I've been struggling with a few growing patches of eczema on my hand for about four months now, and it is really starting to have consequences for my quality of life. It's getting to the point where I'm becoming quite depressed and am starting to isolate myself from my normal social situations, and I can't partake in my favourite hobby (cooking) because of the way it causes my skin to flare up, no matter how careful I am.
My questions are, will a moderate case of eczema clear up on its own spontaneously, and what else can I do to care for it?
I have tried the following to take care of it:
1) Protopic - my doctor prescribed this because I am unable to take topical steroids. It worked miraculously well but I've been using it for ten days, and I'll need to stop soon. I know from missing one dose that there will likely be a severe rebound reaction when I wean myself from it.
2) Moisturizers of all types - Some sting so much that I wonder if I've made a mistake. Others, like mayan magic
, really relieve the sting and make me feel like I might be on the right track.
3) Diet - I've cut out beer. Next thing I will try is dairy (I've severely limited intake but will cut out even the milk in my coffee if I thought that will help) or gluten/flour.
4) Stress - I've tried to reduce stress in my life but the condition itself is quite stressful.
5) Hot showers - I remember what hot water feels like. I miss it somewhat.
6) Salty baths - always good for when it itches too much. I found a couple of spots that were peeking through on the inside of my elbows retreated for good after a salty bath, so it must be helpful?
The big thing I am worried about is the protopic rebound. I'd happily use it forever if it was safe, but I suspect it's not.
What are some other strategies that people use? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?