I’m sad. Like really sad. Okay, more like guilty and helpless. And confused too.
E’s eczema is back again, and this time, with a vengeance. It has been dormant ever since he crossed the one-year old mark and I have been quietly rejoicing for around 10 months. Then, right after we returned from hometown on the 4th day of CNY, ka-boooom! Big time flare-up. Initially we suspected the dust in the house after being left untouched for a week. So Hubby changed the sheets, wiped, vacuumed and mopped the floors. It took two weeks to go away with diligent application of virgin coconut oil, Physiogel and Eurax. We also used the super duper expensive cream prescribed by his paediatrician – Protopic. I’ll write more about this supposedly cancer-causing cream soon.
His skin and face were back to normal for like 4-5 days before…ka-boooom, second time attack. This time around, it’s definitely NOT dust. He went back to daycare after a long break (remember the Thaipusam weekend) and came home with rashes. This morning, it was so bad I felt extremely horrible for being a working mum and not able to be there for him. If I were to stay home, his environment would be more stable and his immune system will not be subjected to so many possible allergens, right? But then again, how long can I keep him at home with me? He has to leave the nest one day too…*sigh*
What do I do now? I’m contemplating of another blood test – a more comprehensive one that will cover not only foods but also other factors like environments and chemicals. That would cost us around RM700+ to RM800+ and I’m kind of short of money now (believe it or not, I’m left with RM200 only in my bank account and it’s not even mid-month yet…no thanks to Chinese New Year. Never been this poor in my life). Money can always be earned again. It’s better to find out what are the other culprits, avoid them and keep the eczema under control rather than see him suffer week in week out. Dr Ling did mention that foods only constitute a very tiny trigger factor of eczema. It’s mostly environmental. So it could be more than just cow’s milk, egg and peanut.
We recently tried goat’s milk on him (before the flare-up) but I don’t think he’s allergic to this as the rashes only appeared two days after. His system reacts very quickly to allergens; licking some gelato will send rashes to skin surrounding his lips within 5 minutes, followed by itchiness.
I’m also thinking of trying traditional Chinese medicine on him soon…it’s time to try the alternative method.
I’m like a headless chicken now…at my wit’s end 😦