When a good friend of mine asked me if I had any advice about the eczema on her feet I wasn’t sure if I could help. I’m not a doctor, but I can share what helps me.
She knew about my topical steroid withdrawal journey and didn’t want to use the steroid creams.
The transformation in just a few weeks is amazing.
Mim’s foot eczema before
I met Mim a few years ago when I joined Chiltern Harriers. She is one my favourite people to run with and she has lovely skin, which just goes to show, eczema can strike at times of stress for people who have previously not had any problems.
She asked me in desperation what she could try. I could see how sore her feet were and really hoped I could give her some helpful advice
So I told her what worked for me. I suggested she try some Epsom salt baths for her feet and if it didn’t work, every runner can benefit from a salt bath for the joints! The salts would not go to waste.
We also chatted about what moisturisers she had already tried; Sudocrem was helping a bit but she felt her feet were just getting worse as they were so itchy and she couldn’t stop scratching them. Eurax anti itching cream wasn’t helping either.
I recommended Epaderm, which is one of the emollients I’ve found that works for me and I knew she’d be able to get hold it fairly easily.
I also have two favourite natural skincare brands; Balmonds and Lyonsleaf. Both are independent UK producers who make really lovely natural skincare products. I have a little parcel of natural skincare products for Mim to try, including Balmonds Rosehip oil that I’m finding really lovely on persistent eczema. Watch out for a delivery Mim!
So much healing in just a few weeks
We first chatted on the 11th April on Whatsapp so she has only been treating her feet with the salts and Epaderm for a few weeks.
I’m so thrilled with this healing.
Mim told me, “It started with two tiny patches where some new shoes rubbed and just gradually grew! It really would be nice to get on top of it before the summer sandal season. A couple of people had advised me to go to my GP for steroid creams but I have resisted the urge after seeing your problems. For some reason it’s the evening when it itches most.”
I’m so glad she didn’t get those steroids and this just makes me so proud and glad that I’ve been sharing my topical steroid withdrawal journey.
She just messaged me this morning with the picture above and it has made my day.
“Thought I would show you the improvement in my feet! I’ve been doing a soak in Epsom salts most days, plus the Epaderm 2 or 3 times daily. The itching has really lessened as they’ve improved, but it took great restraint at first not to scratch. The red thickened skin will take a while to go but that’s to be expected. But so much better! I no longer feel the urge to scratch madly until they bleed. Thanks so much for your recommendations, this is the best they have been in ages. How you cope with your poor skin I just do not know. You are amazing Ruth!“
I also suggested tubular bandages over her feet to help her avoid scratching. She used her compression socks, which for those who don’t know, are really tight socks!
Thanks Mim for letting me share your story.
I’m always really nervous when people ask me for advice. What works for me might not work for someone else and I don’t want people to buy something and then find it doesn’t help.
This last photo is me with my running chums. Cannot wait see all their smiling faces for real when we get let out again!
What are you favourite natural non steroid solutions to eczema?
Please also ask me for advice if you have any eczema questions!
And lets hear some love for Mim’s feet! May they continue to heal! Get them out in the sun Mim.
PS. Maybe your feet need some new sandals Mim! Those shoes have terrible peeling and look like they also have eczema themselves! 😉 I can’t fix shoes.