Alopecia/hair loss

Eczema Voice: Eczema and the Body: Alopecia/hair loss


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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Jorge on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 08:16 pm:

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Ririz on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 08:16 pm:

Thank you! I'm tired of people obnsesisg over hair growth and length. There has to come to a point where you just have to get over it and just let your hair be, and appreciate it for what it is regardless of how short or long it is. I esp. really don't understand it when some people say "my hair goal is to grow 6 inches in two months in time for prom." What, you can just magically make your hair grow a certain length? The obsession does need to stop. Long hair is overrated. I wish people can accept short hair as being just as beautiful, and that no matter what, it WILL grow. Sorry for the rant lol, I'm just tired of the hair growth/length obsession that some people have.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Smile on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 07:51 pm:

Hi

I'm 37 years old, I've had exzema since I was very young but in small patches on my arm or leg. When I turned 20 the exzema got on my neck and eventually my head would itch. I thought I had dandruff but as I got in close to 30, my hair started getting thinner. I tried everything to grow it back from shampoos, to lazer treatment and number of skin specialist & hair websites. 8 months ago I went to a naturopath for issues with my stomach and I found out I was allergic to wheat, eggs, milk, soy, potatoes (glutten). The naturopath gave me natural meds to cleanse my body organs to rid bacteria. This is where the exzema & hair problems come in. After resolving the stomach issue my naturopath doctor has started to work on my exzema and skin issue. It's all based on my head. Exzema leads to poor skin this making ur s all itch and prevents hair to fall slowly. Right now I'm going through a cleanse that will help my skin issues. The itching in my head has stopped and I do see some new hair regrowing. I guess my point is as the naturopath says is that our bodies have a way of correcting themselves n we can reverse the effects whether its excema or hair loss or more. I honestly have stopped going to doctors n other sites to find solutions to my hair loss, the naturopath goes deeper into the issue dissecting reason why things happen. I suggest if any of you really have a huge concern I'd def look into a naturopath doctor. I'm 37 and since I was 19 no doctor or test told me my stomach issues n exzema n hair loss was due to the food I ate which my body was rejecting . One issue down & now I'm going through the natural way to correct my skin issues to correct my hair issues. :)

I hope this helps for anyone wanting a different solution

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By hande on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - 08:22 am:

Hey there,

I attach a link about demodex which i believe people should be aware of that because it may causes alopecia.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Demodex

Please check if you have this or not.

Hande

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Hande on Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 03:26 pm:

Hey there.. I ve eczema for 3 years now. I think main cause was stress and sadness. But now that i m ok it just dont fade away and i keep loosing my hear. ý went to see a doc but they just cant help. they say use this medicine for the rest of your life!! is that a solution!!!??!!!
Rather than a solution i just need desperately to find a way to prevent hair loss. If anyone can suggest anything that worked before, i would be greatful.

Cheers
Hande

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sue on Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 03:36 pm:

when I was a young girl about 7 yrs old my hair fell completely along the hairline. I suspect it was due to eczema because I had it in my eyes then. Am now 39 (how time flies) and my mom took me to the doc then and while queueing at the doc's a lady friend advised my mom to buy for me TCP antiseptic and we left without even seeing the doc and my hair grew back after applying the antiseptic undiluted. It worked like magic and I only used lessthan a bottle of 200 ml.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By SS on Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 02:44 am:

Please start taking Vitamin D (D3). There is a huge amount of research in recent years about the connection between low D levels and autoimmune problems, inc. all these issues with skin and hair. Usual recommendation is 5000 IU daily for adults/teens and 2000 IU daily for babies and kids (drops or chewables). You want to get your levels tested eventually--should be 50-100 ng/mL

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Concerned parent on Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 08:26 pm:

My 1 year old has had ezcema since she was only a few months old. The first doctor I took her to treated it as ringworm, and it got worst from there!! It's a tortures process, especially for her age! She is up half of the night scratching. The creams and liquids show no improvements whatsoever and they still insists on prescribing them. I read a statement about garlic, is it safe or healthy if she eats a small portion or maybe sprinkle the garlic powder on her food?!? I hate seeing my baby girl suffering this way, it hurts my heart.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Janelle on Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 03:15 am:

Stay with this guys, you're heilpng a lot of people.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By mriley09 on Friday, December 16, 2011 - 04:24 am:

