Ezcema

User - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 60 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone can help me with ezcema!! My 2 year old gets it quite badly and none of the creams I have used seem to be working, it's driving me insane....Can anyone help???

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Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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My husband has fought ezcema since he was a child and still does. Here are the rules his doctor has given him and work for him and my children... Baths not showers... lukewarm not hot... soaking is good... lotion up afterward (Cetephil cream for breakouts, Lubridurm for everywhere else)... soap up only where dirty and only when needed. For soap, the Dr. recommends Basis soap. Nothing with scents or colors in it... and always hypoallergenic. PLEASE take this seriously. It can turn into a real problem. If it persists, see an allergist to check for allergies, it might be causing it. I can really feel for all of you fighting it, been there, done that.

Keri - posted on 02/13/2009

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I have three daughters who all have ezcema, and what we have found that works is Aquaphillic ointment.  You can get it in the pharmacy area of Walmart or your local grocer.  It has been working well for us for about 2 years now.  Just use in place of lotion after baths.  It non scented and hypoallergenic.

Jeanie - posted on 02/13/2009

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I have three children with exzema. We had a wonderful pediatrician years ago who listened to our long list of things we had tried and then recommended Cetaphil. It is an overthecounter cream moisturizer, a bit expensive, but well worth it. It is safe--no steroids--and easy. Just moisturize a few times a day at first and then every day and it stays away for good!

Tonia - posted on 02/13/2009

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My daughter just turned 2 and has had ezcema since birth. She gets really bad flare up all the time. The doctors told me she would grow out of it by 6 months but we have long passed that milestone lol. The only thing that works for her is bathing her in Oilatum dermatological shower and bath oil, using Cetaphil soap and Glaxal Base moisturizing cream. I bath her every other day and apply the Glaxal Base to her as soon as she gets out of the bath. Blot the skin dry, do not rub and put the cream on immediately. I also use the cream 3-4 times throughout the day to keep her skin hydrated. It all works really well and keeps me from using the cortisone creams. It is all available at Zellers and the Glaxal Base can also be bought in a big tub at Costco as it is a little pricy but who can put a price on something for your child if it works!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/10/2009

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Switch from soap-based cleansers to something non-foaming like Cetaphil. Dry, fragile skin is much more prone to a flare-up. Mustela Stelatopia cream for ezcema has worked great for my 6-month-old daughter. If she has a bad skin day, we add a dab of 1% hydrocortisone to reduce itchiness.

Brandylyn - posted on 02/10/2009

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Burt's Bees puts out a product called Res-Q ointment. It's in a small, round, green tin and is FABULOUS! I have severe psoriasis and extremely sensitive skin...been on numerous rx meds and this is the only thing that helps and has been keeping it at bay. One arm is actually cleared totally up. The best part is Burt's Bees is all natural ingredients! Hope this helps....

Hethyr - posted on 02/10/2009

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I'm 24 years old and have had ezcema since I was a baby... nothing seems to work on me still to this day, but when I was little my grandma told me that she used to put Basic H in our bath water and it would take the ezcema away within a coulple of days. I use it occasionally still to this day and it definetly helps. I'm not sure where she buys it from... maybe online... it is pricey, but it also lasts a long time...

Lorletta - posted on 02/10/2009

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I agree with Manda; try the aquaphor.  Both of my kids have it and I rub them down with it all the time.  It keeps the skin moisturized.  And if you can't get that I would use eucerin cream.  But I think the aquaphor works better.  He may need a prescription of something stronger when he gets a little older like my daughter did but they didn't really want to give them the prescription until she got a little older.

Rose-Marie - posted on 02/10/2009

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Ihave lived with this condition for many years, the best way to handle is through a process of elimination. It is usually flares up from allergies against washing powders, detergents, grass, heat or certain food products. Look at what you give your child and see if the condition worsens or not. The best would be to go to a dermatoligist and do a allergy test as this would help to bring down the list

Katie - posted on 02/10/2009

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My oldest son had eczema and extremely dry skin. We had to use Free & Clear type detergents (any brand) and unscented/sensitive skin lotion and baby wash. Two that I found to be good Aveeno and Arbonne. Now these kept everything under control and more or less gone when used regularly but after not using them for a while he would flare up again or get dry and itchy. He is now 5 and has out grown it!



