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I have severe eczema and so far have tried various

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Hi, I have severe...

Hi, I have severe facial eczema and so far have tried various treatments under the supervision of a dermatologist and nothing has worked. These treatments include immunosuppressant therapy, light therapy (UVB) and various steroid creams. Any suggestions re the red light/ blue light therapy?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?

I have had eczema from birth. Atopic eczema. I have had allergy tests done and appear to be allergic to everything so it is difficult to adjust diet and eliminate products accordingly.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No. Both sisters have lupus so auto immune seems to run in family. But I don't have lupus

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dermatology
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Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 year ago
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Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 year ago

Well the light therapy is effective for acne and wrinkles but not as such recommended for use in eczematous skin. You have pretty much used all options available including immunosuppressants, ultraviolet therapy and steroids. A combination of these can be used to bring a better accumulative benefit .

Please let me know if you have any more queries.

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Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 year ago

Here i am sharing quite a useful link that might help you ;

http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/treatment-of-atopic-dermatitis/

Oral options can be used if the eczema has been found resistent to topical options. These come with a few side effects though. A detail of options is elaborated in the link i shared above.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Hi, thanks for your reply. Although the link is informative, unfortunately it does not tell me anything new and I appear to have been through all options. I was hoping there would an alternative option. I have read about cryotherapy decreasing inflammation in eczematous skin and lowering histamine levels in the blood. I would be willing to pay privately for this treatment if there is any research to back it up?
Dermatologist: Dr. Captain, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago
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Dermatologist: Dr. Captain, Dermatologist replied 1 year ago

would you prefer a dialog/conversation, or some sort of summary of options that come to mind?

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