(Read Part One Here.)
I wish I could say that we found the magic one-day cure to Ayla’s Atopic Dermatitis, but so far, the homeopathic Sulphur hasn’t fixed everything. My daughter said right away, “It’s drying up!” That much was true. Mama’s with eczema babies know what I mean. The little inflamed bumps are gone. The weeping is all gone. Her skin wouldn’t seem too much more impressive for the average stranger though… No matter how much better she tells me it actually is way better, it still looks bad. Just now, it’s a different kind of bad. Now, her skin just looks really dry in the patches where her atopic dermatitis used to flare up.
Right away, the redness turned to peach, but the skin turned dry. Unlike the test studies that this trial is based on though, I’m going to include an incidental situation that arose. A study already exists, I’m reporting it from a real life setting.
Just as I was beginning to feel hopeful, my son looked at my daughter’s new dry, healing skin and told her that it looked itchy. Then he told her (so I hear) that he could scratch it for her and it would make it feel better. Of course, the three year old let the six year old scratch her skin, because that’s real life for you. And of course, also true to real life, my six year old didn’t wash his hands first. And like most six year olds, his own finger nails most assuredly scratched, investigated and picked nearly every part of his own body (and maybe the dogs too) prior to using them to make my daughter’s dry skin “feel better.” I didn’t learn about all of this until bath time because her arm had been hiding under a long sleeve shirt for a few hours.
So, then, it got all wrecked again. Here’s a picture after it had been treated.:
(The shine is not oozing- it’s from the manuka honey!!!! Don’t get too scared. Should you find skin that looks like this without the cream on it, that would be considered oozing and you should consult your doctor right away. My daughter’s skin was under the supervision of a doctor and an allergist at U of M.)
It was already starting to look infected not just inflamed, or at least on the brink of it, so I smeared manuka honey all over it after washing it gently. Again- The shine is not from oozing, it’s from the honey.
The next morning, just several hours later, thanks to the honey, it looked much better, but it was still a pretty significant set back for us: (again, the shine is from her cream, not oozing.)
I know this trial wasn’t supposed to include creams or other things, but considering the circumstances, I assume no one will hold it against me for being aggressive and using the honey that night and using coconut oil for the entire next day. Besides, I did mention the possibility of this in my original rules.
So, anyway. Given the bizarre circumstances, I can’t say for sure how far ahead we’d be right now. I would have given Arnica to heal the scratches, but I didn’t want to add anything homeopathic to the mix here since I”m not a professional homeopath and the homeopath we consult with sometimes was not available.
So, now it’s been a few days since that incident. Here’s where we are at:
There is till some scabbing, but the skin is back to the peach color again. It’s still dry, but there is no oozing and no inflammation. The study I’m basing this trial went on for 100 days and it did take a few weeks for the eczema to go away in the test children. I’m not going to switch remedies just yet, because two things give me some pretty huge hope.
First, her poop has been consistently solid, without going to the chiropractor. That is a pretty big deal. She has had a little cheese (not by my choice) and nothing happened to her gut at all.
And secondly, there was one area that her brother didn’t scratch “for her.” The patches on her leg have never, ever looked better:
And today, I didn’t make her wear pants. That never happens.
I’ll keep you posted. For now, I’m just going to sit tight with the homeopathic Sulphur.
The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Skin infections can be very serious, and skin rashes as well. Please do not attempt treating eczema/dermatitis without a medical professional on your team. As “crunchy” as I am, it is important to realize that skin issues like this need to be addressed WITH a MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. If you don’t trust your ped, please shop around for a new one that you can trust, don’t just ignore medical supervision completely.