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Mommie…Again: AVEENO – National Eczema Awareness Month

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With October being National Eczema Awareness Month, I’m glad to be doing a shout out on the subject of Eczema because of how wide-spread it has gotten over the years, and the fact that my son suffers from it. It’s been stated that Eczema affects over 35 million Americans. Eczema almost always begins in childhood, but certainly adults are not immune to it. I’m mostly concerned about my son, Brody. He has atopic dermatitis (dry skin) which is Eczema. I’m glad to know that Aveeno has products that help. 

While vacationing up in the mountains of New Mexico approximately one year ago this month, my son came down with a very bad rash on his bottom. It kept getting worse my the day, so on the 3rd day, we sought out a doctor in the near by town. Not only did Brody have a mild case of dry skin, he also had a yeast infection on his bottom. So, to make this long story short, as of today, he STILL has the rash. I’ve tried at least 3 antibiotics and a few over-the-counter meds, but still we can’t seem to get rid of it and we really don’t know what it is now.  His new pediatrician has put him on two antibiotics and recommended Aveeno Oatmeal Bath. Although, I can not show his bottom but here’s his face. This was oh about 2 months ago. These rashes come and go. Thank goodness it’s gone now from his face.

Since Aveeno has been recommended to us by our doctor, I have a head start on this campaign. I already knew how the Aveeno Oatmeal bath has helped my son. First, he can’t wait to take bathes. Second, it has really done wonders on soothing his entire body. His prior doctor recommended that we use some sort of moisturizing cream on his damp body to keep the moisture in. We chose Aveeno. He loves his oatmeal bathes and missing it when we are out. Here’s how he reacted when we opened up the box that contained the AVEENO® Adult Eczema Therapy Collection with colloidal oatmeal skin protectant. 

The fact that I try to use all-natural products and the fact that Aveeno uses colloidal oatmeal in their oatmeal bath, no fragrances, and is Dermatologist recommended is enough to keep this in our cabinets through the rough winter season. I can see Brody’s dry skin and rash on his bottom get better, then bad again, and it will only get worse when we start using the heater in our home for the winter. I’m so loving the outcome of using Aveeno products on him.  

Oatmeal has always been regarded as a natural skin healer – and
colloidal oatmeal is no exception. The difference between oatmeal and
colloidal oatmeal, however, is that the former is ingested as a food,
whereas the latter is soaked by the skin, allowing for superior
beta-glucan absorption. Consequently, virtually every inflammatory skin
condition can be eased (and often cured) using colloidal oatmeal:
chicken pox, sunburn, eczema, diaper rashes, poison ivy, sumac and oak
rashes, insect bites, acne, psoriasis and more.
Info taken from

Skincare: Eczema Causes and Cure | Healthy Living | Healthmeup …


Skincare: Eczema Causes and Cure

Eczema is a skin condition that affects children, but it can persist into adulthood. Sadly children who develop eczema also develop asthma. Dr. Vijay Singhal, Dermatologist at Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute explains some of the triggers for eczema and ways to prevent it.

As mentioned in Wikipedia, ‘Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin.’ The skin turns red, itchy, dry, flaky, with blisters, and even swells up. But there are different types of eczema:

– Atopic dermatitis
– Xerotic eczema
– Seborrhoeic dermatitis
– Dyshidrosis
– Discoid eczema
– Venous eczema
– Dermatitis herpetiformis

There are several triggers or causes of eczema, Dermatologist, Dr. Vijay explains, “Triggers for eczema can be internal or external. For example, winters, woollen clothes, artificial jewellery (nickel), rubber slippers, congress grass (a type of weed) etc.” Individuals are born with eczema, but internal and external factors trigger an outburst. If you experience a rash, immediate consult your physician for timely treatment.

If you are prone to experiencing eczema, then keep your skin moisturised. Dr. Vijay Singhal suggests ways to prevent eczema, “It can be prevented by keeping the skin moist by applying a moisturiser and petroleum jelly. Care should also be taken in order to keep away from the above mentioned irritants”. Stay away from the triggers, change your diet and avoid scratching, these are self-care tips. Your doctor can suggest anti-allergy medication or injections to prevent eczema.

