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Old 13.11.2009, 17:49
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Thanks for the responses. I see that a few of you have experienced a worsening in your skin allergies.

Eczema
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I don't have much in the way of eczema anymore, now that I am all growed up. But I am sensitive to softened water in a big way. Hard water, no problem.

I am allergic/sensitive to all kinds of chemicals in most soaps. I don't even like to smell quite a few of them on people when they are sweating. I have found out rather recently that some of these stupid companies are saturating their detergents with perfumes so that whenever you rub them vigorously or sweat in them that they give off a whole new burst of odor. Just, fekking great! Now I can have a minor asthma attack from this crap anywhere.

I find that there is a nice green brand that also seem quite hypoallergenic. It is L'Arbre Vert. Comes in lots of different flavours. Most of which are very easy on the skin and lungs. They do dish detergent, soap, clothes detergent and rinse among other things.

Since arriving in Switzerland I have found that my pollen problems are worse.

The air, however, in general is clean, with the exception of smoking in and around public places. Since the Smoking Ban in Canton Vaud things have improved for me a great deal. I am much more comfortable.

The one problem that I have here I didn't expect. Most buildings are constructed from concrete. Closed concrete buildings are not good for people who have respiratory complaints of any sort. So I have to always be ventilating the apartment regardless of the weather outside. The down side is that there is a construction site next to our building and the earth moving is stirring up the mold in the dirt.

Sucks to have allergies.

Oh, well, there are worse things,
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Wring out a thick wet towel and drape it over the radiators ....... easy and cheap way to humidify the heated air. Recommended by our Swiss Grossi and it works!
Well, we did this (actually had to hang laundry this way since it did not dry in the laundry room) and the paint started to flake off the radiators after a couple of months, staining the laundry with rust stains. So I would only recomend this with new radiators, not our Grossi old as* ones..

Some apartments are not mean to handle laundry (and humidifiers, for that matter) so it is better to check. Our wodden old doors warped as well, so they are hard to close and the main door started to leak cold air. I think renting contracts have a paragraph on that, so read it before you have some humidity issues and are made to pay for extensive repairs.
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Thanks for the responses. I see that a few of you have experienced a worsening in your skin allergies.

Eczema
Personally, my eczema has seriously flared out of control since coming to live here . I've noticed I only get an attack around the time when seasons change. Can any of you suggest any body hydrants, shampoos, soap, dietary changes etc which I can try out? I am drinking Migros bottled water instead of tap water. For soap I use the green Pruri-Med. For shampoo I use Elvive anti-dandruff. And I've always used eco-friendly washing liquid for my clothes. No softener since this contains enzymes. To treat the ezcema I've been using Optiderm, Tacrolimus/Protopic & Parfenac. Not very effective. I recently bought an air purifier/ioniser. Am thinking to buy a humidifier to tackle the dry air problem

Hay Fever
I was told that I am allergic to tree pollen which explains why my attacks occur in March/April and it always comes with a vengeange . Third generation antihistamines barely contain my symptoms but I've managed to struggle through so far.

Asthma
I'm happy to say that my asthma severity has not changed as compared to London

My allergies have also worsened since I've been here. I changed most all my products to 100% natural ones. Yeah, some are a bit more expensive...but my problems have all cleared up since the change. I use only natural soaps (ones without sodium lauryl sulfate.) Some of the products that I have switched to are:
  • Weleda Baby – Calendula Babywash & Shampoo
  • Weleda Zahncréme- Ratanhia or Calendula
  • Ringelblumen Salbe (I buy it at the Peterer Drogerie and it is 100% Calendula cream – works super good for eczema flareups!!)
Hope these products help you out as much as they helped me!
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Re: Eczema - Allergies worsening?

I have asthma and have an itchy skin.

But this is now out of control. Since the beginning of the pregnancy, I developped eczema on my both hands and it drives me crazy! I wake up at night which sucks big time since I wake up for so many other reasons beside the itchiness!

It is spraying on larger spots now with little bumps and of course, I am trying to control myself as much as I can but I scratch it until bleeding.

Never had that in my entire life! I am putting Bepanthen, which does nothing and all kind of other dry skin cream won't do much either!
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Re: Eczema - Allergies worsening?

I highly recommend the cream Siriderma. There are different ones available, but I've had great success with the 2-phase care concept. There's an "alkaline cream mask phase 1" for night, and during the day there's the phase 2 cream (green tube). You can't get it in most pharmacies unfortunately. If you check out www.siriderma.ch there's a link to a pharmacy that'll send it to you. It's really expensive though, but there are different sizes available and once I received a sample for free- you could always ask.

I tried every imaginable cream for my daughter and this one worked great- cleared up her eczema in no time.
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Hi Clare2009, are you sure that honey works for us lot who are sensitive to tree pollen? (as per my deduced reasoning above). If you can swear by it, please tell me which brand of honey you depend on. I really want to avoid being drugged upto my skull with antihistamines next year
I have read about this theory too ... and am trying it this year. The secret is to eat honey still in the honeycombe .... and then chew the wax ..... the wax is supposed to help with allergic asthma too.

I found honeycombe in a Turkish shop ...... 600gr for about the same price as the clear bottled honey (500gr)

Bees, I believe, take the pollens from ALL flowers ...... even tree flowers. And I guess that a local product would be best.... containing pollens from the area?
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have you tried weleda soaps/creams? they seemed ok for my son when he had problems...also i second the acupuncture - it works wonders!
Yes! I have switched to Weleda shower soaps .. and this is the first time I have not had to lather on creams/oils for dry skin!

(By the way ...... D&M in Germany sells it for a fraction of the price here)

A local Swiss told me that us foreigners use far too much soap ..(how do they know that? hahaaaa)..... that they use soap sparingly ... a mild shower soap ..... and mostly scrub skin under running water, using the soap on "necessary parts" only.
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Re: Eczema - Allergies worsening?

It seems to be pretty common for pregnancy to aggravate eczema. I had PUPPP during my first pregnancy, I think it is just a fancy term for a really itchy rash. I had it all over me. Once the baby was born it seems to disappear. I also used to scratch it like crazy, I couldn't help it. I guess you can just try some of the suggestions here to alleviate the symptoms.
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Re: Eczema - Allergies worsening?

It sounds like you have a very difficult issue on your hands. As many have alluded to already there seems to be an abundance of methods to tackle eczema with some more fruitful than others.

You may have heard of a few natural methods which are starting to become increasingly popular of late, one of which was tried by a family member. We were all really pleased to see very favourable results over a long term and so it’s something I thought I would mention in the hope that you may find it beneficial.

After a lot of internet trawling I came across one site that appears to be a very safe source of reliable information as it provides a comparison and review of natural eczema treatments . I really hope this is somewhat useful!
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