As noted in this thread, Moon Unit is having some trouble with eczema. The pediatrician prescribed Elocon (mometasone, a steroid) cream for the inside of her elbows which works beautifully - but every time she stops using it, within a week the elbows start to break out again. And now it’s on her torso and neck, though not as “concentrated”. Poor kid right now is very itchy and unhappy…
I don’t want her to slather herself in the medication because of concerns over side effects from overuse (enough topical steroids, and systemic effects become a concern). Also, we see the allergist tomorrow, and I want the allergist to see her in all her itchiness. Though I may bring the 'roids along and dose her in the car on the way home!
We actually did take the extra step of putting hardwood flooring in her room and we’ve got a HEPA set up in there. She hates the HEPA unit however - it’s a little noisy and though I think I’d get used to it, it bugs her. So it doesn’t run as much as we’d like. But basically we’ve done all the environmental controls.
I wracked my brain and tried to think “what’s changed?”. Well, the eczema started in June, and she had her ears pierced in March. Although we’ve restricted her to only 14K gold earrings, and she’s never had any breakout near the earrings, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection. Any thoughts?
would suggest that widespread eczema might be linked but I haven’t been able to find any reliable-looking sites that bear this out. This site and similar ones all appear to be hawking titanium-based jewelry.
We’ll be discussing this with the allergist tomorrow of course. My hope is it’s not a problem; Moon Unit’s itchy scalp was certainly a problem before the piercing happened and I think that’s connected. Not that I mind buying a couple of pairs of titanium earrings for her if that’s what it takes; she really wants to keep the piercings and we could save the gold for special occasions.