I'm so glad this site is out there, my 5 year old son started losing his hair in the last year and now I had it shaved but it's still patchy. I feel so bad for him, the doctor said it could be related to stress (my sons father passed away last november) but that it could also be related to his eczema. I'm hoping his hair will come back as he's still kinda sensitive about it but I'm glad I can show him this site when he's a bit older. Hang in there, everyone :) <3

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Magdelina on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 11:43 am:

Keep these articles conmig as they've opened many new doors for me.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Worried girl on Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:07 am:

Nice to know that im not the only one expirancing this , had it for over 15 years . I have been to so many doctors and took tones of drugs but no improvement and it seems to be spreading, any suggestions on what to do ?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By jazzy on Monday, August 01, 2011 - 11:09 pm:

Hi,im 13 and have only had eczema for about 2 years now. i have it on my scalp, in my ears, down the back of my neck and small patches on my face. i hate it! no one at home understands!! i have to apply a steroid cream,gel after ive washed my hair, wash my hair wut a certain shampoo and take medicine for the itching! i hate hate hate having to do this and i want a simpler solution!

Atfirstt my doctor thought it was psoriasis and i had to rub coconut oil onto my scalp and sleep in a shower cap! i went to school with terribly greasy hair and got bullied about it! i came home everyday crying. one night i had picked at the eczema trying to get rid of it and it cracked all down my head and was weeping and sore. i went into the hospital the next day and i had got an infection :( they discovered i had eczema and i have been referred to the hospital but all my doctor ther says is that i must try harder! I DONT WANT TO TRY HARDER! I DONT WANT ECZEMA FULL STOP! i think im depressed too and need your help. please help. Jazzy x

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By pro-gardener on Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 09:44 pm:

Actually, a clove of garlic chewed raw along with breakfast or lunch will flush all the histamines that is causing the eczema. Raw garlic has kept my skin clear of eczema for the last 20 years and my hair is very long and healthy because garlic is also high in nutrients that feed your hair. I suffered with eczema for 30 years and used all sorts of prescribed creams only to find out this is one of the best and healthiest ways to handle not only my skin but my husbands scalp condition as well. You want to chew a clove (or half a clove) each day at mealtime (not on an empty stomach) and within a week the intense itching will begin to go away and eventually, your skin and scalp will start to clear.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By jo on Monday, November 08, 2010 - 06:15 pm:

My scalp is tight and itchy, I have gone through this in the past with no one being able to tell me what is going on. I suffered from alopecia many years ago and had to get shots to grow my hair back. The last times this happened i just kept doing what i always do and it went away. But it took a long time, months and months. Its been about 3 weeks of this being back again, just wish someone could help me

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By no to henna on Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 08:44 am:

NoNoNo dont use henna!!!! Honestly, I know its 'natural' but it is really harsh. My sister didnt have eczema or anything, just wanted to dye her hair, used henna a couple of times and had to cut it all off because it turned so dry and frizzy,,,, I think its metallic salts in it or something. Its not good. Maybe use a toner, you know, a wash in wash out?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sara on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 11:15 am:

hi guys, its me again just read this article on natural hair dyes, have a read and see what you think, not tried it just found it.

Are There Any Natural Hair Dyes?

Henna is a natural dye which thickens hair (coats it), as well while coloring your hair safely, and thus any Henna based dyes should be fine (providing they contain no chemicals such as the dreaded phenylenediamine of course).

Henna naturally gives hair a red through auburn to deep brown colour but you can mix it with other herbs to give other colours.

It can be purchased on it's own or already mixed, ready to be applied and is one of the few things that can cover grey hair successfully.

Also, unlike chemical hair dyes the colour builds up and deepens over time too - so if you dye it a few times a year it will get deeper and richer each time.