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images


What's That Rash? Part 2 — Colloids For Life Blog

Rash spotSo many things can turn your skin red (or tan, if you’re darker). Here’s a follow up list of possible causes to that new patch:

An oval shaped rash that follows a head cold or sinus infection?

This is a mild rash called pityriasis rosea, and it might be caused by a virus (there’s evidence but no confirmation). The oval rash will spread (usually along the torso, sometimes the groin) and last for months.

Cause is tied to two things: gyms, and a weakened immune system. If you get a positive diagnosis, some research has found that sunlight may help the rash clear up.

All over red patch, possibly with welts:

This might be a sign of an allergic reaction. Watch for further symptoms, especially closing of your airways, as well as swelling, and see a medical professional right away if symptoms get worse. Otherwise, avoid the suspected allergen until you can have it confirmed.

Another itchy, red patch

Probably eczema. Eczema is actually a broad term for a number of rashes that cause itching and redness. Many people experience eczema during childhood, but there are a host of other forms that can affect you in adulthood.

Some forms can peel, crack, etc. Moisturize, be gentle with it (some people with eczema can get irritated easily). Eczema can be hard to get rid of—you need to employ both prevention and treatment rigorously.

If you’re told you have eczema, there are a number of things you can try:

-Oatmeal soothes itching. Ground up fine, you can put it in a bath, not ground up you can use a tea bag. Or make a paste to rub the irritated spot.

-Avoid irritants like citrus, garlic/leek/onions, and certain plants. What makes eczema worse will vary between people.

-Keep your skin hydrated, and use only very gentle ingredients (go all natural).

What other skin problems do you want identified?

How Efficient Is Your Dermatologist? Examples from My Practice – Dr …

Dermatologists can be incredibly efficient and cost-effective in their practices because of their background and training in medicine and surgical procedures. We are not often acknowledged or appreciated for this by health insurance companies. The skin is the largest  organ in the body and plays an important role in immune surveillance by blocking out invaders (organisms and chemicals) from the outside environment. The skin’s immune system is also capable of recognizing allergens and antigens including cancer cells from the  bloodstream and reacting to them appropriately. When either the external barrier or the internal immune system malfunction, by not recognizing or by under- or over-reacting to the invader, the visible result is a rash.

What is a Rash? A rash is a layman’s term for any abnormality in the surface texture, color, or sensation of the skin. “Rash” is a word used by patients and doctors to describe symptoms and results of examination, but is entirely non-specific and does not say what the skin disease is. That is the role of the dermatologist, the specialist of the skin, hair, and nails, and sometimes mucous membranes. It may be difficult to name a rash because there are thousands of possibilities. If a dermatologist cannot recognize a skin disease immediately by its appearance, he or she may call it dermatitis which is inflammation of the skin, and narrow down the potential diagnoses on the basis of the history of onset, family history, body distribution, pattern of the skin disease, and symptoms. If the list is very short, say 2 or 3 possibilities, a treatment may be prescribed at that first visit to be evaluated at a follow-up visit after an interval of 1-3 weeks. If the condition is markedly improved or clear, no further tests or visits may be necessary.

But life is usually not so straightforward, is it?  Let’s say the dermatologist treated the nonspecific dermatitis with a potent steroid cream, and it simply didn’t respond after 2 weeks. He might suspect that the rash was either a fungal infection (called “ringworm” in common parlance) or a steroid-resistant inflammation such as psoriasis or eczema. The next step would be to perform a scraping of the superficial skin scales or dandruff at the edge of the lesion and examine it under the microscope himself during the visit. The experienced eye can recognize fungal or yeast elements in the skin cells. If positive, an anti-fungal cream or pill may prescribed for cure. If negative, then a deeper skin biopsy may be performed for interpretation by a dermatopathologist for a definitive diagnosis.

