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My 4 year old daughter recently got eczema around her fingernails that came out of no where. How do you best manage it apart from prescribed steroids? Any recommended moisturisers or tips?


Posted by mom265671, 19th October 2021


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  • Oat baths, Hopes relief creams, and UV wash.


  • Thank you to everyone that has commented with their suggestions. I was able to get her in to see a dermatologist! So now we have a plan of action in managing it.


  • We used the prescription cream but make sure you are following instructions. Too much cream can be a problem as well as too little (often have to apply 3 times a day to settle it quickly rather than let it drag on just applying once a day) and there are alternatives if it doesn’t seem to work. The fact it’s just started from no where, and on the hand, suggests there could be a trigger from something she is touching? rather than something internal. For those with long term skin issues I’ve heard omega-3s are worth a try, and a diet that cuts gluten.reduces etc. but restricting at such an age probably needs professional help to eliminate diet triggers.


  • We’ve tried everything, and only prescription medications helped. Sorry.


  • My eldest granddaughter has had a flare up over the colder months with eczema & her skin has improved with E45 Itch Recovery cream I bought her at Chemistwarehouse.


  • Soak her hands in luke warm water for 5-10 minutes, then pat them dry. Put Vaseline on the effected area and then put her hands in some cotton gloves for around half an hour. Works wonders.


  • QV moisturiser and body wash is brilliant. Doesnt always cure it but definitely helps to control it


  • Could be pompholyx eczema. Instead of over the counter products I would go to the GP and have it properly looked at


  • Has there been a change in soap or sanitizer? That may have changed your daughters skin. Something worth looking into.


  • Did you try dermaveen relief calex bath soak?


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