Sarah - posted on 02/10/2009

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I used all the products the doctors recommended and none of them worked! My daughters skin was so bad taht it was raw. I started using african black soap to was her with and shea butter as a moisturizer. Her skin cleared up in a week. It took me a year to find the right product. The products I used were all natural and worked so great.

Alison - posted on 02/10/2009

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My daughter is 5 an has ezcema. Her dermatologist reccommended that we use Aveeno Bath Wash for sensitive skin. No bubble baths, scented creams or shampoos. Lotion everyday with Vanicream. It's a little pricy but works wonders for us. She also told us to try washing her clothes with different detergant to see maybe if that was irritating her skin. We also use Aveeno Hydrcortizone when she is itchy. It helps sooth the skin.  

Martha - posted on 02/10/2009

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when bathing my son, i do not use any soaps or shampoos...only warm water. he is very allergic to scented soaps. i also have started using clothes detergent that does not have colored dyes or scents. if he has a flare up (which is rare now) i dab hydrogen peroxide on the flare. it usually clears up within a day.

Brenna - posted on 02/10/2009

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Both of my kids get it also.  We just had a 2 year check up and the doctor said to spot treat the really bad patches with hydrocortizone.  I also am trying a humidifier at night to get some moisture back in the room.

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hey Kelly, My son has it really bad as well. Whenever his skin is exposde to cold air it cracks and bleeds. We started using Johnson and Johnson's Vanilla Oatmeal body wash and Cortizone 10 for lotion afterwards. Cleared it up really fast. We aslo have to keep his skin covered whenever he goes outside.

Alison - posted on 02/10/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

Ezcema

I was wondering if anyone can help me with ezcema!! My 2 year old gets it quite badly and none of the creams I have used seem to be working, it's driving me insane....Can anyone help???



Prevention is better than cure - the first thing you should do is replace the soap your child is using with a soap free wash. Check the ingredients on the soap before buying - it should not contain sodium laureth sulfate or sodium laryl sulfate. These are the ingredients in the product that make your soap foam, as well as giving you that 'squeky clean feel.' It also removes protective oils off your skin and causes irritation, leading to ezcema. Sodium Laryl sulfate was originally discovered as an oil degreaser. If you simply do not feel clean without using a foam based wash, use cetaphil. This is a milder sodium laureth sulfate product. Bubble baths are a HUGE no no. Not only do they have large amounts of irritants in them causing ezcema, they are also the number one cause of thrush in young girls. This is due to the irritation factor. After bathing, make sure to use a fragrance free lotion, preferably with a protective barrier in it. Your pharmicist should be able to recomend a good one. I have tryed this method personally with success. If the ezema does flare up, you may need to use a prescription medicine/hydroquartisone cream.

Candida - posted on 02/10/2009

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Caylur - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi, my 5 yr old step daugter get's it really bad. Try DERMAVEEN it comes in shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bath gel, lotion. Chemist only. hope it helps :)

Caylur - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi, my 5 yr old step daugter get's it really bad. Try DERMAVEEN it comes in shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bath gel, lotion. Chemist only. hope it helps :)

Kamilah - posted on 02/08/2009

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Cortisone is good but it will always come back once you stop using it. My dr. told me to put pure olive oil in the bath water every time, and once they get out of the water, use Eucerin or Sarna lotion immediately. Never let their skin stay dry. Keep it moisterized at all times. If lotion doesn't work for you cocoa butter works great for my kids.

Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Johnson's Creamy Baby Oil!!!!!!!!!

All lotions seem to have some form of alcohol in them, which aggrevates their tender skin (and mine too.)

Leeann - posted on 01/27/2009

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try getting a probiotic for kids called ezcema sheild its in the innerhealth range. it does really work and its natural and very good for you.

