Does eczema get worse with age?

I discovered that I had eczema about 8 years ago when I was 18. At that time it was very bad on my feet, but that was the only place that I ever saw any signs of it. Since then I've been taking antihistamines to keep from scratching, so the foot problem went away, but I've noticed myself becoming itchier and itchier over the years. Anyone know if it gets worse as you get older?

Usually eczema improves with age.

One of the reasons why people get eczema in their later years is due to stress triggers.

Another reason is that you get immune to the drugs and medications that you have been taking over the years. They lose its effectiveness.

Also, did you find out what your source triggers are? If you do, you should be able to address your eczema skin pretty effectively.

I am an eczema patient myself. Recently, I managed to heal my skin with some of the tips provided in this free newsletter. You may wish to check it out
no..but it does get worse if you don't treat it...
Get some Elidel from a dermatologist. (steroids like cortisone will make it worse not better and an antihistimine doesn't work on eczema)
Hey Nick

Lets not find out how long it takes and heal the issue.
Here is a herb remedy that will work, but will require some patience.

1. Take 1-3 droppersful of Echinacea Plus Tincture (at or another qualified site).

2. Rub Garlic oil ALL over the affected area (Garlic will kill anything if you use enough of it)

3. Give 1-3 glasses of Activated Charcoal Slurry per day (to absorb the toxins out of the blood)

4. Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera Gel, Slippery Elm Powder and Activated Charcoal Powder together (absorbs the toxins externally)

5. Apply a thin layer of this mixture over the AFFECTED area(s).

6. Continue this treatment, until the desired Results are achieved.

This is healing at it's finest and you have freedom when you can do this for yourself or others.

Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

Best of health to you
In my experience, yes. I am 60 years old and have recurring eczema. It was pretty minor 'til I got about 7 years ago when it came at me with a vengeance. It was so bad that I finally had to resort to steroid shots because the chances of getting an infection were so high. Happily, I have been off the shots for a couple of years now and able to control outbreaks with topical ointments.
the doctors told me that my kids should grow out of it with age..seems you got it later in life though so perhaps with time you have actually gained allergies and thats why its getting it safe to assume you werent born with asthma or anything like that? just have to stay on top of it the doctor can prescribe a steroid cream to help clear up the patches
It can fluctuate with stress and health issues. Many find as they get older that certain foods make it worse. Possibly try cutting out/down on one food group at a time for a few weeks and see if that makes a difference. If there isn't any then have it again by all means, but notice any reaction to that, too. A common one that can affect skin conditions is dairy. For others its gluten, or tomatoes, or a combination. Go with your gut (ha, ha) and experiment, it certainly won't do you any harm and you may discover something about your body.
Also check if any of the fibres you are wearing or the washing detergent you use is making it worse. My sister's eczema goes crazy if she wears wool.
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