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A.Vogel Talks Discoid Eczema

Discoid eczema is often misdiagnosed as ringworm and can be considered one of the more difficult variants of eczema to treat

Discoid eczema, sometimes known as nummular eczema, is a variant of eczema that usually occurs in those that suffer from dry or sensitive skin.

In this page, our skin advisor Felicity Mann takes a look at the triggers of discoid eczema and how the condition can be relieved using natural and herbal solutions.

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  • Ross Bayne's photo avatar
    Ross Bayne — 04.12.2017 19:06
    I am new to this condition, which has appeared after a prolonged reaction to very nasty insect bites - I find this article sympathetic, positive and encouraging - in conjunction with a very helpful GP.

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    • Harinder's photo avatar
      Harinder — 09.04.2018 11:34
      How was it confirmed that it was a result of insect bites as my father is suffering but is not sure.

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    • Ross Bayne's photo avatar
      Ross Bayne — 09.04.2018 17:39
      Hi Harinder - I am sorry for your father ... but I can offer you my experience only, and not here supported by definitive laboratory evidence I fear [altho' equally after my 25+ years working in ICU, I can report that not all conditions are reported by lab results - it remains an art form in many respects. Still, last early summer, after working in the garden, I found some nasty bites/ stings, which we treated conventionally, seemed to improve, but then worsened to the extent that I was beginning to think I might need a hospital admission, IV antibiotics - not nice. My GP diagnosed a secondary infection, likely [I think, he agreed] from the initial sting, since insects are not the cleanest of creatures. Between us, we cleared that eventually ... but then there was a further reaction - which to my GP appeared to be a discoid eczema. I found this shocking, never heard of it in all my years, but determined to treat it, look at alternative treatments and minimise its effect. Briefly, some months later, that is where we are - maintaining good skin moisturisation, nutrition and hydration, treating outbreaks with Dermovate [very sparingly], using Dead Sea strength baths, Aloe Vera gel with Tea Tree and Arnica - and [for my sanity against itching] taking antihistamines as need. It has become part of a routine, does not interfere overmuch with my life and I feel that I am on top of things at the moment. My advice for your father, if he thinks he may have this - read this page and talk to Mandy, see your GP: if DE is confirmed, certainly some POM medications are required to gain control - your GP will help with other contacts I am sure, but the internet is a good source too. Hope this helps - Ross

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      Harinder — 13.04.2018 00:15
      Hi Ross, Many thanks for detail. He has been diagnosed by a consultant of DE, and currently it's affecting his sleep pattern tremenduously. The consultant just prescribed an emolient Dermol and Elocon, but the whole episode is a bit overwhelming at the moment since it flared up in Dec '17. The GP initially diagnosed scabies and prescribed stuff for that, then another GP suspected fungal until we saw the dermatologist. But the itching at night continues to be quite severe.

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    • Ross Bayne's photo avatar
      Ross Bayne — 13.04.2018 05:39
      Hi Harinder - I find that very hard on your father, as the itching can be ... unbearable. But, dermatology conditions can be difficult to pin-point, especially for someone in General Practice, unless there is a special interest. I was fortunate, my GP did diagnose DE, but also prescribed a milder steroid + Dermol - happily, also recommended me to a colleague with interest, much clearer, prepared to discuss things, see which products worked for me - if confirmed as DE, a stronger steroid is needed [like Betnovate RD - I don't know anything about Elocron] and an emollient that will be used regularly + some education + support - Mandy has also helped me [A Vogel] and I can give more help if I can. Sleep effects are very noticeable, but less so once the itching is better controlled! My regimen is more flexible now, seems to be achieving results - but early days, and this is a long term issue. BW - Ross

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    • Ross Bayne's photo avatar
      Ross Bayne — 13.04.2018 05:39
      Hi Harinder - I find that very hard on your father, as the itching can be ... unbearable. But, dermatology conditions can be difficult to pin-point, especially for someone in General Practice, unless there is a special interest. I was fortunate, my GP did diagnose DE, but also prescribed a milder steroid + Dermol - happily, also recommended me to a colleague with interest, much clearer, prepared to discuss things, see which products worked for me - if confirmed as DE, a stronger steroid is needed [like Betnovate RD - I don't know anything about Elocron] and an emollient that will be used regularly + some education + support - Mandy has also helped me [A Vogel] and I can give more help if I can. Sleep effects are very noticeable, but less so once the itching is better controlled! My regimen is more flexible now, seems to be achieving results - but early days, and this is a long term issue. BW - Ross

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  • Karla's photo avatar
    Karla — 19.11.2017 10:26
    Best article for this condition just developed in last 2 weeks :(

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  • Isabell Ross's photo avatar
    Isabell Ross — 22.07.2017 05:50
    The best artical available and most helpful support thank you so much

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    • Mandy 's photo avatar
      Mandy — 24.07.2017 08:50
      Thank you very much for your feedback , if you have any questions please use the Ask Mandy tab at the top of the page or email mandy@avogel.co.uk

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