Problems with an itchy scalp and hair dyes are common but easily treatable with simple home ingredients. Visit my website and you'll discover some of the top natural home remedies for treating problems linked to itchy scalp and hair dyes

Hope this helps, as i keep looking for answers and don't seem to be having much luck. hence me keep sharing my knowledge & help, hope this helps someone?
sara xxx

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sara on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 10:59 am:

hi guys, well what can i say, i have scalp eczema and i am really upset as i have had hair loss and a couple of really thinning ares, i was given betnovate which turned my hair orange and did nothing really in fact i think it made my hair worse, i have tried all the anti-dandruff shampoos which also did nothing. My problem started after I threw out my partner of 4 years for cheating on me, so i no my problem has started with stress through that b*****d!!! excuse my french, i have stopped using betnovate and am using a steroid lotion which i apply 1-2 times a day depending on weither i need it, I am also using aloe vera shampoo and conditioner from holland & barrett and give my hair a gentle massage when washing, it seems to be growing back slowly but am in constant fear of loosing more hair, i had beautiful hair shiny, thick and healthy and i cant believe i now have this, i read last night that you have to wait for your hair to go into remission and it may flared back up!!! god guys what a nightmare, i am trying not to stress about it as this only makes it worse, i had botox 6 weeks ago to make me feel better, but since having that it seems to have got worse completely drying out my scalp, NIGHTMARE, I am cosidering buying a wig as i need to dye my hair but daren't, are there any natural gentle dyes out there? I'm gona check it out and will get back to you on that, i read root yucca shampoo helps with itchy eczema? not tried that yet but you can buy that off e-bay, has anyone tried that, well guys try not to stress and will stay posted & remember your not on your own!!! take care sara xxx

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By aundrea on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:14 am:

Hi! I'm Aundrea! Well I have suffered from eczema for as long as I can remember.... The only thing I would like to know is if it's safe for me to dye my hair?! Can I use non-alcoholic dye!? Or am I doomed?! I have light eczema on my scalp.. two spots on my thigh, and have very sensitive skin

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By maria on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 03:43 pm:

-for the four year old...

i dont know how much scientific evidence there is,but it has worked for so many people i know...

shaving the whole scalp often encourages hair regrowth
and it is obviously easier to do when your younger,so maybe before a summer holiday or a trip abroad where you can wear a cap until it begins to grow back

that and massage massage massage!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By richars1 on Monday, December 21, 2009 - 08:24 am:

Alex,

My derm has offered to put me on Methotrexate for a period of time as I am struggling to cope with my condition. I'm obviously not keen on the idea but I am thinking about this. I really need to regain some quality of life. Have you noticed any other side effects whilst on it. How have you found it in general?

Thanks Rich

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Alex on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 10:27 am:

Hmmmm, it's been over 2 years since I last posted on this page, and since then, I have regained most of the thickness in my hair.

I still have eczema, and it's still active, though my scalp is not as bas as it was at the time of my previous post.

I was booked in to see a consultant, and it was his belief that my hair loss was being caused by the eczema on my forehead, and in turn he believed was the cause of an imbalanced immune system.

I have been on a course of methotrexate for this condition for nearly a year, and in that time, my scalp has settled, with the return of most of my hair thickness.

I'm not saying this will be a guaranteed cause of anyone elses hair loss problem, but it might be worth discussing it with your GP

Alex

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By timmy on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 12:07 am:

i also have hair loss real bad from eczema...but i have also got pku which is wat is causing my eczema as i have high phe levels in my blood as i cant breakdown protein right so the phe comes out through my skin causing eczema i only got this a few months ago and feel for all of ye the itchying is v annoying my itching has most gone and my scalp is as flaky.i just need to get my phe levels right

ppl try vitamin e oil and zinc(helps wit itching)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Andy on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 09:49 am:

Well I have had pretty bad scalp eczema. The worst of it being really intense itching and a really bad flaking. I could hide it because of my really thick hair but I always appeared to have really bad dandruff which is very embarrassing.

What has helped my all over body eczema was using Epaderm. It's very greasy but it works really well if your eczema is particularly dry like mine all over. This helps to reduce the itchyness, which reduced my scratching and helps allow your skin to heal.

For the scalp I actually shaved my head down to a clip 1. I applied Epaderm just like on my skin and this has helped quite a lot. The dryness/flakeyness has been reduced significantly and this has reduced my scratching significantly and allows my scalp to heal. Although still very short as my dark hair has been growing I have noticed at the back of my head the area I seemed to itch the most is thinner then the rest of my head. I am hoping as my scalp heals this will become normal although its not really noticeable. I am going to keep my hair very short until I am happy my scalp is in good condition.

