In this section I will talk about the methods that Dr Aron uses to achieve his results. These are no secret – they are explained clearly on his website (www.draron.com) and most of the information below has come directly from the website. There is also no magic in the underlying ingredients, which are creams all regularly prescribed by the NHS. The difference with Dr Aron is in the mix!
The creams prescribed by Dr Aron will vary from child to child and, for a given child, possibly over time. But I believe that most include three key ingredients:
with the moisturiser being by far the main ingredient i.e. the steroid and the antibiotic are very diluted.
With conventional eczema treatment, the three creams are applied separately, and often with periods of no antibiotic. With Dr Aron, they are applied mixed, with less steroid/antibiotic at each application (since they are diluted) but more applications. We are currently applying the creams four times a day. My hope is to reduce that to once a day at some point over the next year. My dream is to stop the mixed cream altogether and use only the moisturiser going forward, except for the occasional eczema flare. I know mums who have managed this with Dr Aron. Steroid creams are funny things. They can have amazing results but as soon as you stop them the eczema symptoms bounce straight back. With Dr Aron’s regime, I’m hoping I can wean Anna off them over time.
Here are photos of our latest pot:
You might spot that the three ingredients are Diprosone (steroid), Fucidin (antibiotic) and Diprobase (moisturiser). I’ve intentionally blanked out the quantities as I wouldn’t want anyone to try this themselves at home. This is the current cream for Anna. Different children will receive different creams – both the underlying three creams and the concentrations will vary by child and over time. We have consulted with Dr Aron via email – I send him photos and descriptions and he tells me what to do. I believe that others also use Skype too.
Our cream comes from Landy’s pharmacy in London, which Dr Aron has an arrangement with for his patients in the UK. We pay them privately for the cream, of which I suspect most of the charge is for the mixing. I know of other mums in the UK who get the creams on the NHS and mix them themselves. In other parts of the world, mums often have no choice but to mix the creams themselves. Based on my culinary skills (I’m thinking of white sauces in particular), I hope I never have to mix the creams myself!
The cream is very pleasant and quick to apply, with limited damage to the surrounding person/clothes/carpet/upholstery. For those of you familiar with Hydromol ointment, you will understand what mean when I describe the aftermath as “snail trails”. And the other cream we previously used, “50:50”, gets everywhere. The only person/thing these creams would sink into was Anna. So many clothes with irremovable stains. And it would take lots of hot soapy water to get off my hands. Anna’s skin, on the other hand, would lap it up. I always thought that the thicker/gloopier the cream/ointment the better. Dr Aron, however, thinks differently and I’m rapidly coming round to his way of thinking.
I’m intentionally not going to say much about cost because it will depend on where you live and how you get your creams. I would guess that we are going to pay around £200 for our first month (today is day 11), with this amount reducing gradually over time as we need less help from Dr Aron and less cream. It has been worth every penny and many more!
Dr Aron’s advice from his website follows. Many people new to Dr Aron will have been doing much of this stuff anyway.
– No swimming (until the skin has been clear for 3 months)
– Cotton clothes only
– No or minimal preservatives/E-numbers in food
– No bath additives. Use only Dove Extra Sensitive Cream Bar
“What!?”, I hear you cry? “Surely you’re not suggesting I use soap?”. This was exactly my reaction but, you know, it seems to be working just fine. And it’s not really soap at all but a fragrance-free, soap substitute. Anna was delighted to use “soap” for the first time in her life and her skin has never looked better. I figured that if I was going to go down the Dr Aron route then I had to go down it 100%. In my next post, I’ll show some of the results.