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19 Sep 2006

allergies or eczema?
SInce birth my son has had problems with his skin. There would be weeks when his skin is red and weeks when his skin is beautiful. The Ped. said that it's atopic eczema and I have to moisturise, have a mild steriod for when it gets itchy and aterax syrup for night time as well. HE is 17months now and the problem is still there but I'm not so sure it's eczema anymore, it's more like allergies. I spoke to Ped. about it and he said no, not allergies, I must go to a dermatologist rather. But let me explain what happens and when it happens and why I think allergies, please advise.
1. When he is in the sun, with sunblock, his skin gets red on his face.
2. When he plays outside, he loves sand, his eyes get all puffy, ref and dry skin around and above the eye.
3. His skin is generally dry
4. He gets a fine rash mostly in his neck (itchy), on his torso and behind his legs, not behind his knees.
5. His eyes seem to itch because he rubs them constantly and he always looks tired due to this. It's almost starting to look like he has wrinkles by his eyes.
6. No cream, moisturiser seems to be working. If it comes it comes and then goes by itself no matter what I do.
7. He also rubs his nose a lot.

I am scared that this is going to damage his skin as it looks and feels cracked.

He is on cowsmilk. But as I said, he always had skin problems since birth and he was breastfed until 17months old ...

Should I go to a dermatologist or have him tested for allergies rather. I just feel that I've used all the creams I can and nothing helped, the derm. is just gonna give me another cream to try ... maybe it's allergies? He has also had adenoids removed and grommets inserted. I was told that when he's older he has to have tonsils out as he gets tonsilitis often.

Sorry for long post, need to sort out my son's skin asap before it starts to scar. It has scarred on certain parts of his body already...
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

This does sound like atopic eczema. The word 'atopic' is another word for 'allergic'. Many children with eczema then go on to develop other allergies such as hay fever and allergic conjunctivitis. This is what is happening to your child now. You need to see a paediatrician with an interest in allergic conditions in children Please let me know where you live and I will recommend the best person for your child.
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