spread over my stomach, forearms and arms, chest, botttom, back,legs, ALL OVER!!!  THEY ARE VRY VERY VERY itchy!!!  I've been using steriod creams for years and I think my body has developed resistence to it - because it doesn't do anything to my rashes!  I tried taking baths, it helps for about the following 8 to 10 hours but after that it starts to itch again.  I'm already using non-soap body wash, and all fragrance-free lotion products, they only help temporarily.  This is affecting my daily life tremendously and I want it to go away!!!  I DO NOT WANT TO take another course of oral steriod because it's bad for my immune system and bones - I've been using topic steriod for years and years, NOT ANOTHER COURSE OF ORAL STERIOD.  My doctor suggested a steriod shot, which is even a bigger scale of steriod treatment.  I'm just afraid that my body will become completely resistant to it.  I did not have eczema this big of a scale up till last year.  Last year was a stressful year, I graduated and got a new job, big shift in lifestyle adjustement.  I also moved to Sacramento.  After the move was when I noticed my eczema has spread to all over my body.  Is it because of this city?  What else should I do?
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It could be eczema, sweat dermatitis, allergic reactions or eczema.

You need to wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.

Apply calamine lotion at the site of the lesions and see if it helps. You could take some oral antihistamine medications like cetrizine or loratadine. You need to maintain a good personal hygiene .

Anti-itch drugs, often antihistamine, may reduce the itch during a flare up of eczema, and the reduced scratching in turn reduces damage and irritation to the skin.

For mild-moderate eczema a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone or desonide), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide).

Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Moisturizing is one of the most important self-care treatments for sufferers of eczema. Keeping the affected area moistened can promote skin healing and relief of symptoms.

It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination.

Let us know if you need any other information and post us on how you are doing.

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