Jodi - posted on 01/27/2009

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my son is now 5 an has had it since he was born, they said he would grow out of it but has not as yet, the only thing that is working 4 me is a perscription cream from the doc, alcon or somthing.



 

Amy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Read the book "super Immunity " by Leo Galland.He has some good suggestions. Try giving her flax seed oil or cod liver oil ( omega 3) and (omega 6 ) evening primrose or borage oil. Most kids with eczema are deficient in the essential fatty acids. My daughter had it really bad. Keeping her off sugar was key too. She has outgrown it for now, but gets flare ups every once in awhile.

Carrine - posted on 01/26/2009

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Both of my children now 7&5 have ezcema. Now know that it is allergy endused. My doctor prescribes Singlar when they both turned two. I also use a cream when they do have a break out from Costco or any pharmasy call Cetaphil. It is in a greaan and white bottle. It has a mostier seal that really works great! Good luck!

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi. I'm not sure which country you're in, but in South Africa we have a cream called "Epi-max" which is brilliant. We had to get the eczema under control with scripts from the doctor first (cortizone), but Epi-max is very good for maintaining the results. If used every day it really helps, and it's not expensive.

Candice - posted on 01/26/2009

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Okay, I have it. My son has a mild case too. Here's what I do: DO NOT BATHE your child every day. Unless he/she is really truly dirty, it's just not necessary. Wash the hands, face and use some wipeys on the private parts. That's all you need unless there's actual real dirt. We lizard types need our oils. :-) Also, do not use regular soap, only liquid cleansers that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Right now I really like the Dove wash for sensitive skin, but you can put money on anything that's baby-safe -- anything with fragrance and/or dyes in it is a no-no, including laundry detergent, fabric softener, hand soap, etc. ALWAYS do an extra rinse cycle when you wash your laundry. Have your child checked for any asthma and or seasonal allergies. My doctor told me that it's all related, if you have ezcema, you will also have something else to go with it. I got the triple whammy. My son was a bit luckier, he only has to take Zyrtec for his seasonal allergies. As far as the itching goes, we like the Aveeno anti-itch cortisone cream, it works good, my son doesn't scream when I put it on and he manages to make it  thru the night without drawing blood. Definitely see a doctor, a specialist, whatever you've got at your disposal. There WILL be something on the prescription market that will suit your child's needs, but it may take a few tries to get you there. I hope this helps, it looks like you've got a lot of advice here. I think the bathing is the most important thing though, it has definitely helped us both. 

Amy - posted on 01/26/2009

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pure vitamin E oil is one of the only things that has helped my son. that, and a layer of aquaphor before bed and before he goes out. you may want to check food allergies too.

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2009

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Kelly- Let me know if it works because despite everything that I'm doing, nothing is getting rid of this latest flair-up! I even have a warm mist vaporizer the doctor suggested in her room. It's frustrating that she has also had numerous other creams besides the elidel. The doctors say elidel is the best she could have and (i just remembered this part) that I shouldn't expect the exzema to totally go away (i do though), just for it to be "controlled". *sigh*

Heidi - posted on 01/26/2009

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My daughter just plain has sensitive skin.  The dr. suggested the hydrocortizone, but it didn't work.  I make my own homemade lotion that works absolute wonders!!  It's really easy...go to Dollar General and get the dollar general or "store brands" of Vitamin E cream, petroleum jelly, and unscented baby lotion.  Mix them together with a hand mixer until well blended and it starts to get "fluffy." Store in an airtight container.  This also works beautifully on dry, cracked hands.

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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Stephanie, we're dealing with the same thing w/ our son! The Elidel did nothing for him! After awhile I get tired of putting so many perscription medications in and on my son. I have a friend who has what she refers to as her 'VooDoo Doctor'. He uses 'energy' and food proteins to eliminate allergies. It sounds pretty wacky, but I may just have to give it a try!

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2009

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We recently found that she has a severe allergy to all fish, a moderate allergy to cats and trees (yes, i said Trees), and a mild allergy to wheat and peanuts. I'm thinking her skin and allergies go hand in hand. It is frustrating to deal with and sometimes her flair ups take a long time to go away, but since she cannot go two weeks without her cream like you must with a steroid, we have to deal with the non-steroid elidel. it works pretty well but other times it seems it doesn't work at all.

