My daughter, Madeline, has had eczema since she was 3 months old. She is now 8 and only recently did we find a combination of products that has helped. She started doing UVB light therapy in June and that brought moderate improvement, but the real change came when I switched her from the wash and ointment she had been using to a natural olive oil soap and TriDerma’s Eczema Fast Healing Cream.
A mother who saw Mady at a store one day had recommended that I check out www.earthsoap.com, which sells a fragrance-free 100 percent olive oil soap that had helped one of her friends tremendously. I of course went online right away since, as any parent dealing with eczema knows, a parent will try anything that could help. I had not used the soap since I was waiting for Madeline to get better before switching her to something new, but then a book I downloaded mentioned that pure olive oil could be helpful. I remembered the purchase and started using the soap on Mady that night, after a 20-minute soak in the tub. I noticed a difference within two days!
As for the TriDerma cream, I happened to spot it at a drugstore while looking for something that contained aloe vera, since I had also read that it could be helpful. This cream is made with aloe and other soothing ingredients and my daughter says it feels great on her skin.I hope this provides a little comfort to someone out there who is as desperate as I was to find some relief from eczema.
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