One thing I remember that did help was "Betacap Scalp Aplication ( Betamethasone Valerate)" Applying this twice a day even with very thick and medium length hair it got rid of the itchyness. It is a liquid so it soaks very well through your hair. I would definitely give it a try, ask your doctor.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By ros on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 02:01 pm:

i'm 16 and i've had eczema for as long as i can remember but i have never been so ill from it in my life, it's scaring me witless because i never thought you could get side effects like these from eczema. i thought i had flu or something because i couldn't stop shivering. i had a course of oral steroids but since then have lost a lot of hair from around my hairline to the point where i am practically bald under the top layer of hair so at least people can't see it but i've been really down about it because i know it's there. i've taking antihistamines, betnovate scalp application and creaming intensively twice daily and i think my skin is just about on the mend but i'm still shedding an awful lot of hair. when i wake up in the morning there are clumps on my pillow and my bin is full of my hair from combing. people keep telling me not to stress about when it's going to grow back but i'm not sure if that's possible, i hate the fact that there's something this wrong with me and i'm torn between wanting to share it with my friends and not wanting anyone to know. it's reassuring to know that there are people out there who understand what i'm going through

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Emily on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 02:48 am:

My daughter has both eczema (feet/knees/elbows/belly/chin - old patches; and few new blisters starting elsewhere too); and alopecia of the scalp--her hair has grown back almost completely--took 1 year to loose it all and stayed completely away for another year---it started to grow back at age three when her dental fillings were put in--she had 7 fillings!!! There might be a link between hair/skin/teeth at development in womb. Anyway--the eczema rarely bothers her now--very visible--but oilatum keeps her skin soft; and the hair loss for a 4 year old--she just tells curious people--that she got her hair cut. Her father's side has thyroid issues--she was checked at 2--and I'll have her checked every few years too. My aunt has thyroid issue and her and her daughter have had alopecia--small patches lost and grown back. Note: we use antihistimine for control of itch of eczema when she needs it--especially if riding in car seat for long time--seats don't breath--heat causes her eczema to itch.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By stillak on Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 05:24 am:

When I was younger i lost all my hair on my body and head due to Alopecia Universalis.

I also have strange eczema which goes in and every 2 years or so it will show back somewhere on my body.

When it comes out, i just start putting rubbing alchohol on it over and over and over again. Eventually it goes away.

However my hair still has never grown back :(

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Freakingout on Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 08:32 pm:

I am 13 years of age. I've had eczema forever. It goes away and comes back. Doctor always gives me cream but this time it's not going away. I have it on my arms and my neck and it spread to my scalp. That resulted in two inches from the bottom of my hair line up to fall out (Back of my head). I think it's only getting worse. I NEED HELP PLEASEE!!! I don't want to be bald before I even graduate 8th grade.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Jen on Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 03:53 pm:

Hi!! I just found this site, and I suffered severely as a child and was simply covered!! But now I'm 25 and have always had a tiny bit on my face, especially under my eyebrows. Because of this I have noticed that my eyebrows are almost completely gone. Can anyone suggest anything?? I need my eyebrows back!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Zazi on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 01:25 am:

Please don't use betnovate on young children or for any significant continuous length of time - I was started on a strong (10%) concentration when very young and kept up twice daily use for years. (This was the 1970's when we knew no better, or didn't care...)

It has significant side effects - thining of skin, hair problems, developmental problems, etc. etc. If only I'd known then what we know now!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kc20 on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 06:01 pm:

hi, yes im 20 yrs of ages and my scalp started flaking and itching about a month ago and my hair has really thinned, im really worried about going bald any suggestions please

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By BabyRaz on Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 10:06 pm:

Asalamualikum....
Re -Hair loss BIG PATHCES
Im 23 yrs old now! Have had excema since childhood.NOW ITS UNDA CONTROL! MashaAllah

Childhood and teenage yrs was a bad strggle. Horrible wrapd in mud and bandages. Have tried alsorts of lotions etc. When i turned 13yrs old i got hair loss which my mum noticed and my parents thought i shaved my head.I dint kno what happened to me.I thought i had cancer.PPl tried so much stuf but it would fal then grow back afta 6-8months. Then i changed my diet I would have raww carrtos, brocooli, mor veg n fruits. Have Primrose oiln vitamins. I havnt had alopecia in past few years. Alhumdulilah

(no medicine helpd)-

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sarobi on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 03:25 am:

Has anyone had success with growing hair back in children after hair loss due to eczema. My daughter is only two and she has loss quite a bit of hair and has one large spot that is practically bald

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Tiara on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 10:30 am:

I have had a little bit of eczema all my life since i was a child 5/6years old. I am now 27. 4 weeks ago i noticed a bald patch the size of 2 50p pieces. it seems to have got slightly worse since then, it has grown slightly larger.

