I am eczema free now

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by Eczema gone on Thu May 25, 2017 6:35 pm

I am eczema free now

I had eczema and I am cured of it & have been eczema free for 5 years now.

I had moved to a city which has extreme climate, is arid & the water there is very hard in early 2010.
On a hot August afternoon that year, we were playing football and I started to feel itchy on my arm and saw a red bumpy rash and ignored it.
There was first one & then several angry red bumps filled with fluid that were extremely itchy on my arm!
Before I knew what was happening, my whole body was covered with this ugly, horribly itchy, oozing, red rash.

Despite, my best intentions, I somehow or the other ended up scratching them increasing my agony.
My husband rushed me to a leading dermatologist who pronounced the condition as eczema.
He believed my condition was linked to hereditary asthma on my maternal side, though I had no respiratory or skin problems until then.
He said unfortunately, there was no cure and I will need to learn to manage it.
He gave me oral medication as well as lotion to apply that contained steroids.
He also said that I should avoid bathing/showering in hard water.

The condition subsided with the medication but the eczema reappeared on my palm.
The more steroid cream I used, the more I needed and it began to spread so I discontinued the cream and lived in misery and embarrassment.
Though I tried, I would end up scratching when I was distracted or asleep.
The situation worsened during winter but by now the eczema infected area and rash wasn’t wet, it was dry
cracked, bloody and itchy as hell!.
I remember once when I held my young niece's hand to help her cross the road, she said to please use my other hand as this one was too rough and hurt her.

Then, I received advice from a doctor, no less; that changed everything!
I heated regular castor oil available at pharmacies and infused it with fresh neem leaves from nearby tree and a crushed camphor tablet. The camphor tablet was nothing special either, it's what we Indians use for puja and there was some in the home temple.
I applied this oil on my palm 3-4 times a day, slowly but surely the condition improved and the eczema was cured within a few months.
Thereafter, when couple of times I had one or two new, tiny, itchy, red bumps/rash that felt like the beginning of another episode, I just wet the area and rubbed regular table salt on it 2-3 times a day till the itching stopped and the rash subsided.

I continued to live in the same city and used hard water without any adverse effect and have had no recurrence.
If this post helps even one person become eczema free or even manage it better, I’ll be grateful to God all over again! :)

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by CastorOil4Eczema on Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:30 am

Re: I am eczema free now

From what I read people with contact dermatitis heal/benefit the most from using castor oil. The skin barrier is made up of layers of dead skin cells bound together by a mixture of fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol lipids that prevents loss of water from the deeper layers of the skin also to stop harmful elements from penetrating into the skin. Castor oil is high in fatty acids. When you have contact dermatitis you've damaged the skin barrier. Castor oil helps to repair the skin barrier.

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