I am going absolutely out of my mind!! I'm 26 years old and I have moderate to severe eczema on my right hand. It started about a year ago but has really progressed in the past two months (btw, I was told it is pretty rare to develop eczema after puberty). The itching wakes me up in the middle of the night practically every night. I have tried tons of different products but the eczema is still persisting. Does anyone have any advice or products that you've tried that work? Here are the products that I have used so far:
Eucerin original formula (which is the best moisturizer I have tried so far)
Aquaphor Healing ointment (which doesn't appear to do anything except make my hand feel greasy and warm)
Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair (which made my hand burn so I stopped using it)
Curel Ultra Healing (It's okay but doesn't provide enough moisture for my hands. I've switched to using it for my body instead)
Basis soap for washing in the shower
Cetaphil for sensitive skin (for washing my hands)
Clobetasol (the only prescription product I've used. Works really well but since it has steroids you can only use it for 2 weeks at a time. My eczema doesn't fully go away when I use it and it often comes back in full force after discontinuing the product)
My icky eczema hand
My normal hand, as you can tell the eczema has caused my fingers to swell. I can't even close my index finger all the way and I'm pretty sure it's infected.
To make matters worse, I have another problem with my skin and I have no idea what it is. This is your chance to play House and diagnose me (I'm pretty sure its not lupus). I have had itchy little bumps show up all over my body. I began noticing them about a month ago but I thought it was some sort of heat rash due to my sun bathing (which I know is bad for you...and especially bad for the eczema but I wanted to be tan for my wedding). Once I noticed this I stopped sun bathing immediately but the itchy bumps haven't gone away.
In the past week, the bumps and the itching have increased. They are random and don't appear to be a rash, they look a lot like flea bites but I'm pretty confident we don't have fleas since we have a new carpet and we don't have pets (plus, we've never seen a flea in our house and my husband doesn't have any signs of bumps or itching).
My mother thinks it might be caused by bed bugs from the hotel we stayed at during our honeymoon since the condition intensified during or immediately after our honeymoon stay but I noticed the bumps a few weeks before our honeymoon...so I'm not convinced. Also, I doubt we have bed bugs in our house because I wash my sheets every week...religiously. I recently switched to All's Free and Clear laundry detergent just in case it is some sort of allergic reaction, but it's too early to tell if it has made a difference.
I don't currently have health insurance so I haven't seen a doctor about it but I would love to hear what you guys think it is. The constant itching is driving me crazy and I'm wiling to try anything to get rid of it. Has anyone suffered from something similar? Could it be an allergic reaction to something?