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Old Aug 4th 2017, 4:34 pm   #16
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my dermatologist recommends
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fairly cheap and readily available and according to their website
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Dry skin, itchy skin, National Eczema Association accepted, psoriasis prone skin care"

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You're a good bunch. It's so good to have a list of tried and true products, I'll no doubt try them all as time goes by. So far the E45 cream is working really well, my skin already looks and feels so much better.

Dave, sometimes a steroid cream is the only thing that'll break the cycle of itchiness/inflammation, glad you got it sorted

Different kind of skin woes today, had the skin tags on my neck (and a couple on my face) removed. What is it about getting older that makes you grow barnacles?! Anyway, it stung like hell and I look like I've been attacked by a swarm of wasps but hopefully it'll be worth it.

The woman who did the procedure in a clinic was nice, but weird. Everything spic and span and sterile, and then after she'd finished torturing me she opened the door and her two long haired chihuahuas wandered in. I was still laying flat on the table - she picked both of the dogs up and deposited them on top of me. Apparently they help people recover from the pain of cosmetic procedures. Like I said, nice but weird (they were kind of cute though)
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You're a good bunch. It's so good to have a list of tried and true products, I'll no doubt try them all as time goes by. So far the E45 cream is working really well, my skin already looks and feels so much better.

Dave, sometimes a steroid cream is the only thing that'll break the cycle of itchiness/inflammation, glad you got it sorted

Different kind of skin woes today, had the skin tags on my neck (and a couple on my face) removed. What is it about getting older that makes you grow barnacles?! Anyway, it stung like hell and I look like I've been attacked by a swarm of wasps but hopefully it'll be worth it.

The woman who did the procedure in a clinic was nice, but weird. Everything spic and span and sterile, and then after she'd finished torturing me she opened the door and her two long haired chihuahuas wandered in. I was still laying flat on the table - she picked both of the dogs up and deposited them on top of me. Apparently they help people recover from the pain of cosmetic procedures. Like I said, nice but weird (they were kind of cute though)
Glad it's working I always bring loads back here with me, its invaluable!

If you need a 'hit' of something stronger, try Eumovate - more of a medicated cream than just one for dryness, but its good if you need something with more power for a couple of days. Get it in chemists and as far as I know its still non-prescription. E45 also do bath oil, as you may have discovered, and a hydrocortisone, again non-prescription, called HC45.
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If you need a 'hit' of something stronger, try Eumovate - more of a medicated cream than just one for dryness, but its good if you need something with more power for a couple of days. Get it in chemists and as far as I know its still non-prescription. E45 also do bath oil, as you may have discovered, and a hydrocortisone, again non-prescription, called HC45.
Thanks lovely I didn't know about the E45 bath oil! As the cream seems to suit me I'll try the oil as well.
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Argan oil. Beware the stuff that's usually hawked in UK, sometimes with less than 5% of actual argan oil -- you need 100% pure. Don't know where you can buy it, but I guess the internet will resolve that for you. (There's two types, one alimentary, the other cosmetic.)

It's similar to olive oil, and equally as wet, so may not be so suitable under clothing.
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Argan oil. Beware the stuff that's usually hawked in UK, sometimes with less than 5% of actual argan oil -- you need 100% pure. Don't know where you can buy it, but I guess the internet will resolve that for you. (There's two types, one alimentary, the other cosmetic.)

It's similar to olive oil, and equally as wet, so may not be so suitable under clothing.
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I always thought that itchy skin was a result of living in Alberta, a fairly arid place. Even tho' I am now back in England, at times a fairly wet place, itchy skin has driven me mad-like needles sticking in my skin-face, ears, eyes, and arms. I have tried everything-sudacreme, hydro cortisone, E45, calamine lotion. Finally I went to the doctor for something to stop the ear irritation. I wish I hadn't. He started off by telling me the many serious internal conditions that manifest themselves with itchy skin, he couldn't just tell me the more likely cause-anno domini- or plain old excezma. I ended up with a one-time prescription for a steroid medication. Worked a treat on my ears.

Further to my post about itchy skin (above) It just got worse and worse-arm worst affected came out cracked and bloody. Ear-the itch was intolerable.
Saw a nurse today in the doctor's office, and she said that all the stuff I had been putting on to relieve the itching was useless. She said that I was allergic to soap. So she gave me a big jar of gloop and said to wash only with that in future.


As for my ear-she found no sign of infection-and told me to use extra virgin olive oil droplets.


