I think I have found something worse than eczema: Impetigo!
Similiar to what I've got/had
It first appears as a small scratch or itchy patch of eczema – skin inflammation – on seemingly healthy skin. A small red, itchy spot quickly develops into a blister containing a yellow substance.
Later, the top of the blister becomes crusty and weeps while new blisters develop in the same place or on other parts of the body. Impetigo usually begins on the face, especially around the corners of the mouth, the nose and back of the ears.
I started getting really dry lips a couple of weeks ago and then they started to become itchy and scratchy. I thought it might be a cold sore but as I’d not had one before I wasn’t sure. I tried some Zovirax but it didn’t make it any better. Next I tried some Blistex cream which is for dry and damaged lips. This kept them moist if I used it regularly but the itchy persisted and soon little bubbles or blisters where appearing. When I’d wake up in the morning my lips would be covered in a a layer of yellow crust as the blisters had wept in the night. Not only was this painful but it was now starting to look very gross!
I thought it must be eczema as I have had weeping eczema before but I spoke to a few people and they suggested it might be impetigo. After doing some reading on the web it looked like I would need to see a doctor. I booked my appointment and told them the symptoms and they said it was likely to be impetigo. I got a prescription for some Fucidin cream which is fusidic acid and started applying it three-four times a day with instruction from the doctor to come back in a week if it had not cleared up. Within a day it was starting to get better and by day four it was almost gone and the lips were no longer so dry. But then I woke up this morning on day six and the blisters and the golden crust was back! Looks like impetigo might be an formidable opponent as eczema!