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2009

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My daughter has had it since she was born. She is now 6. I didn't, and still don't, use any scented lotions, creams, baby washes etc. I use Cetefil soap and Dreft detergent. Her dermatologist said to wash all new clothes before she wears them. When she was younger and took baths, she only took them every other day and i wouldn't let her play in the water (not for too long anyway). Now that she's older, she takes showers but they must be short and every other day. Eucerin is a very good lotion as well as cetafil(sp?). But they're expensive. She also is prescribed elidel, but in the past she's had several other creams with steroids. Be sure that all you child's sheets are washed in Dreft or another 'baby' detergent as well. You might need a prescription creme as my daughter does, but I still have to do everything I described above. Also, her creme is only to be used 2x a day on the affected areas. All other times, I try to keep her lotioned up with the products I spoke about above. Hope this helps.

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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My 6 year old son has also battled this from day one. Between his food and environmental allergies, as well as his sensitive skin, he's a mess. We've done all of the above, to no avail. I feel bad because I've stopped our annual trips to the dermatologist, the steroid creams, etc. We use gentle detergents, no fabric softeners, aquaphor, hypoallergenic body soaps, etc. He is allergic to eggs, and has lesser allergies to milk and wheat. If we eliminated all of those foods from his diet, it might go away. Food allergies are so paralyzing to deal with. Another of my children has a peanut allergy... very frustrating! We completely avoid eggs and peanuts, but otherwise he's exposed to the milk and wheat. Maybe someday! :)

Wendy - posted on 01/26/2009

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it very possibly could be a food allergy.  Try to keep a food diary and see if it gets worse after certain foods and mention to your pediatrician

Sara - posted on 01/26/2009

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I too tried Aquaphor...but it only helped a little. My Dr. also suggested it. But what I found that worked the best for Ezcema and for Diaper Rash and ANY rash for that matter was Bag Balm. My Gramma and Mom suggested it and now I swear by it! :) Everyone that I suggest it to calls me a week later and just thanks me so kindly for telling them about it! You can buy it over the counter at almost every store! It comes in a little green tin. Good Luck!

Megan - posted on 01/26/2009

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Have you tried switching your household and laundry cleaners to non-toxic green cleaners? You littles ones skin issues may be due to an allergic reaction to the chemicals in ordinary cleaners. I know that was the cause of my daughters skin issues. A friend suggested we try Shaklee's "Get Clean" line of cleaners and we have never looked back. We now know her skin issues were due to a reaction to the chemicals in the cleaners I was using. I love Shaklee products!!!!! Check out www.shaklee.net/richert if you want more information or to contact me for more information.

Monique - posted on 01/25/2009

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I have eczema myself and my children are prone to sensitive skin, runs in my family! I agree with aveeno or diprobase cream, very little hydrocortisone, check for allergys I 'm allergic to latex which includes aloe vera, tomatoes, potatoes, ballons, etc use non biological detergent and no fabric softner but i'd definately go for the allergy test.

Claire - posted on 01/25/2009

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My daughter is 3 now and the creams didnt work for her I give her a sea salt bath and that works

Ghostdarlin - posted on 01/24/2009

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I have one word for you-CETAPHIL! It is a godsend and I swear by it and have for the past almost 14 years! I am reposting what I wrote in a similar thread. Any advice please email me and I will help as much as possible.

Here's the post:
I swear by Cetaphil-the bar soap AND the lotion! The bar soap is a must-have and is dermatologist recommended. My daughter had one of the worst cases of atopic dermatitis and she saw a pediatric dermatologist(MUCH different than just a dermatologist)specialist at Bassett Hospital when we were at our wits end. She never slept, always cried, and had such severe itching, her epidermal layer was gone and she bled. She had only gained approximately 3 pounds from birth to almost 6 months because she was actually losing weight from itching! She was allergic to milk products and soy helped a LOT. We consulted with the pediatric dermatologist and the findings I discovered he used in a study there back in 1995. I am still discovering different things to this day!

