If this is mild dermatitis then I must have super-mild dermatitis. And still it's incredibly irritating. Itchy, cracking, ultra-dry, swollen, painful. There's no end to the itch ... except when the skin breaks and cracks. Then there's no end to the throbbing pain.
I'm using jojoba oil and thanks to Aileen, I'm smearing natural shea butter all over my hands. (Aileen, I'll bet you had no idea what a lifesaver you'd be when you sent that to me!) I'm drinking at least three liters of water a day. Thanks to Gigi, I've slept in cotton gloves. I was using Egyptian Magic for a while. It helped a lot. But hasn't quite stopped the flare-ups. I'm going to stop using that just in case I'm having an allergic reaction to the bee products. Who knows.
I tried using OTC cortisone cream. But that seems to have made it much worse. So, no more steroids for me, thanks.
I've done some reading and it seems I shouldn't use soap - especially the antibacterial kind. Um, that's all I've been using. So I bought the recommended natural castile soap.
I recently used bleach in my laundry. I noticed an outbreak around that time. I know I need to use natural laundry cleaners -- with no fragrance or detergents. I'm extremely sensitive to that stuff. Oh, I also started using a fabric softener in the dryer. Apparently I'm not supposed to use that either. Whatever it takes.
I've never had such an outbreak of eczema as I have had these last couple of months. It was starting to clear up over the weekend. Really almost gone. I was thrilled. And one little stressful upset (think: couch) brought it back in full force, worse than before. That's all I can relate it to: STRESS.
There are a couple more solutions that are suggested. I'm headed out to look for those...even though this one clearly states it's only available in the UK. Figures. They have all the good stuff.