Eczema relief on the road

Itch – Scratch – Itch – Scratch – Itch

Bumpy, swollen, red fingers

Painful eczema

When we were traveling for a year I wondered ‘how was I going to manage the itch abroad?’

Whether we were in Iceland, Morocco or in-between I needed a quick, easy-to-pack, inexpensive remedy to heal my itchy hands that worsened with washing.  Avoiding cooking, cleaning or washing was not an option.  Rubber and latex gloves worsen my hand eczema unfortunately.

I tried various creams.  No health insurance.  Didn’t want to spend hundreds to visit a physician to get an Rx; typically a steroid cream.  Steroids thicken the skin; don’t like that. 

Then I discovered ‘Chap Stick’.  Really?  Isn’t this a petroleum product!!!  (Vaseline is petroleum jelly for example) Argh!!!!

I never liked the thought of putting petroleum products on my skin- still struggle with this thought.

I rubbed the patches of eczema with chap stick and guess what?  It worked.  My hands cleared up.  I could wear my wedding ring more often and well, my hands looked better.  Chap Stick fits in my pocket.  Ahhhh – portable relief

The story doesn’t stop there.  Later bought a small jar of thick Nivea cream.  Again, my mind is saying ‘oh no, preservatives, chemicals, yuck’ and ‘do I really want that on my skin?’  I decided to try the cream.  The result?  My hands look and feel so much healthier.  Although I was banned from using anyone’s computer keyboard, ‘Mom, my keys are greasy!’

Soon after our return to the U.S. I lost my Chap Stick.  Shopping for a new one I found many came in ‘flavors’.  I tried one with peppermint – so irritating to my skin.  I didn’t want to smell like a berry, peach or vanilla bean either. Finally I found a plain ole Chap Stick.  My hands never looked better.



Venice, Italy, Summer of 2012 Trip

Julie, founder of Allergy Free Table, LLC, and her family spend their time exploring, traveling and learning how to eat healthy without allergens or food sensitivities. She has worn many hats in the food allergy community since 2001 - support group member, volunteer, advocate, educator, author and speaker. Julie received her master's degree from Framingham State University in Nutrition Education in 2015.

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