Hope she is right.
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oh you poor thing!

a lot of people are sensitive to the SLS (sodiumlaurylsulfate?) in soaps and toothpastes.. you can buy products without it these days. Saying that you are allergic to "soaps" is a bit too general since they all share some ingredients but not everything.

good luck with the gloop,hope it works.
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oh you poor thing!

a lot of people are sensitive to the SLS (sodiumlaurylsulfate?) in soaps and toothpastes.. you can buy products without it these days. Saying that you are allergic to "soaps" is a bit too general since they all share some ingredients but not everything.

good luck with the gloop,hope it works.

Quite agree about the generalization-allergic to soap. 6 hours after applying the gloop, as an emollient to ease the intense pain, the skin on my arm blistered, don't know if it was the gloop, but a sleepless night ensued.


This morning I managed to get an urgent appointment with the doctor, after showing the doctor's receptionist what looked like a chemical burn on my arm and scalp. Doctor prescribed anti-histamines and steroid cream, saying they would break the cycle-whatever that means. Did my original post, jokingly referring to serious underling causes of skin inflammation presage something more serious-hope not. I now have an appointment with a medical imaging clinic to photograph the inflammation on my skin for specialist review.


What! Only been to the doctor about twice in forty years.
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Quite agree about the generalization-allergic to soap. 6 hours after applying the gloop, as an emollient to ease the intense pain, the skin on my arm blistered, don't know if it was the gloop, but a sleepless night ensued.


This morning I managed to get an urgent appointment with the doctor, after showing the doctor's receptionist what looked like a chemical burn on my arm and scalp. Doctor prescribed anti-histamines and steroid cream, saying they would break the cycle-whatever that means. Did my original post, jokingly referring to serious underling causes of skin inflammation presage something more serious-hope not. I now have an appointment with a medical imaging clinic to photograph the inflammation on my skin for specialist review.


What! Only been to the doctor about twice in forty years.
That sounds really painful Dave I'm glad your doc's onto it and you're getting reviewed by a specialist. Hope the pain eases soon

I'm looking less like a snake and more like a human now. E45 cream for very dry skin, and Sanex shower cream instead of soap - it's cheap as anything (around £2 for a big bottle) so I was a bit sceptical, but it seems to suit my skin. Doesn't smell like a hospital either
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I'd go straight to ER department where you would probably be seen by a dermatologist.
Your GP is messing you about IMO. You appear to have a serious skin condition that is causing you real pain and waiting around taking what could be unnecessary and useless medication if there is something more serious going on.
Go to the hospital and show them the burns.
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Highly recommend you go to your nearest Neal's Yard Remedies shop or look at their website. They have pure argan oil, coconut oil, calendula cream (excellent for dry skin patchy & relieving the itch), and lots more. No doubt they'll make some helpful suggestions. I like Calendula & Oat Cream, their baby oil & Mother's Balm 👍🏼 Best of luck!
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I'd go straight to ER department where you would probably be seen by a dermatologist.
Your GP is messing you about IMO. You appear to have a serious skin condition that is causing you real pain and waiting around taking what could be unnecessary and useless medication if there is something more serious going on.
Go to the hospital and show them the burns.

I found the experience frightening. From a nasty itch, welts and blood on my skin, I finally had something called a thermograph test on my skin. I asked the clinician what she was looking for, and she said to test for malignancy. Weeks after the test was done I still had not heard from the clinic, so I called three or four times and was told someone would call me. Nobody did. Back to the clinic. "Oh, it is not malignant", just some unpronounceable skin condition, they said, which has left me with an ugly lesion. This is scheduled to be excised, but when I do not know-not given a date. At least I know what it is now. So no more anxiety.
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I found the experience frightening. From a nasty itch, welts and blood on my skin, I finally had something called a thermograph test on my skin. I asked the clinician what she was looking for, and she said to test for malignancy. Weeks after the test was done I still had not heard from the clinic, so I called three or four times and was told someone would call me. Nobody did. Back to the clinic. "Oh, it is not malignant", just some unpronounceable skin condition, they said, which has left me with an ugly lesion. This is scheduled to be excised, but when I do not know-not given a date. At least I know what it is now. So no more anxiety.
Glad it worked out.

FYI, from a post higher up, 'break the cycle' is a major issue with skin conditions. The problem is that one scratches the itch, thus irritating the skin and causing more itching.
Antihistamines can (usually) stop the itch and thus break the cycle, whilst the steroids/antibiotics etc deal with the underlying condition.
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