AKA fucking eczema.
We are incredibly lucky in this house to have eczema only occasionally and mildly. We do not get the one on the face, in the eyebrows or on the knuckles of the hand, which always makes my eyes water for how dementing it must be for the sufferer.
But we do get it. Last year, before we worked out that what Sam had was eczema, it ran riot all over his inner thighs and goolies, poor little mite.
Then our super sensible GP said “Bath him only once a week and moisturise constantly.” Because he knows me and trusts me he also gave me a steroid cream to use sparingly, but in the end we didn’t need it – the non-bathing/moisturising advice was enough.
And now Sam is eczema-free and is back to having regular baths with no ill effects. But now Kitty has got it! Those strange tell-tale little red patches. The skin scratched raw behind the knee…
So she is getting the same no-bath treatment – she can have one once a week as a treat (she does love to loll about in the bath, that girl) – with bedtime washing of face, hands, feet – whatever’s necessary.
Previous research has turned up two topical non-steroid treatments that I have found work extremely well on non-serious eczema.
The first was recommended here – Child’s Farm unfragranced moisturiser for sensitive skin and the second is sort of batter made from hemp seed called Purepotions Skin Salvation, sent to me by my friend Katharine (she has nothing to do with the brand, she’s just my mate).
In both cases I saw improvements to the look and sensation of the eczema sites with 24.