What helps many of these skin problems is controlling it from the inside out-a lot of acidic foods (spaghetti sauce, orange juice) and of course common allergenic non-acidic foods (like milk and wheat) will make a lot of children's skin react, as well as extreme cold/hot conditions and stress.

Since your child's is mild, Cetaphil lotion (WalGreen's, Rite Aid and WalMart brand have the SAME ingredients and are much cheaper and we've used them ALL) is the A#1 best kind to use. We've used all of the ones listed above and this is the only thing that controlled it. She can bath every day in Cetaphil (using the bar soap you can find in the stores listed above) and the skin doesn't break down like it would normally during cold weather. Keeping the skin clean is very important due to the higher risk of staph and strep infections of the skin if there's a break in the skin's upper layers and only when it is severe do we skip bathing. It's a more economical way of controlling it verses just the lotion because it moisturizes as it cleanses and uses much less over a period of time.

Any more questions please feel free to email me-we've run the gamut of steroids, creams, etc,etc so I am almost an expert! My daughter is now 14 and has gorgeous skin, but only because of all the things we do to control it.

PS-Floucinilone (sp?)(pronounced flu-sina-lone) was the ONLY steroid cream that saved my daughter's skin as a baby. It was safer for a small baby than any topical steroid cream (the others had to high of a concentration of hydrocortisone) and was still strong enough to cure the bad skin breaks and bleeding she had from inept doctors misdiagnosing her.

Anna - posted on 01/24/2009

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I used special creams prescribed by my doctor but what really seemed to do the trick was switching to environmentally friendly detergents (for everything).

Lea - posted on 11/18/2008

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All of the doctor-recommended lotions/gels and such did not work for us. I had four girls that had it. We used something called BEAUTY CONTROL CORTICURE LOTION. It was the only thing that actually worked. Google it. It's worth the money. We actually got it a couple of times on EBAY.

Susan - posted on 11/18/2008

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Allergies or sentsitivity to foods could be a cause. My son has had this problem. His comes out more when he gets out in the sun alot during the summer, on his face non the less. I use Triple paste lotion, not the butt paste. It worked absolutly fantastic, I love the stuff. I don't use anything else. I used everything under the sun until I found this.

Jen - posted on 11/18/2008

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We use a product called Vanicream. They have it behind the prescription counter at Walmart but you don't need a script to get it. It is a little pricey but it works wonders! We put it on after my son's bath and the next day his skin looked so much better. Good luck with whatever you decide to use!

Aimee - posted on 11/18/2008

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My son has it ad on the creases of his arms, he is 2 1/2. We use a cream you can find in Wal-mart or Target. It has Pooh and Piglet on it. I think it is called something Naturals. like that. He is allergic to strawberries but, he love them.

Danielle - posted on 11/18/2008

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try oatmeal baths, aveeno has a nice one, a little pricey, but it worked for my daughter when she had it bad, now she's 7, and she'll have small patches which come with weather changes, we use a small amount of hydrocotisone which u can get a t walmart for less then a dollar, don't use long term because it is a steroid and over time will thin out the skin.

Kara - posted on 11/18/2008

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My son has it, and we used auquaphor(be careful 'cause it can leave greasy stains on clothes) and aveeno lotion for ezcema. My son's is caused by him taking a sulfur antibiotic. He's been on it since he was 6 weeks old, now he's 17 months, but the ezcema has gradually gotten better. Oh, and only bathing them every other day helps a lot too!! Good luck!

User - posted on 11/17/2008

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my daughter is one and she has eczema and it get really bad with the weather changes all i do is simply apply A n D ointment to her and in at most 3 days her skin is clear. its not only just good for diaper rash.and it works GREAT

Erin - posted on 11/17/2008

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Aquaphor (by Eucerin) has worked well for my 4 month old, too. I bathe him with Cetaphil. Can often find coupons for both. :) My pedi recommended putting the ointment on immediately after bathing while the skin is still retaining some moisture. best of luck!

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