Q. I suffer periodically from eczema. Recently a new shampoo set off a bad bout. The rash went down my neck, across my shoulders and onto my arms. The itching was driving me crazy!
I went to the Internet and saw your article about Maalox for diaper rash. I didn’t have Maalox, but I did have Pepto-Bismol. I dabbed it on my shoulders and neck, and the itching stopped immediately. Two days later, the rash has almost disappeared.
A. Thanks for sharing your innovation. We’ve never heard of putting Pepto-Bismol on the skin to relieve irritation or itching.
Eczema tends to be a recurrent problem for many people. We offer advice on supplements and dietary approaches as well as nonprescription creams that can soothe eczema in our Guide to Skin Care & Treatment.