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Hello everybody!I've had IBS for more than 5 years now.Also, during these five years of suffering from IBS, I have also been diagnosed with two skin conditions - seborrheic dermatitis and, very recently, eczema.Now, since I know that at least a few of you here do have problems with eczema, I was wondering whether you can help me... My question is: Does eczema spread or does it stay confined to a particular area? I have eczema at a very inappropriate place (just below my groin) and I wouldn't want it to spread from there...you know...
Also, about two weeks ago I got something that looks like swelling redness (a bit itchy) on my left hand, and it doesn't seem to be going away. So, is it possible that my eczema somehow spread to just above my thumb?Thanks in advance for your answers.
 

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Yup, it does. I started out with a little itch on one of my knuckles and ended up with bleeding cracks all over my hands. I was a seller of lotto tickets and the chemicals from that, plus chlorine from my cooking trade background were the cause. When I changed fields and eliminated exposure to chlorine the eczema went away.By the way, try and find other treatments besides cortisone. That is what the doctors will try to give you and it just thins the skin, making further breakouts likely. I still get some breakouts when I handle chemicalized papers at work if I don't use latex gloves. When that happens I treat it with a tea tree oil salve which works well. Drop me an e-mail if you want to talk further about it.Best of luck.Mark
 

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I have had eczema on my hands for years. It is a particular form of eczema that doesn't spread to other parts of the body. The itch can be maddening. I don't know what form of eczema you have, but I don't think it spreads like poison ivy. It might spread to adjacent areas, but not to your hands by touching it. Although having eczema on one area of your body may mean you are more succeptable to develop it elsewhere.I took cortizone/steroid type meds for it for a very long time, and it did very little to improve my symptoms. I avoid all steroid meds. They are really bad stuff. The docs don't tell you all the side effects that can occur from taking them. Bad Stuff.There are two new drugs available for eczema. They were just approved by the FDA a year ago. They are non-steroid ointments. I use Protopic. It has helped me tremendously with no side effects. There is one other kind available. I can't remember the name of it to save my life, but there are commercials on tv and magazines all the time.
Anyway, your hand may be irritated by something that you have come into contact with lately. It could be any number of things besides eczema. You don't mention if you have been treating it with anything. I would recommend using a hydrocortizone cream on it 2-3 times a day to see if that would clear it up. I would watch for the normal eczema symptoms: extreme itchiness, blisters turning into dry patches, cracking skin, etc... A quick search on webmd.com will give you a fairly complete list and description. If it is only a little itchy, it probably isn't eczema.I know this wasn't part of your question, but did the doc have any explaination for the eczema below the groin?
I've seen several cases of an eczema type rash in the groin area caused by detergents or bleach. I accidently bleached my hubby's underwear once, and ,oh my goodness, I'll never make that mistake again. Poor guy could hardly walk straight for a few days. Just an idea I thought worth mentioning.Hope this is helpful,Sue
 

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Mark and Sue,thanks a lot for you replies.The eczema below my groin itches like crazy. The worst thing is that I think it might be spreading toward my testicles
... My doctor prescribed "Westcort Hydrocortisone Valerate" 0.2 %... I use it from time to time when I get really itchy...Now, this thing on my hand does not seem to be getting any better. The skin looks thick with some skin kinda dry/peeling...It, however, does not itch too much (almost no itching at all). I realized last night that I've been playing pool for more than a month now, and the pool stick often rubs that particular area on my hand when I play (you know, before I make a shot). So, I really hope that this is not yet another eczema on my body. Seborrheic dermatitis, below-groin eczema, and IBS is enough for me for now, thank you.Sue, here in Canada one has to wait for months before seeing a health specialist. I'll make an appointment with my dermatologist, but I'm sure he won't be able to see me before October. I will ask him why I have eczema exactly where I have it, even though I'm sure that he won't give me a satisfying answer.Thanks a lot again for your help, guys !!!
 
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