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  • Mounty_73
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    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 ?

    Cheers

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    Where is it? Back of knee joint?

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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.

    Mounty_73
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    Back of knee's
    Elbows
    Lower back around the waist area

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    I'd knock the riding on the head for a week, ask the doc for some steroid cream. It'll clear up in no time, then use sudocrem etc to protect when cols.

    Grimy
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    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 😀

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    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…

    dan1980
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    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.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    I get pretty much the same as Harry although that looks like a pretty intense bout there.

    I have to avoid solvents or dust as that aggravates.
    Plenty of moisturiser regularly – I keep a small tube with me at all times.

    thomthumb
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    aloe vera gel.

    rub on externally.

    but also take the oral stuff – taste shite but it seriously works.

    Mounty_73
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    The only thing that I know I have recently changed is shower gel, I am now going to switch over to a perfume free one.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    its not the perfume neccessarily – it often flairs with Laureth though, which you find in most soaps.

    Foam burst shower gel ruins me. Like Harry's hand. Was prescribed steroid cream and emollient ceam – the emollient was the business, though did give me a rather slimy handshake.

    Mounty_73
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    Southern Yeti – thats what I switched over to…I reckon thats the cause of mine…

    warton
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    calendula cream is great. steroid cream is rubbish, doesn't work, thins the skin, really nasty stuff

    I used it twice about 3 yrs apart, hey presto, ruined skin. Don't have the problem with anything else but use Sanex shower gel now as was recomended that it was 'kind to sensitive skin' ha ha.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    steroid cream is rubbish, doesn't work, thins the skin, really nasty stuff

    riiiiiigghhht.

    Dont worry everybody, the resident dermatologist has turned up… 🙄

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    steroid cream is rubbish

    Erm, it works very well. Over use could be a problem, but in acute cases it's really good.

    Mounty_73
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    Yeah, I have been using the foam busrt for about 2 weeks and its during the last 4 or 5 days that its just got worse…its been binned now…

    Mounty_73
    Member

    My Dr did say to use the steriod cream very thinnly, as it can thin the skin…which is why I dont feel inclined to use it all that much 🙁

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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.

    warton
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    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.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    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…

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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?:

    as its been very cold I have now developed a mild form of eczema

    KINGTUT
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    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.

    warton
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    I was just putting forward a different approach stoner, what don't you like about that?

    Premier Icon StirlingCrispin
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    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!

    warton
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    Mounty, give Calendula a go, I guarantee it will work, pick it up from most chemists, 4 quid a tube

    KINGTUT
    Member

    I should add that both calendula and aloe vera didn't work for me at all.

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    I'd be careful guaranteeing anything will work warton! 🙂

    The likely benefit of calendula cream is in it's emollient base.

    Mounty_73
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    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…

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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".

    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.

    KINGTUT
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    I will do a shop in town tomorrow for some supplies of creams etc and give it a blast!

    Have a chat with a pharmacist, if your ezcema is sweat induced then Canetsten do an cream especially for it.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    if your ezcema is sweat induced then Canetsten do an cream especially for it.

    mmmmm. yeasty…. 😉

    warton
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    If you want to say "steroid cream was rubbish for me" then knock yourself out.

    Fair enough, I get a bit worked up about steroid creams(sadly enough)! They didn't work for me, they may work for other people 😀

    smiffy
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    I knew a girl with eczema all over her body.

    She had a cracking pair of teats

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