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eczema itching face/arthritis/meds/etc.
Posted by: Carolyn
Date: March 12, 2000 5:36 AM

My 30 year old daughter has had rheumatoid arthritis since age of 4. She now has pulmonary scarring and is on oxygen 24 hours a day. A year ago she overdosed accidently on her Prednisone and now has eliminated 6 meds, and is down to 2. She had her gall bladder removed in Nov. for stomach pain - still nauseated. Zephrex was taken for years, now eliminated, but NEW problem is eczema of face, ears, eyes, scalp and severe itching. Her doctor gave her some cortisone cream. She notices when she takes Sudafed (or Zephrex) her face clears up, but then she's very nauseated from the medication. Is there any topical help for the itching or does she have to take a antihistimine and throw up?

eczema itching face/arthritis/meds/etc.
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: March 12, 2000 4:39 PM

You have a very difficult problem to deal with and there are two basic approaches. One of them you are already taking. The other has to do with detoxification, dietary testing and changes, and possibly desensitization treatment (enzyme potentiated desensitization or EPD). You will need to educate yourself about this approach and also find a doctor who is educated in this way (and few are). You can achieve all of that at this web site. Use Library Search in the upper right to look up articles by subject, and the Find A Doctor function in the upper left. This approach is not as simple as popping pills, but the final outcome may be something you prefer over what you have now.

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