- Eczema and riding
I have been riding a lot over the xmas and new year period, as its been very cold I have now developed a mild form of eczema…its quite uncomfortable and irritating…
My doctor wasn't very helpful…. so any tips or advice to help ease the discomfort on and off the bike ?
CheersPosted 8 years ago
I use a couple of solutions depending on severity.
Topical steroid creams to fix it if it persists.
Sudocrem slathered on the area and then a plaster over the top brings relief and can help smaller splits heal. Take the plaster off after a few hours, let the skin calm down then do it again if you need to.
Big splits I glue together with superglue.
Keep your hands moisturised when in dry cold – when Im doing building work I use a moisturiser and cotton liner gloves inside work gloves.Posted 8 years agoGrimyMember
I suffer quite badly from eczema and the thing that helps the most for me is to keep the area covered stopping the wind drying the skin out. A good greasy moisturiser is esential and bath ointment like oilatium may help sooth after a ride too.
The best product ive found to ease the actual itching is E45's Anti Itch cream. Does what is says on the side of the tube 😀Posted 8 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
Same thing happened to me. I get it on my right hand.
I saw a specialist dermatologist to get the creams sorted but I still have to watch it. Detergents and manual labour make a right mess of it now.
4 days of setting up HtN in the rain reduced it to this state…
Posted 8 years agodan1980Member
Have you changed products that end up in contact with your skin at all?
Whenever I go home to my Dads in wales my Eczema flairs up, and it's down to the water! When I moved in with my girlfriend, my eczema flared up again because she used fabric conditioner in the laundry. Also certain shower gels, shampoos and soaps start up my eczema so I stick to one brand that I no doesn't cause a reaction.Posted 8 years ago
long term use of any steroid is not recommended. Using it to fix an acute flair-up is fine. You will not die in a rolling car of burning ostriches.
topical creams come in varying strengths – your GP will prescribe one that is appropriate to the extent of your eczema.Posted 8 years ago
If your eczema is fairly mild, you may wish to buy one of the steroid creams available over the counter. But, bear in mind that steroid creams can make certain skin conditions worse, and should not be used on some parts of the body.
Some studies show that if you use steroid creams for a very long time and at very high doses, your skin gets thinner
Steroids have a number of side effects, especially if used for an extensive period of time, and steroid creams can cause things like skin thinning, stretch marks, and discoloration. If a skin condition does not respond to steroids, the situation needs to be re-evaluated to determine the best course of action. Some studies have also linked a high use of steroid cream and steroids in general to cancer.
Well a steroid cream has been known to thin the skin a little causing the skin to tear and scar more easily. Normally however you are advised by your doctor to only use steroid creams for a short amount of time.
From numerous sources. for what its worth i had eczema for about 15 years from a very young child. used steroid creams constantly with NO success. went to see a homoeopath and with a combination of herbal remedy tablets (for about a year) and creams (mainly calendula) have been pretty much eczema free for about 10 years now. I have an occasional flare up which when treated with calendula subsides in no time.Posted 8 years agowwaswasSubscriber
steroid creams are great for a short sharp shock type approach to healing an already bad problem. used long term to keep the symptoms under control and int he absence of any use of emolient creasm/baths and avoiding actions likely to exascerbate the problem they can cause issues.
My gp always recommended slapping loads on for a week rather than spreading it thinly for a month…Posted 8 years ago
well done with the ctrl+c, ctrl+v Wiki'ing there warton. Most intelligent people are perfectly aware that long term steroid use can cause problems.
Which bit of the OP's post do you think referred to long term chronic ezcema problems and complications through extended steroid use?
this bit?:Posted 8 years ago
as its been very cold I have now developed a mild form of eczema
I had debilitating eczcma on both hands when I was in my late teens, deep weeping cracks on both my palms, blisters under my skin that would itch and weep on my fingers, awful truly awful, steriod cream helped but didn't eradicate it, thankfully it just disappeared by my early 20's.
I get occasional small patches now, when I do I treat it with HC45 hydrocortisone, it works well.Posted 8 years agoStirlingCrispinSubscriber
I crunch open evening primrose capsules and rub the oil into my skin.
Takes a few days but it works well.
I now use a Scottoiler (water-based lube) instead of chain oil etc, use gloves for washing up with Ecovert washing up liquid, avoid hot water. I've not had any major problems for many years now, so good luck!Posted 8 years ago
I think my mild form of eczema is probably down to a combination of the extra mileage on the bike, out in the dry and cold conditions and along with the change of shower gel etc…
I have been riding for many many years and I spend a great deal of time outdoors and I have never suffered from anything like this before.
Thanks for all the info, very helpful, keep it coming. I am going to stop riding for a few days or so as I dont want the condition to get any worse.
I will do a shop in town tomorrow for some supplies of creams etc and give it a blast!
I now do have sympathy for people who do suffer from eczema…Posted 8 years ago
I was just putting forward a different approach
no you werent. You were criticising a widely recommended, approved and prescribed medication for a skin condition based on personal opinion and unfounded hyperbole.
steroid cream is rubbish, doesn't work, thins the skin, really nasty stuff
Chronic use is linked to skin thinning. Sensible episodal use isnt. If you want to say "steroid cream was rubbish for me" then knock yourself out. But low concentrataion preparations are not "nasty stuff", nor are they in most cases "rubbish" and for the most part they "work".Posted 8 years ago
Where do you live? I'll drop a very small amount of a secret solution in the local river, if you live down stream take a wash in the river a couple of days later and as long as you belive it'll work it's got a reasonable chance, ideally I'd dilute the solution in the ocean, as I don't really want to risk there being any trace of it by the time it gets to you. There will be an extortionate charge for this service however.Posted 8 years ago
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