I went to the NHS doctor who put it down to stress. My eczema on my hand was really itchy too and had to spread from just 2 fingers to covering nearly the whole palm

Now I have to say that i used to wear an iron hairgrip on the side of my hair where the bald patch has appeared, I wore it for 5months nonstop and sometimes slept in it by accident

I have a suspicion that my hair and scalp reacted to the metal and it effectively poisoned my scalp as i dont have hairloss anywhere else and my hair is thick and healthy everywhere else.

I then went to see my cHinese doctor and acupuncturist who was brilliant and very understanding. He explained my eczema wasnt in fact eczema but was an itchy scaly fungal infection which the more i scratched the deeper i would drive the infection and it would spread so he gave me some herbal pills and creams one for day and night and a skin wash to clean the area and kill off the bacteria.

He said my body wasnt in balance and is probably weaker since ive been wearing the hairgrip for the past 4-5 months. regardless of whether it was the hairgrip or not i believe he was right that my body was out of balance. so I am now taking the pills.

I am also taking Hair vitamins and Brewers Yeast.
My sister also suffered from alopecia areaa a few years ago and she had multiple bald patches but they all grew back again and she has a fine head of hair. She recommended the hair vitamins to me, saying it helped her hair grow backafter 1-2months of taking them. Im willing to try it, as i dont have anything to lose (apart from more hair!)

At the moment im taking the ones by holland and barrett but ive also ordered the 'Head High' brand which she took although i think they contain pretty much the same ingredients.

.healthstore.uk.com/p400205/FSC-Head-High-Pro-Amino-for-healthy-hair-60-Caps.html

(this is not a plug just a link to help you if you are interested)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Fine-Hair on Monday, September 03, 2007 - 11:21 pm:

Hey... I had scalp eczema for almost 7 years... I tried every single product and medicines, saw tons of doctors, but nothing worked. My hair length was below my shoulders, and it started falling out because of the itchness in my scalp...so I decided to cut it really short... and just a couple of days later my eczema was gone! Though I didnt manage to get my thick hair back... Sigh :-(

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Alex on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 05:06 pm:

I have eczema, widespread from about 2 months of age, I'm in my mid 30's now, and I have never got rid of it, I've tried all sorts of treatment, standard and alternative, none have ever managed to get rid of it.

one thing that plays a big part in how clear/active it is, is stress, last year was a very stressful one for me, and as a result, I had a major flare up.

I spent about 3 months in daily dressings and it finally came down.

at this point in time, it is in one of it's quiet periods, it's settled on most of my body, apart from my back and scalp.

I've noticed that my hair seems to be thinner now than it ever has been, not sure if others have picked up on it, you always spot things like this yourself before anyone else does.

I've been of the fortunate few that has eczema and has a full head of hair. it's most noticeable if I stand under a light, or if I'm in the sun, my scalp is visible under my hair, even though I'm not bald.

I've made an appointment with my GP, but I'm worried if any hair loss due to eczema and scratching the scalp is irreversible

is it irreversable, or will it grow back to what it was once the condition is brought under control?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By health on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 01:01 pm:

hi all,

homeopathy has remedy for eczema. i am suffering from eczema and hair loss because of it.

afer trying aloepathic medicines ( shits of steroids like wysolone tabs ) , now i have turned to homeopathy. it is curing. a medicine named as " crab apple " cures it . but pls take advice of homeopath doctor.

but people eczema can be cured full and fianlly.
beleive in me , do meditation and yoga.

eczema can be cured and i am getting cured.

live happily.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kim on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 09:02 pm:

Have you looked into going to a derm and getting cortisone shots? They are more effective and that way you don't have to deal with yet another topical. I had alopecia and it took one appt of shots for it to go away. It came back maybe 3 other times in 5 years and it has been completely gone for 10 years now.
Best of luck to you

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Chris on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 04:32 pm:

I have had scaly eczema behind and in my ears and on my scalp for years. I started losing my hair and bought an over the counter cortisone cream. It works, but the MINUTE I stop using it, badda bing, scales return, hair falls out. Sucks.

