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Mar 12, 2016 12:05 PM

Does anyone else have issues with the skin? Like dry eczema type patches itching and tenderness. I have things like that and it extends to my ears. Bleeding and scaley patches in and around ears

Mar 12, 2016 12:20 PM

I have that on my elbows and in my ears for 12th now. My GP says that it is dermatitis. It's driving me crazy.

Mar 12, 2016 12:23 PM

Because it's awful nothing helps it

Mar 12, 2016 12:27 PM

Initially, he thought it was an infection so he gave me antibiotic drops. They worked while I used them. Then he gave hydrocortisone cream, that worked for a week while I used it. Now the antibiotic drops are the only thing that work but only while use them. After 3 days of no treatment, it flares up again. The itch is going to drive me insane.

Mar 12, 2016 2:09 PM

New, I do have eczema as well. I have found for me that using Cetaphil during an eczema flare up really cuts down on the itchiness. I typically use it during the winter months and alternate between that and Dove. Hot water really aggravates it as well as stress.

Mar 12, 2016 3:55 PM

I have psoriasis it has been the Bain of my life since I was 7 year old I'm 50 now and it's never cleared up x

Mar 12, 2016 4:16 PM

I have eczema patches on my elbows, and something really weird going on with itching inside my ear canals. That itch is driving me steadily out of my mind.

Mar 12, 2016 5:05 PM

Amanda.. I have noticed that after my shower it is really deep dry an flaky along with all the other stuff we deal with now it's this little irrating stuff that has to pledged us..

Mar 12, 2016 5:53 PM

Has anyone looked into psoriatic arthritis or Scleroderma?

Mar 12, 2016 5:54 PM

No.gibber I've not looked into that before.

Mar 12, 2016 5:56 PM

If you have joint pain along with the dry skin patches it might be something to consider asking a doc about. Just a thought.

Mar 12, 2016 6:08 PM

Silvrrry I can so relate to the itchy ear canals! I can't get a doctor to even listen to me about it either! I've had three or is it four doctors look at my ears, but none of them saw anything. They even drain to the point I get yucky crusty stuff on the side of my face and huge flakes.

Mar 12, 2016 7:05 PM

Scaryann.. That is exactly what mine does too.. This is a daily event maybe I go a day without anything crusted uo in my ear. I clean it with peroxide too..and it still comes back.
Gibber..I looked it up just now. And it does sound a little like me. I'll see about getting an appointment with my Dr . wonder if I should go to primary Dr or rheumatologist?

Mar 12, 2016 8:22 PM

New, I've tried peroxide, rubbing alcohol, letting water run into them in the shower, antibiotic cream, steroid cream, and even hand lotion. Nothing clears it up for more than one or two days.

Mar 12, 2016 8:24 PM

Oh I know.. I'm almost to the point to just let it be and scratch and pick at it. But even that is annoying

Mar 12, 2016 8:25 PM

It sure is. :-) I've pretty much decided the same thing.

Mar 12, 2016 9:10 PM

New Fibro you'd probably have to get a referral from your GP to see a Rheumie

Mar 12, 2016 9:12 PM

Oh..ok..I've already got a rheumatologist.. Perfect

Mar 13, 2016 1:05 AM

New, I've had the same thing with the ears. Nothing has worked, and dr can't find anything. I tried Peroxide, alcohol...made it worse. I was putting olive oil on my arms (I get these red bumps...they don't itch or anything, they just look awful), and foggy brained, I put some in my ears. It's helped...a lot! So now, once a week I put a couple drops in each ear. None of that crusty discharge and the itching doesn't bother me accept every once in a while. Haven't told the dr, so I don't know if it's a great idea, but I don't care!

Mar 13, 2016 5:13 AM

Is this ear thing related to fibromyalgia because everything that you're all describing is exactly like mine? The weeping, itching, crusting etc

Mar 13, 2016 7:48 AM

That's an interesting thought IrelandLou, I haven't been diagnosed with fibro, but I wasn't diagnosed with hEDS until I was 43 either. I have heard of people having both.

Dlwc58, I'm going to have to try that! I'm willing to try anything at this point!

Mar 13, 2016 9:42 AM

Irelandlou..I don't kneo bit it would seem so.. It looks like the drs don't know either.

Mar 13, 2016 11:28 AM

Hey girls why don't you all try Tiger Balm great for taking itchiness away and reducing redness I use it all the time

Mar 13, 2016 12:11 PM

Have any of you tried Thyme EO oil? I'm studying aromatherapy and EOS and this along with tea tree oil helps my son with his dermatitis, eczema, and scalp issues. We are currently using Gold Bond eczema cream because of the cost of it verses the Cetaphil eczema cream. If you are having issues in the shower make sure all soaps are paraben and sulfate free, still not sure of why but our bodies react terribly when we have autoimmune or similar issues. I have also started my family on Pines Tar soap. It naturally kills bad bacteria while leaving good. You can use charcoal soap instead. Biore' make one with Peppermint that works really well. Don't know if this helps anyone but it's been good in our house. Reduced the scabs on my son's face considerably.

Mar 13, 2016 12:55 PM

I had a problem with dry skin, and cracking skin around my nails, to the point of bleeding sometimes in the winter.
On a whim, I picked up a container of O'Keefe's Working Hands hand cream. That works for me and now I use it on my elbows and any itchy, flaky spots that occur... it helps me. Maybe it could help someone else, too.

