Monthly Archives: September 2015


Eczema – Diet

By | September 23rd, 2015|Information on Eczema, Treatment of Eczema, What Is Eczema|

Because it is the easiest, most abundant, and readily accessible, changing our diet is sought after as a remedy by an astounding number of patients suffering from an astonishing array of diseases. This is especially true of the TSA/TSW/RSS patient who have run the gamut of deleting foodstuffs from their diet. The mind of [...]

Eczema – Simplicity Is the Answer

By | September 19th, 2015|Red Skin Syndrome Causes, Treatment of Eczema, What Is Eczema|

In countless entries on Facebook, the Internet, and in private conversations the suffering addicted and withdrawal RSS patients report endless lists of foods, medicaments, potions and oils that they have tried in futile attempts to relieve their suffering. Advice came to these patients from friends, practitioners, gurus and various soothsayers. The reality is that none [...]

Helpful Hints During Withdrawal – September

By | September 16th, 2015|Hints|

9. At the beginning of withdrawal from steroids the skin tolerates almost no lubricant. 10. Simple Vaseline is often used at the beginning of withdrawal and at times not even this is tolerated – the burning and itch reaction of the skin force the cessation of usage. 11. Most high priced lubricants are of little more [...]

Helpful Hints During Withdrawal – August

By | September 16th, 2015|Hints|

5. The antihistamine, hydroxyzine is the best of these types of medications for itching in RSS. 6. Zyrtec, Xyzal, Allegra and Claritin are antihistamines that work better to help the symptoms of hay fever and sinusitis. They usually give minimal relief for itching in eczema. 7. Benadryl (nonprescription) works fairly well to ease the itching [...]

Eczema – Testing

By | September 16th, 2015|Information on Eczema, Information on Red Skin Syndrome, Treatment of Eczema, What Is Eczema|

Woolf and Harris, family medicine practitioners from Virginia and North Carolina, wrote an article on the harms of screening tests in the Journal of the AMA in 2012. I now quote their first two paragraphs to make a point about so many tests that the RSS patients unnecessarily go through. Medicine is a science, [...]

Eczema: The Confident Doctor by Sir William Osler

By | September 12th, 2015|Information on Red Skin Syndrome, Treatment of Eczema, What Is Eczema|

Sir William delivered the below extemporaneous remarks to a group of medical students over 100 years ago; yet they still resonate with us a century later. “There is a strong feeling abroad among people that we doctors are given over nowadays to science; that we care much more for the disease and its scientific aspects [...]

Eczema: Searching for the Doctor

By | September 8th, 2015|Treatment of Eczema, What Is Eczema|

Sherwin Nuland MD, a recently deceased and famous Yale University surgeon wrote many books, essays and commentaries. My most favorite commentary was published several years ago in the American Scholar. I cite it here so that I can direct the RSS patients to the appropriate caregiver who will understand the problem and will make the [...]

Corticosteroid Treatment in the Pediatric Patient

By | September 5th, 2015|Pediatric Patients|

The rash of atopic dermatitis or eczema in the pediatric patient is usually mild in nature. Typically it begins with cradle cap (a scaly rash on the scalp) that appears after birth and looks like dandruff. After a few months some itchiness and redness in the folds of the elbow and knee appear. The child [...]

Is it Eczema – Late Flares of Redness

By | September 1st, 2015|Information on Red Skin Syndrome, What Is Eczema|

In my experience many of the Red Skin Syndrome people who had atopic dermatitis or eczema as their underlying problem exhibit several episodes of severe redness followed by a calming whitening of the skin and a diminution of the dilated vessels. They typically have less edema and less oozing and less symptoms of itching and [...]