Switching to Petroleum Jelly

Dear NEA Scratch Pad:

I just wanted to thank you for your excellent website. I had severe eczema on my hands and fingers for months. I tried several creams and lotions, and nothing worked. I even researched eczema on the Internet and all the sites just said to use creams and lotions and cortisone. Only after finding the NEA website did I see the warning to avoid lotions in a pump and to try using petroleum jelly instead. That did the trick, and I started seeing results in less than a week! My hands finally look normal again, and I couldn’t be happier!

Thank you again for your informative website.


David Plowman
Long Beach, California

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