Mar 13, 2016 1:34 PM

IrelandLou, I don't have a diagnosis yet, so I'm not sure, but good thought. Fibrogirl, I actually have some Tiger Balm. I love that stuff. SaraB76, thanks for the good info. I'm going to have to try some of that soap.

Mar 13, 2016 1:40 PM

I have scleroderma & I use only water based, parabin & sulfate & gluten & fragrance free products. All the lotions are water based, for maximum absorption. Hope you get the relief you need!

Mar 13, 2016 1:43 PM

I use Pro Design Revive TH shampoo conditioner & scalp treatment. Totally helps with most scalp issues. It's professional, so maybe go to the Pro Design website & see what you find there.

Mar 13, 2016 2:39 PM

Sarab thank you I'll try these ideas

Mar 21, 2016 9:18 PM

Autoimmuner what symptoms do you get with Scleroderma? That's what doc thinks I have along with lupus and sjogrens.

Mar 21, 2016 9:18 PM

Also what meds are you treated with?

Mar 22, 2016 5:28 AM

I also deal with flakiness around my ears, inside them, and my eyebrows and scalp. I use athletes foot cream mixed with Shea butter and other oils for my scalp and coconut oil for my face, ears, and eyebrows. I dealt with my scalp for years of dry big flakes that if I scratch them away my scalp will bleed. I now know it's all cause of my Sjรถgren's syndrome.

Mar 22, 2016 5:34 AM

Did anyone find that Vita d helped at all.

Mar 22, 2016 5:41 AM

I've been experimenting with different vitamins and what not. I've had a lot positive results. I've seen a small improvement but not much

Apr 09, 2016 10:57 PM

Gibber- it's a tightening of the skin. Causes blisters/ulcers? on my fingers. Those hurt so much! I'm on so many meds actually, I have forgotten which ones are for the scerlodoma!

Apr 09, 2016 11:30 PM

I don't have that but there were murmings that it's been caught early. Honestly I'm if it's RA and Lupus. Sorry you battle this. I will more Monday at my follow up.

Apr 10, 2016 7:56 PM

I have been dealing with extremely scaly dry skin for two years. Then I started getting hard crusty callous type places in the folds of my fingers and palms. I saw the dermatologist and he gave me a wonderful compliment and really comforting diagnosis *sarcasm*. After looking at my skin he said, "If never believe you've been sunburned multiple times. Your skin shows no sun damage and is really beautiful." ๐Ÿ˜ Gee, wow, thank you!

Then he showed me a red spot on my chest and called it a Cherry Angioma. He told me that it is a precursor to the crusty, scaly spots, and that I will continue to develop them all over. Oh joy! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I asked what they were & what caused them. He replied, "They come from heredity & autoimmune issues, which we already know you have. They are technically called Seborrheic Keratoses. Your particular ones resemble warts." ๐Ÿ˜จ Omg, thank you so very much! He tells me my skin is beautiful in one breath, and in the next tells me I will be covered in warts! ๐Ÿ˜ต ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Lol

Apr 10, 2016 8:08 PM

Lol..wow flappys.. U have beautiful warts.. Lol

Apr 10, 2016 9:03 PM

Oh dear. You didn't hurt him, did you?

Apr 11, 2016 12:24 AM

Newfibrogirl I have been having the same skin issues for so long now I went to my gp and he gave me oilatum liquid to us in the shower all you do is wet your skin rub some of it all over then leave for 5-10 minutes wash it of then rap a towel around your self sit down for about 10 minutes then pat your self dry don't rub you have to pat then he gave me oilatum cream which you put on all the troubled areas but don't did it completely in you have to let it soak in and it's helped me a lot hope it helps you to

Apr 11, 2016 12:36 AM

Flappsy, I have been having issues with my hands for several years now. I have to say that normally when Fall and Winter come, the backs of my hands become VERY dry, cracked and get areas of thick and crusty spots all over them. It goes only down to my first knuckles so the tips of my fingers are not effected. The rest goes up to my wrists and sometimes beyond. It's painful and burns badly. Usually it stops when the Spring comes and then all Spring/Summer they are soft and nice. This year, they are not going back. They are still all cracked, red, swollen and burning. I went to a dermatologist and they gave me some cortisone cream and advice on different lotions. The pharmacist recommended Amlactin for when there are no more splits and until that happens to use Neutrogena hand cream. It does clear up and one day without it, it comes raging back. I'm going back to the dermatologist because my pcp said it looks like psoriasis. Makes sense as he has said before that he felt I may have psoriatic arthritis. Who knows at this point. The rest of my skin is also still very dry and itchy but then again, the weather here in NY has been raw and snowy again so it makes sense. I hope Y'all find a solution to your skin issues. Sending love and {{{Hugs}}} ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒป

Apr 11, 2016 11:25 AM

Lol, no Silvrrry, I let him live. AlwayZ, my fingertips have always split open every winter, except this year. But we've not had the cold weather either. Spring & summer bugs are going to be bad!!!

Apr 13, 2016 1:24 PM

My hands are an absolute mess!! The backs of them are all cracked and split and red and swollen. They burn without even moving them and bleed when I bend my fingers. Thank God my fingertips are not split. Spring bugs are horrible here too.. I hate them. Hope you're having a good day. {{{Hugs}}} ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ˜Š

Apr 13, 2016 4:09 PM

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion & Sally Hansen cuticle cream is what I use for my hands. Today has been good. Hugs & prayers yours is too! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒผ

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