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Using Otc Anti-Itch Cream On Dh


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#1 BeFree

 
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:12 PM

I have this rash that appears very much like DH, but I have not been diagnosed. I know that persons with gluten intolerance and/or Celiac can be prone to other skin conditions such as exzema.

SO, today at the store I got some exzema cream to try on it, in case it might work. If I do in fact have DH, will it hurt anything to put OTC exzema cream on it? Should I or should I not do this?
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

Some people have reported good itch relief using Orajel. The stuff for toothaches. It has a skin numbing ingredient that helps with the itch.



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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:17 PM

I can't imagine that using any approved medication will have any negative effect on someone with DH (unless it has gluten or iodine in it, debatably-not everyone has the same reaction to topical gluten or iodine).

And probably not much positive effect either.

People have success with various creams, etc to help with symptoms, but nothing to my knowledge has any effect on the malady itself.

For me, anything that keeps the skin moistened definitely helps.
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:52 PM

I've had some luck with the Whole Foods mint lotion combined with aloe, apple cider vinegar, organic extra virgin coconut oil and clear calamine lotion. I soak in a tub with the aloe, acv, evco. Then I make a paste out of the mint lotion and calamine. This has been the result of 7 months of trial and error. Also, I've used the orajel but the tubes are so small!

Another thing I've been practicing for the last couple days is called "tapping" or motional freedome technique. It's like performing accupressure on yourself. I downloaded a free ebook and though why not give it a try. Today I was walking and my feet and back were starting to itch and I used the technique and I swear it worked! I figured why not? I've tried everything else, lol!
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:20 PM

Ryniev,

Can you pass on the link for the ebook?
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:29 AM

Ryniev,

Can you pass on the link for the ebook?


This is their website. You'll have to scroll down and register your name and email to get the free ebook. Hope it helps. :D

http://www.thetappin...com/reviews.php
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:47 PM

"I can't imagine that using any approved medication will have any negative effect on someone with DH"

OK thanks, I was concerned that if I put the wrong thing on it, it could irritate the DH or make it worse. That doesn't seem to be the case. At least no one has said it happened to them as of yet.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

As to my experience there is nothing you put ON the dh that makes it either better OR worse. Unless maybe you rubbed gluten directly into it. And I doubt anyone would willingly try that to find out what happens.

You can use things that help the itching but that's about it.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:36 AM

As to my experience there is nothing you put ON the dh that makes it either better OR worse. Unless maybe you rubbed gluten directly into it. And I doubt anyone would willingly try that to find out what happens.

You can use things that help the itching but that's about it.


Ditto this. Before I found out what it might be...I tried cortizone cream, antifungal cream, 2 types...then I finally saw a dermatologist who vaguely dianosed it as stress induced excema and gave me the strongest steroid cream they have...and all that did was slow the turn over rate on it...and made it itch hurt SO much WORSE!

I have found keeping lotion on it, seems to help my skin from cracking so much.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:15 PM

The only things I've noticed are that 1) steroids may reduce it but stops it from healing completely 2) anything astringent or scented seems to irritate mine, but that could be because that stuff tends to irritate my skin anyway.

Lotions help - I prefer Vanicream, and Dove unscented products work ( I mean the ones that don't smell at all - the unscented body wash has a scent that turns me green).

I've had a spot on my finger lately - unsure what it is - but it does better if I cover it with some shea butter/olive oil salve and a bandaid.

I think everyone here may react to some otc product - we all seem to have slightly different sensitivities. If you find one that works for you stick with it.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:01 PM

Benzocaine products work for the pain, sting and itch.
Walgreens Pain Relieving Ointment
Solarcaine
Bactine

They only work temporarily but sometimes it is a great relief.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

Doesn't the prescription Dapsone that I've read about even work?
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:05 PM

Read these threads all the way through. Check out Dapsone thoroughly before you jump on it. Be aware of what you take & what it may do to you both good & bad. Believe me, I wish there were magic for this beast. Personally, I wouldn't touch Dapsone with a 10 ft. pole even though I am a squirmingitch! AND even if I didn't have a sulfa allergy.

http://www.celiac.co...rgy-no-dapsone/

http://www.celiac.co...dapsone-and-dh/

http://www.celiac.co.../86903-dapsone/

http://www.celiac.co...red-of-dapsone/
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Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.

 





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