Venous Eczema

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I have been diagnosed with Venous Eczema on both ankles. Now, I know that I need to lose weight for it to stand a chance of going away but in the meantime I have to find some way of stopping the itching. I know I shouldn't scratch but I can wake up in the morning scratching (so I have cut my nails as short as possible to minimise the damage.

I try to exfoliate my ankles weekly to keep the skin build up down. But I still get a lot of crusty horrible skin build-up. Recently I started to get Folliclitis so my GP proscribed Fucibet cream. That was great for the original slight infection but I found it may my eczema build up worse. After applying it for 2 weeks I developed large hard lumps on my skin.

So, I have reverted back to Tea tree oil cream and have just sent for a skin repair lotion with emu oil. I hope it has some effect. I am just sick and tired of my ankle looking as though someone poured a kettle of boiling water over it. It looks so red and scarred. As for the staining on my clothes- it is just disgusting. I can't weak socks and I find it is so unsightly it is embarrasing. Can remember the last time I wore a skirt.

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    Well, went back to the GP and when he saw that the last steroid didnt work he gave me something a lot stronger AND has referred me to the dermatology dept at the hospital so that is encouraging.

    According to Dr Google my ankle shows all the symptoms of Lichenification which does need professional help to resolve. Will be interesting to see what they do.

    L

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