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March 1st, 2010, 12:11 AM
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Do any of you ladies have experiences with one or both? Were they good or bad or neither? My daughter's eczema is getting worse, the things that work on my four year old son don't seem to work for her and I want to ask my pediatrician for a referral to one or the other. I don't feel that he is very attentive (understaffed military hospital) and feel that my concerns may be better addressed by a specialist. I am fairly confident that he will give me the referral- all I have to do is ask. SO tell me, what should I consider when I decide? I know eczema can be allergies, environment or both, so how do I decide?
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March 1st, 2010, 11:01 AM
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We've been to both. My son has ezcema that is made worse by food allergies. We found out about the food allergies and eliminated all food allergens in my diet (I was BFing), but the ezcema was still really bad. So the allergist sent us to the dermatologist.

We had a blood test first to determine whether my son had food allergies. And that was when the pediatrician sent us to the allergist. Can your pediatrician send your daughter to have that done first to give you an idea which direction you should be heading?

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May 24th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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We have been to both. The dermatologists did absolutely nothing to help long term. Seeing the allergist was the best thing because it turned out that she was allergic to many things and being able to control her diet helps the eczema A LOT. For us, the derm (who is supposed to be hot stuff in our area) didn't even touch on the possible food connections.

Now, we just deal with the main pediatrician who treats the eczema and then the allergist. Her condition is much better than it was.
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May 27th, 2010, 11:08 PM
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My son does not have food allergies, he was on Neutramagin for 2 months with no relief.. But he has bad eczema.. The Dermatologists treatments have not helped.. I made a appointment with an allergiest on Wednesday.. I'll let you know how it goes..

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