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Date: 9/11/12 9:38 AM

I've had this on my fingers on my left hand for about 6 months. And interferring with my sewing as my fingers are often sore. I've tried every over the counter remedy there is. It was driving me crazy. I've been trying to go the the demo guy but every doctor I call either doesn't take my insurance, have a 6 month wait or isn't taking new patients. I was at my wit's end. So I tried some of hubby's medicated Gold Bond lotion in the green bottle. In three days it has improved so much I'm beside myself. I usually don't gush about products but this stuff is amazing. I didn't think to use this as it doesn't itch. Primary doc said use corizone which did absolutely nothing. No crazy about the smell but after 6 month of sore cracking skin on my fingers I'll deal with it.

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Date: 9/11/12 9:55 AM

Gold Bond is great. I keep tubes in the car, nightstand, purse...I have dry skin and psoriasis. You might want to try this too--homemade rosemary tea. I've been drinking a cup a day for months now and it has calmed my psoriasis as well as any medication that I've taken.

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Date: 9/11/12 10:08 AM

I have been dealing with eczema most of my life. It gets so bad that the skin on my legs looks like alligator skin. I have used gold bond, but I swear by Lachydrin lotion. You can buy it at CVS. I've been using it since the 1980's when it was only available by prescription.

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Date: 9/11/12 11:24 AM

mine pops up here and there usually just on legs. I had it very bad when I was 23. And since have follow doc's orders and not really a problem with it. But this hand thing was new never before. My sis used to get it real bad on her hands. It's so odd just on my left hand, since I'm left handed I use it more.

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Date: 9/11/12 11:30 AM

What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis.
I have had dry scaly patches of skin between my eyebrows and in the crease of my nose for a while now.
Cortizone has not helped. I will have to try some of the products mentioned above.

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Date: 9/11/12 11:59 AM

Good news, Ada! It's probably not either eczema or psoriasis. You are describing two classic places where sebhorreic dermatitis shows up.

If you haven't seen a good dermatologist for a diagnosis, that would be a prudent thing to do, since sebhorreic dermatitis can be a bit difficult to control. There are a lot more ways to go at it than cortisone. You can read about them here.

Note towards the end of the article the mention of nonsteroidal creams such as 1% metronidazole gel or azelaic acid.

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Date: 9/11/12 12:28 PM

I've had on/off bouts of eczema my entire life. It comes and goes, but I usually get it in the summer which is probably opposite of most people.

Sewing can cause my eczema to flare up on my fingers. Most of my pins are nickel plated and I'm extremely allergic to nickel. If I do a lot of pinning, my fingers will get itchy, red, and sore. Sometimes with bumps, and sometimes raw. Bandaids to the rescue. Nickel residue can also be transferred to other places on the body via sweat or saliva. I once had terrible eczema on my lips from my husband playing the trumpet and kissing me. We kiss quite a lot and I was reacting to his nickel-coated lips from his nickel-coated mouthpiece. I've read that saliva leeches out the nickel. I discovered this via my daughter's reaction to her nickel-plated mouthpiece on her trumpet. She got the same itchy, rashy, eczema lips. She switched to polycarbonate and so did DH. Our lips miraculously healed in a week!

I also tend to steal my kids' prescription eczema creams during a flareup (not on my lips though lol). It calms it right down. Yes, I know I shouldn't use someone else's prescription. They don't use it that much, and the tubes usually get thrown away half full. I'm probably using expired ones but they still work.

A good dermatologist can hopefully provide a solution and clues. Sometimes the cause never presents itself though. I have only identified two or three causes of terrible eczema for me. The other ones remains mysteries to this day, however, I haven't had any eczema patches in several years. It has been limited to my fingers when I'm doing lots of pinning.

Good luck. I hope you find your cause and/or find a good cream that keeps the eczema at bay.

ETA, try bandaids. Maybe you are using different pins? New pins? Old pins? Maybe some pins have more nickel than others if nickel is your problem.
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Date: 9/11/12 1:55 PM

My DH has sebhorreic dermatitis and takes prescription Elidel. Worked instantly and now only uses it on occasion.

Psoriasis--the normal skin cycle is 28 days. With psoriasis, the cycle is 3 days. The results are dry, scaly patches. I have one on my elbow and knee. At it's worst, I've had my inner ears and left side of my scalp a total mess--no fun since it itches like crazy.

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Date: 9/11/12 2:55 PM

if the cortizone cream didn't work, try toe-crack cream. we've found that helpful from time to time, best when applied just out of the shower.

avoid harsh soaps... glycerin is also a problem for yours truly, and it's in a lot of soaps!

one problem that brings it back for me is A/C. especially blowing on my hands from the air vent in the car, or the heat from the hair dryer.

... and last, eat fresh fruits and veggies - especially spinach! - it's great for helping skin to heal, IMO.
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Date: 9/11/12 4:41 PM

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I've had this on my fingers on my left hand for about 6 months.

I wonder if it might be contact dermatitis? Something touching your skin, like hand cream, soap, what-ever. I used to have a peeling problem on a couple of the fingers on my left hand until I stopped wearing a golf glove, when I played golf. It was made of a synthetic material (all-weather [WeatherSoft by FootJoy for those of you who play golf], great for rain) so I figured it was some sort of contact dermatitis from the material or a chemical in the material.

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