Case Study–Eczema vs. Fungal Infection  

A woman sought a second opinion for an itchy red bumpy rash on her thigh. She had seen her primary care doctor who performed a skin biopsy which was interpreted by the general pathologist as “consistent with eczema.” On the basis of the report, the doctor prescribed various potent steroid creams which were ineffective after several weeks of multiple office calls and expensive prescriptions. In fact, the rash had gotten worse and spread to the wrist. Finally, the doctor told the patient she could not help anymore. In my initial visit with the patient, I suspected a fungal infection because of the complete resistance to potent steroid medication and the appearance or partial rings at the edge of the rash. Because it is always possible to have 2 skin diseases at the same time, I performed biopsies of the rash on the thigh and wrist. Both biopsy specimens revealed fungal infection under the microscope. When I received this result 3 days later, I called in the prescription for the anti-fungal cream econazole and stopped use of the steroid cream. When she returned 2 weeks after the first visit for suture removal and re-evaluation, her skin was almost clear. She was asked to continue the cream to complete 4 weeks of treatment for the cure. In summary, in one specialty visit, the diagnosis was obtained;the appropriate treatment was called in, and the follow-up visit confirmed the excellent response to therapy.


Diaper Rash Relief with TriDerma – Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions and thoughts are my own.


I hate diaper rash.  I really, truly hate it.  My first two kids had severe diaper rash that was caused by foods that they were allergic to or had a sensitivity too.  Once I figured that out I would stop feeding them those foods but before I linked the two we had some really terrible diaper rash.  My sons was so bad that his bum would bleed.  Not fun at all.  For either of us.  I bet we were both in tears after a few diaper changes because he was in so much pain and I couldn’t stand seeing him that way.  It was seriously so sad!  :(   I have gotten smarter on my third child so we haven’t had to deal with the severe diaper rash.  (It also helps that she doesn’t have any allergies!)  But when I got the chance to try TriDerma’s Severe Diaper Rash Cream I jumped all over it!  I know all too well that the diaper rash cream from our local store just doesn’t do the trick for those really nasty diaper rash’s.

TriDerma offers medical strength skin healing products in various categories.  They have products for acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, cold sores, burns, scars and that awful diaper rash.   This is their diaper rash cream and it just comes in a squeeze tube for easy application.


Severe Diaper Rash Fast Healing Cream is a medical strength formula with FIVE times more healing power than traditional diaper rash creams.  It contains highly concentrated natural healing botanicals plus vitamins and two clinically proven skin protectants.  It provides soothing relief on contact while it begins the healing process for regular diaper rash, severe or hard to heal rashes from medication, formula or changes in diet.

It is:

  • Non-greasy, non-sticky, unlike traditional white sticky diaper creams
  • Easy Clean Up
  • Provides wetness protection
  • Contains NO cortisone, fragrance or parabens
  • Recommended by Doctors

We also were able to try out the Eczema Fast Healing cream

eczemafasthealingEczema Fast Healing™ helps protect and relieve itching and rashes from Eczema or minor skin irritations due to chemicals, detergents or excessive hand washings. It provides soothing relief and long lasting moisture for dry, cracked and irritated skin.

This specialized non-greasy cream contains natural healing botanicals, vitamins and AP4® Genuine Virgin Organic Aloe. It helps relieve itching without harmful drugs. Daily use helps maintain healthy skin plus it is gentle enough to use on children or sensitive skin.

It is

  • Recommended by Doctors and Dermatologists
  • Contains NO Cortisone or Parabens
  • Fragrance Free
  • Non-greasy

So after trying out both products here are my thoughts on them

Severe Diaper Rash – I used it on my baby when she had some pretty bad diaper rash and I actually wasn’t overly impressed with it.  I didn’t feel like it worked that great or worked that quickly to relieve her little bum.  One thing I did notice with it though was it didn’t seem to sting her when I applied it and usually other creams make her cry when I use them so that was really nice.  I have continued to use it and it is great for an everyday use.  I really like the texture and consistency of it.  It is not greasy and it cleans up very nicely.  I also like that it does not contain any fragrance or parabens.  Products that contain those just seem to irritate even more.  So overall, I liked it as a basic diaper cream but I didn’t feel like it worked better for a severe diaper cream.