What I want to know is what exactly ARE the side effects of long term mild cortisone use?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By B on Friday, December 31, 2004 - 04:22 pm:

I just found this website... I have also had eczema behind the ears, in the ears and on the scalp. I use Nizoral and capex shampoos and alternate everyother day (2 days each)and then regular shampoo for other 3 days per week. Seems to help with the flaking and itching, but takes about 2 months to get back under control. Also, the 2 shampoos together cost $50-$70 (Yikes!) 4-5 oz. each I stopped using it from about May thru Sept b/c didn't have many syptoms. I use 1-2% hydrocort OTC cream for the itching behind the ears. Helps for about 2 days and then reapply. Continuous use and alternating of medications seems to help me. Just drives me crazy most of the time.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Wraakian on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 10:24 am:

I have had a scalp problem for years which never cleared up on medication or with shampoos and with which I lost hair (top back of my head) where the sores were but last month a new doctor prescribed Betnovate scalp application and not only have the sores gone but I do seem to be getting hair where I had previously lost it. This isn't as thick as it was before I lost it but never-the-less it is coming back. The only problem is that I do not think you can use Betnovate long term and I am worried the condition could return when I stop using it.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Holly on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 06:47 am:

Hi - I am new to this site also and am writing this email, from Victoria, Australia.
I have had chronic/severe eczema for most of my 28 years of life.
It started as eczema as an infant, then asthma and then when I was 7 my hair fell out - very distressing as a child.
My hair grew back when I was about 8 however over the years I have had chronic eczema to the point of being hospitalised with it, and also chronic asthma and my hair would fall out in patches at times.
3 years ago I had a traumatic asthma attack, and as a result I lost ALL BODY HAIR including HEAD HAIR. I have done all sorts of things for this, but to no avail, but I have now a fantastic wig etc. I got married to my husband wearing a wig and if you asked me 10 years ago that was what I would do - I would have screamed. It was very distressing to my self esteem and had to have all sorts of counselling, as I was just so down thinking what on earth have I done in life to get these disorders and no one ever understands!!! I can not believe my man stood by me, as when we met, all was healthy with me - I have always had stuff happen but not all at once where it is bearly able to be handled.
Anyway, I am now suffering again with really bad eczema and have tried absolutely everything!
What I am trying to say is that we all have our problems, but I always try to focus on the positive - like having kids, being happy, happy family surroundings - as sometimes I can not put it all in perspective but always try my best to!
Anyway, good luck with your hair - they say Alopecia is caused by stress - which is a lot of BULL, but dont they all blame illnesses on that when there is nothing else!
Good luck.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By untypicalangel on Thursday, October 07, 2004 - 12:16 am:

1st comment to melissa.... dont be afraid to try things listed here... if ur truely as desperate to find relief... best way to do it is to learn from those who have already tried it... not to mention... if its as bad as u say it is... how much worse can it really get?? only way to find a cure for ur specific case is to try try n try again...
also... id like to recommend the use of grandpa's pine tar shampoo (available at www.grandpabrands.com) it will sting like a booger the 1st time u use it... but will have the areas healing by the next day... use this everytime u wash ur hair until the sores are clear... then u can choose to continue using it to ensured lastin effects... or switch back n forth between this n regular shampoo... it also works for psoriasis

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By beenthere on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 06:55 pm:

P.S. I just went to a website called superhairenergizer.net that says they have a product that helps stop hair loss and itchy flaky skin on the scalp. Has anyone tried that? I think I will.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By beenthere on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 06:51 pm:

I haven't ever been to this website, but I have had ezcema my whole life and had many different dermatologists give me different things. One thing I found out when I was 22 years old was that I had (curable)thyroid cancer. Since that time I have found that dry skin and hair loss is also linked to thyroid problems. If you haven't had your thyroid checked, I'd recommend doing so.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By melissa on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 02:15 am:

i've always had eczema, but until recently it was only in small areas like the bend of my arms and behind my knee. A couple months ago it go worse and now theres not one spot on my body that doesnt itchy like crazy and isnt covered in red puffy skin =( i've also noticed i have been loosing alot of hair. when i shower and run my hands through my hair, strands juss come out. im scared, i hope my dermatologist can help me, im too afraid to use the things mentioned here because im not sure if it will make it worse. i hope there is something to stop my hair loss and have my hair grow back thick the way it was, because i'd hate to be a 15 year old girl without any hair =(

