I have been an eczema sufferer since age 17, and I am now 44. The eczema started on the inner elbows of my arms. Then my hands were affected; I would get these very small blisters that intensely itched, and then my fingers would swell and weep. In a Scratch Pad letter, a gentleman suggested going on an elimination diet. This meant eating nothing but chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower for about a week, then adding certain foods back in to the diet to see what was causing the itch. This was a very difficult thing to do! But after three days I noticed the itching on my hands was gone. After thinking the problem was wheat for a while, I finally pinned it down to tomatoes/tomato sauce, and soda pop/coffee. Pinpointing a food was difficult since my itching usually started the morning after eating an offending agent. A food diary can be helpful. The other thing that has really cleared the cracks on my hands just lately is Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Crème in a lavender-colored tube. Good luck on your journeys.
Do you have a story or tip to share about what’s helped with your eczema? Email us your Scratch Pad tip so that we may publish it and help others!
The recommendations contained in the Scratch Pad are those of the contributor. NEA provides health information from a variety of sources; this information is not intended as medical advice. Persons with questions regarding specific symptoms or treatments should consult a professional health-care provider.