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by beckybee on Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:13 am

Unknown Skin Condition, Please Help

Hi everyone,

I was looking for some advice on behalf of my boyfriend. He's had this skin condition for about a year, it came suddenly out of nowhere (he's never had any skin problems before). It flares up like this and becomes an itchy, weepy, flakey sore patch. It covers his hands, lower back, neck, bottom and bits of his legs, mainly behind his knees. When it is bad it prevents him from working (he's a chef).

He's seeing doctors and a specialist once a month but no one knows what it is. He's currently on immune suppressants and steroids and his hands especially are still bad. The medicines are making him poorly and aren't fixing it, I know skin problems are complicated and hard to treat sometimes but it seems like it would be a better idea to try to find the cause rather than treating the effect? I don't know! It's really affecting him and I hate to see him in so much discomfort. He's so itchy and his clothes and bedsheets stick to him. He's now scared to use most shampoos, shower gels, washing powders etc because they seem to irritate his skin further. He has a special hand wash from the doctors that he uses and we make sure that everything is hypoallergenic and gentle on skin.

It's really affecting our lives and he is quite down about it, I was hoping for some advice on what else we could do because I've ran out of ideas! If anyone has any ideas on what it could be, what's causing it or who to contact to help get this sorted I would be really grateful.

Becky xx
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by Lisa BSF on Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:49 am

Re: Unknown Skin Condition, Please Help

Hi Becky,

Sorry to hear about your boyfriends skin condition. It sounds like he needs to be referred to a dermatologist by the GP. Alternatively, I can send you a list of dermatologists in your local area if you're based in the UK and you can contact them privately? Drop me an email

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by Johanna Smith on Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:37 am

Re: Unknown Skin Condition, Please Help

Hi, sad to know that. Well, consulting doctor for that is good so that you will know what condition was your boyfriend suffering now. Taking pills and applying several ointments, lotions or any other products would irritate it. I've been in that before, not the same condition with your boyfriend but also another form of skin problem. I only used doxyva to treat it and so blessed that just only after a few days, results were better. This is a transdermal device that is not time consuming and painless solution. You can search it on the internet and get some info. It would be better if you'll take time reading the benefits you can get. I'm sure this will help you with your problem.

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by eczemaliving on Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:44 am

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I'm not sure if you found any relief yet, but if I could offer a suggestion? :cry: my son has all the symptoms especially around nose, cheeks and forehead that flared up after he had dengue fever. :( :( I did not want to use any over the counter medicine so I researched. ( Now he washes his face with a diluted baking soda water daily followed with application of virgin coconut oil on the face after the wash.

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by Canyonsumer on Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:48 am

Re: Unknown Skin Condition, Please Help

It needs to be checked by dermatologist. Sometimes skin problems appeared during adulthood and it's really disturbing.

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