[quote="bernie7, post:1, topic:234494"]
I dont post much, but really need some advice, i suffer from very bad eczema on my hands and feet and have had many different topical treatments, including light therapy, all have had little benefit, so after speaking to my consultant she is offering a new drug treatment, it sounds like it has a really high sucess rate, but the only downside is you must prevent pregnancy while on this drug as it has a high chance of causing severe birth defects, so much so that they will only allow you on the drug if you are using artifical contraceptives and frequent pregnancy testing. I really dont know what to do as my eczema has become so bad i am desperate for a chance to get clear skin again, but dont want to go against church teaching. Any advice would be most welcome.
I suffered from severe eczema as well. I would be very careful using chemicals that are harsh enough to cause birth defects. I used topical steroid oils for years, and although I was promised the steroid would not seep into my bloodstream - it did! It showed up on a blood panel. I have had a lot of additional health concerns, and I would not go so far as to blame the steroid, but the less chemicals the better.
The only thing that has ever helped my eczema is acupuncture, and a strict diet. Doesn't sound like fun, but it made a world of difference.
I cut out caffeine, gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, alcohol, and peanuts.
It is hard, but I noticed a real difference. While it's more involved than taking a pill, it is worth not taking risky medications with lots of long-term side effects. Also, if you are dealing with it holistically, you don't have to worry about risking the life of your unborn child, and therefore do not have to abstain, assuming you are married of course :thumbsup:
Look into it... there are other options out there instead of a harsh medication. I would get a second opinion and explore other options.
And yes, my eczema was quite severe. Puffy oozing eyelids, bleeding rashes, and the works. I looked like a tomato some days. A nasty, rashy, puffy tomato. So I am by no means understating how devastating and painful eczema can be. I know how much it can suck, I hope you the best with whatever you decide to do!