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By I on Saturday, November 09, 2002 - 02:05 am:

Hi,
I had eczema behind my ears, near the hairline of the scalp. I managed to clear it up with the help of some topical steroid cream. But now that area became abnormally smooth and futher more hairless, so that means an area around my hairline is hairless. It had been almost half a year but still no sign of hair growing back. So can anyone out there help me with this problem like what medication to use.....

I sincerely need your help, thanks!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Anonymous on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - 09:25 pm:

Hi Pam thanks for your help re the colouring of my hair you say your scalp has cleared - is your hair growing back?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Pam on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 06:17 pm:

Dear Littlegem,

I definitely think it was the Oilatum shampoo that got helped my eczema. I was too frightened to use anything else on my scalp fearing that it would get worse my scalp was very flaky and extremely itchy and I was loosing hair rapidly I used it every other day for about seven months

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By littlegem on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 07:16 pm:

polytar shampoo and t- gel shampoo are also ok to use and may improve it. different people tend to be suited to different shampoos. I have been using polytar for a few months but I havent noticed a vast improvment on my scalp.
Pam, what made your scalp get better? was it just the oilatum or did you use anything else?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Pam on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 11:02 am:

Dear Anonymous,

I too had eczema in my scalp Oilatum shampoo is very good, I'm still using it to this day even though the eczema has gone from my scalp.

Hair dye will make your condition worse.

Good luck!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Anonymous on Monday, October 14, 2002 - 11:13 am:

Please help I have eczema on the scalp and the hair is thinning fast, it is now dry and grey and so looks thinner - can I colour it, how can I get my hair to grow back and control the scaly itchy scalp

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By V on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 09:57 am:

I didn't know that alopecia existed. I seriously thought that it was just me. Although I have had eczema for almost 15 years, I just recently developed alopecia and have been torn up over losing so much hair. I'm not happy that other people are also suffering from it, but it's nice to know that I am not alone.

I've just discovered this site and it is nice to know that there are other people like me out there :)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By kimiko on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 10:51 am:

Hi- I had alopecia about 7 years ago. That is over and done with and now, after a very stressful 2 years and an allergy to some chemical in the carpet of our rental, i now have chronic eczema on my feet. When I say chonic, i mean 24 hours a day for the past 12 months of no pain relief. Anyway, as far as the alopecia, i had cortesone shots...they worked like a charm. I also have had allergies to plastic bags from the grocery store which is WIERD since this all began. Anyway, my alopecia was linked to stress. Everytime I got it, I dumped that boyfriend, got my shots and it went away! Now that I am married, I hope it does not come back b/c I don't think
I could dump my husband over it! :0)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By littlegem on Saturday, August 10, 2002 - 11:00 pm:

I havew tried betnovate scalp treatment as well but it doesnt seem to do anything and if anyhting irritates my scalp even more.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Sue on Friday, August 09, 2002 - 09:15 pm:

I too suffered with terrible scalp eczema a few years ago, losing my hair as well. Specialist prescribed Locoid Crello, very creamy sort of liquid, really really helped. I had previously tried betnovate scalp application but found it stung like crazy and was v painful.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By littlegem on Thursday, August 08, 2002 - 10:00 pm:

I have experienced this. I am 21, but have had it since I was about five. The worst affected places are my scalp and neck. I have lost some hair on some of my worst scalp patches and am scared it wont grow back until I find a miracle cure. It really affects your confidence.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By JM on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 07:40 pm:

my four year old who has chronic and often acute eczema has gradually lost almost all her hair. The loss has become more rapid over the last few months and her eczema has improved at the same time. Has anyone had a similar experience and has anyone found a "cure" for the alopecia ?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Fiona on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 04:36 pm:

Hi, my daughter lost all the hair around her hairline. I used Betnovate Scalp Application (application or ointment or something!) which did work to control the itch. She still loses her hair very easily but nothing like what it was. It's a liquid an so isn't messy.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Anonymous on Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 01:04 pm:

Has anyone experienced alopecia with their eczema Any tips ?


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