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My family has outbreaks of exema related to allergies to new products (or changes in old products). Cleaning products, fabric softener, bread- anything you were exposed to during those last months could be the culprit that caused your allergen bucket to run over into symptoms.
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Eczema is a b*tch. I've had two bouts, ever; but I'm pleasantly surprised that it didn't flair up while I was full-time caregiving. I can't help wondering if forewarned is forearmed, and if you're half expecting it it won't happen? Betnovate worked for me - don't know if they even still make it, I'll look it up. They do, it's made by GSK and it is inexpensive. You wouldn't want to be slapping it on long-term but well worth a try.
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Stress definitely will cause flare ups and sometimes certain foods - eggs or citrus are triggers for me

oatmeal soaps and lotions help - cortisone creams for short periods of time

Wear cosmetic gloves to bed if you just can't stop scratching
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My husband developed eczema when he was on a strict diet. He went to several dermatologist,
Allergist, PCP, Endocrinologist. He also had a biopsy. Lots of creams, lotions. Was told it might be the diet but ultimately accepted that it was eczema that was latent. He never had outbreaks as a child but several others in his family had eczema as a child. He is on remission now for maybe 9 months. He went through a really hard time with it. Not sure if it's caused by caregiving but for sure he's had plenty of stress.
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Thank you Rainmom... very helpful, as I'm thinking stress can really (suddenly) bring this out... I never had it as a young person either. and, wonder how many here on AC have gotten this whole caregiving (stress).
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During my fathers final weeks I developed what I call The Mystery Rash.

I thought it was heat induced because it was July - very hot out - and my parents pretty much kept the apartment at about 80 degrees. Plus, I was in the middle of menopause with hot flashes that practically knocked me off my feet.

But nope - the rash hung on thru fall, winter... I had started seeing different dermatologist who gave me an assortment of creams and ointments that did not help - no one tried to give a name to my condition. At one point a dermatologist even biopsied a tiny slice. Nothing.

After six months one doctor said "stress induced eczema" - said it was unusual as I never had eczema as a child/teen. Okay - sure, whatever.

Eventually, it just kind of disappeared on its own. I still start to get flair-ups in the winter but discovered Gold Bond Eczema Relief. It nips it in the bud every time.
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