my elbow... and strangely only my left one.... is dry and chapped.
very very rough :S
what can i do?
i keep putting lotion on it, but it's not really effective...
im guessing the reason why this is only happening to my left elbow is that when im on the computer, i tend to put my left elbow up and rest my chin on it !! :)
i'll appreciate all kinds of replies!!
You should see a dermatologist..It sounds like eczema maybe ? You could try an over the counter steroid cream on it and see if it gets better..
Else- the only way out may be to see a doc!
::: impedimenta :::
nah, it's nuthin' that serious. ive had this before. now and then :)
::: kathywainman :::
you know what, i think im going to go on a search to find the world's most HARDCORE CREAM. hahaha
it really fixes it better than plain old lotion.
::: curses_to_anathema :::
chapstick on ur elbow??? woahhh.. never thought of that!! hahaha, i'll try that - really gracias!!!!!!!! heh...
by the way, what's blistex??
::: pudpie :::
oh you mean like.. that light rock sort of thing? >:S but for me, i think my elbow would hurt. cuz i feel a bit of pain when i rub it!!!
Another reason that people have chapped elbow is because they don't scrub their elbow and all the dead skin isn't fallin off. I know it's gross but try scrubbing your elbow (with loofah or something soft)
i exfoliat my elbows too. i have a "fine grain" foot paddle . dont go to hard it will make them raw.
okay goody!! lots of info!!!
today after school, i'll be grocery shopping for these:
- chapstick - blistex
- cocoa butter
- vaseline jelly
I was using Neosporin, and the doctor said that won't help other than to moisturize it. She recommended hydrocortisone 1% cream. It's an over the counter steriod cream like impedimenta recommended. I get this every now and then too, but this time it seemed worse so I thought I'd better have it checked out.
She gave me some big long name for the condition, which I can't remember now - dermititis something-or-other, and I occassionally get it on my eyelids too. I usually equate it to a stress reaction because that's when it typically crops up. Anyways, it's very common, not very serious, and easily treatable. Or at least I'll agree with that last statement in a few days if the hydrocortisone works.
EDIT: She said to apply it no more than 2 or 3 times a day. She seemed to lean towards the twice a day maximum, and she told me to return in 3 weeks if the over the counter strength didn't do the trick.
I'm kind of against using steroid cream unless it can't be avoided. I've been using one since I was a baby. Using it in a very long term can change your skin - thin your skin and making it more vulnerable. If it is very low on steroid, I guess it'd be okay but do watch out!!
mix some sugar with canola oil or olive oil, rub on your elbows then when thats done rinse and pat dry and add extra oil or some lotion
Vicks vapo-rub. It works better than regular vaseline. If you get cracked bleeding dry heels, smear some on and wear socks overnight - it will heal them in 2 or 3 nights.
And most people I know swear by this. But the vicks works better.
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.