Eczema Mystery?

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Hello all --

I'm trying to figure out what could be causing my eczema and I'm hoping to find some answers.

I always had a few eczema spots but never anything widespread. Always hay fever but nothing worse.

I started getting blepharitis in June 2013 - which coincides with a time when I was visiting a dog at a puppy store (which I eventually bought) and a stressful period in life for other reasons.

I bought the dog and continued to deal with stresses which I have finally gotten to a manageable level. My body started to get eczema and eventually a lot of my face (eyes, above lip, forehead, sideburns/cheek bone).

I have tried separating from my dog and whenever I actually discontinue the medicine I use (Elidel), the eczema on my face comes raging back although my itchy body appears to improve.

Also I want to note that I had tinea versicolor on my ribs that were there for years until a doctor gave me ketaconazole which improved it significantly.

My allergies are vast but do include pets (I have never had issues around dogs until this one possibly) as well as mercury.

Any ideas what this is? Allergies? Candida? Just stress?

Any help truly appreciated

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    Hi jeffries,

    It is not a coincidence. Stress has its impact on eczema. During times of stress, the inflammation in the skin increases, as a way to protect the skin from harm. It is important to note that stress does not cause eczema, but many patients note exacerbations during periods of high stress. You might be experiencing same.

    Direct contact with an allergy-causing pet may trigger allergic dermatitis signs and symptoms, which may include raised, red patches of skin (hives), eczema and itchy skin.

    You had a history of skin infection (tinea versicolor) which shows that you have weak skin immunity. It is possible dog and stress has worked as trigger. However, I am not a doctor and it is always better to seek specialist and get help.

    Wish you best of health.

    Luis.

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    There are some foods that many eczema-sufferers often react to, like eggs and dairy. Ever tried eliminating those categories of foods to see if you get any improvement?
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    I just wanted to provide an update.

    I separated from my dog for 1 week.  During that week, I continued using my medicines for 4 days but slowly weaned off.  While still on the medicine, my skin did get significantly better, to a point it had never gotten.  However, once I was completely off of the medicines the eczema came raging back - first to my face, then the rest of my body.

    I'm curious if this explains anything in terms of it being the dog, if I need to give myself more than a week, or if it means the dog is not the culprit.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks!

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      Hi jeffries , many things cause eczema like stress also hot temprature cause eczema , the wheathe at summer in my country is very hot and that cause to me eczema at my face also extrem cold temprature and cold winds also cause that I don't know what to do for this eczema at the face If you have so ideas please share it with us have a nice day 
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    Hello I have had Eczema all my life and tried everything under the sun. Below is how I am managing to keep on top of things 

    Eating lots of wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, pulses, nuts & seeds, lean protein

    Cut down on dairy & sugar

    Use pure chimps super combo

    Take a daily probiotic tablet, use honey too sweeten things (both boost your immune system)

    Take a multivitamin every day

    Hope this can help people like it did me. Took me a while to figure it out (it all starts from within).

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    your eczema is actually reacting to the pet dander not necessarily the dog itself. Maintaining a cleaned house environment may improve your skin health. As to the question of what may cause eczema? To many factors (weather, humidity, temperature, body oils, foods that contain high histamin levels, dust, pet dander, body toxins, body temperature that may aggravate eczema). Eczema is not neccessarily a one case ailment but a compounded case involving the immune system of a sufferer (such as I) that requires multiple life style changes to control. There is no cream or pill to cure it. They're only their to control it so you can start changing your life style to avoid it.  
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