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    Default Mummy with Eczema n Allergies

    Hi there - just wondering if anybody is suffering from eczema/allergies....

    I had eczema as a youngster which cleared up in my teens. However as soon as I got pregnant it came back with a vengence, and my allergies seemed to get worse. Eczema was everywhere when i was pregnant n it was v v sore n itchy. I spoke to the midwife/GP who said it should clear up once the pregnancy was over. But no such luck, the eczema has gone from my tummy n chest but remains n my hands quite badly. Even washing my hands hurts I am exclusively breastfeeding my DD who is 3 months old. Just wondering if any of you guys had a simular story?

    I am thinking of giving up breastfeeding to help my skin and its getting pretty unbearable now, I cant sleep with itching and have to wear wet bandages during the day to heel the cuts n cracks. I dont want to stop feeding my daughter, not only do I enjoy it but the main reason i am choosing to breastfeed is to prevent her suffering with the same misfortune i have had with eczema and allergies.

    Any advice would be greatly apreciated, do you think the breastfeeding is making my eczema worse? Also im a full time nurse, I have only been qualified just over 2 years and love my job but if my hands dont improve i doubt i would be able to return to work for infection control issues which would break my heart

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    Default Re: Mummy with Eczema n Allergies

    My mom and my sister both have bad eczema. For them, it's eggs and chocolate that trigger bad outbreaks. Do you think it could be something in your diet that is causing it? If I were you, I would see a dermatologist or an allergist before I give up BFing.
    ~ Megan

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mek View Post
    My mom and my sister both have bad eczema. For them, it's eggs and chocolate that trigger bad outbreaks. Do you think it could be something in your diet that is causing it? If I were you, I would see a dermatologist or an allergist before I give up BFing.
    Hi Megan, thanks. yeah my eczema is caused by allergies to eggs and gluten which i avoid completely in my diet, avoiding these foods usually means i am clear of any eczema completely. Its just since the pregnancy and breastfeeding its just persistantly bad... unfortuately im in the UK and being referred to a specialist is a difficult and not something i can do without my doctor. And my doctors opinion is that the BFing is taking a toll on my body therefore should clear up once i wean off

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    I have eczema too, my hands get really bad. Mine did not get better when I weaned, it's pretty much still the same. Consider how you would feel if you weaned your baby and your skin did not improve. For me it would not be worth it.

    One thing I've found that has helped me tremendously is using cutar. My son has severe eczema all over his body and when he turned 2 his dermatologist said we should start using a few drops of this mixed with his lotion (which is eucerin and vaseline mixed together). So I started using it on him and noticed my own hands were doing so much better just from putting it on him. I also have some bad spots of eczema on my arms so I tried it on my arms too and it has really been amazing. I've never found anything that helps like this stuff does, not even steroid ointments (which I've been prescribed MANY). When it's really bad (for me and my son) we mix a few drops of cutar with the steroid (you can use hydrocortizone over the counter if you don't have a prescription) and apply that to the inflamed areas and it clears it right up.
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