Eczema Fast Healing – My son has had pretty bad eczema in the past so every time I see a flare up I have to put something on it immediately so he doesn’t scratch at it and make it worse.  A couple weeks ago he started getting a rash behind his knees so I was really excited to use the Eczema Fast Healing.  After his bath I put it on his legs to help relieve the itching.  When he woke up the next morning he didn’t have any rash on his legs and he hadn’t scratched it at all that night!  It was amazing!  He usually itches and scratches in his sleep so he doesn’t even know he is doing it.  But this cream was awesome!  It worked fast and it was great!  Another great thing that I like about this is that it is safe for the face and body.  Some of his prescription creams are so strong they can’t be applied to his face but this stuff is gentle and effective.  I like knowing that it is safe to use on him but it also works!  I will definitely be keeping a supply of this in our closet!

Buy It:

TriDerma’s Severe Diaper Rash cream retails for $6.99 and can be purchased online here or I found it at my local Walmart.  You can search here and see if there are places that sell it local to you.   The Eczema Fast Healing cream retails for $7.99 can also be purchased online or at some Walmarts and drug stores.  I did the local search and it is not in my area in Utah here but check and see if you have it near you.  Also check out their facebook and twitter pages.  They have lots of informative tips and deals!

Win It:

How would you like to try TriDerma’s Severe Diaper Rash Cream?  Well 5 lucky Oh So Savvy Mom readers will get to try a tube of their own.    The first entry method is a little different on this giveaway.  Please leave a comment with your best or funniest diapering moment while traveling.  Then enter below on the form and good luck!  Giveaway open to US only.  Must be 18+.



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• Crohn’s Disease
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Heartburn/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
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Little Brother: Simple eczema rash

Eczema? This was a few weeks ago after an unexplained flare up. The hardest part about all of this is not knowing.

My problem is I feel like I did this to him. It really is heart breaking. I shouldn’t have eaten this while pregnant or taken that or done this… At least this newest doctor tells me nothing I could’ve done its in our genes… Although I might’ve done something right by avoiding his shots.

While I’m not anti vaccines I did not vaccinate my children. Had I not had complications during pregnancy and had healthy children yes I probably would’ve done the shots. Only I have children with compromised immune systems.

Eczema is a blanket answer even if it is an answer. It’s used to describe the allergic reaction or something unknown. Because it could be anything it is very hard to cure.

The bandaid cure is steroids. I feel bad for those parents that trust the doctors so willingly. Steroids will (hopefully unless your Jace) clear the reaction. However it doesn’t actually clear the allergy. It suppresses it deeper into the child’s body so he or she will have complications later on in life.

A couple at my daughters dance class has a boy Jace’s age. He too was diagnosed with eczema. Only his parents use steroid cream. It sounds like they have to use it pretty regularly. If they don’t use it the rashes will come back. I feel bad for them. Obviously their child is allergic to something or is having complications with something… So scary the long term effects it will have.

The weird part is the glossed over look he gets in his eyes when it happens. You can’t tell in this photo but its heart breaking to watch as the hives or red tiny bumps slowly spread. You can literally see them spreading. This was after feeding which I may have narrowed it down to Coconut. So at least we are off coconut.

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream For Napkin Rash Eczema …

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream was created almost 80 years ago and has been used by millions of mums, dads and healthcare professionals ever since to treat the sore skin caused by nappy rash. Sudocrem is clinically proven to help by soothing, healing and protecting your baby’s delicate skin. Browse our site to find out more. Sudocrem is not just a nappy rash cream. It can also be used to treat cuts and grazes, sunburn, minor burns, acne and bedsores. It’s a very useful pot to have around.

Product Features

  • A water-repellent base forms a protective barrier, helping to stop any irritants (urine and faeces) coming into contact with the skin
  • Softens and soothes sore; inflamed skin
  • Help ease pain and irritation
  • Zinc oxide which reduces the loss of tissue fluid
  • Protective antiseptic cream

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