National Eczema Week, starts on September 13 till September 19, I am doing my part to share more details about the disease, with the mission to let the public know it’s more common than a rash to ignore. It is estimated that 35 million people deal with eczema in the U.S. alone; that’s around 10 percent of the country’s population.
While the severity varies, eczema in itself is characterized by rough, itchy patches of skin that can result in major irritation. This was sadly the case of me. Before I share my story lets dive into the history of National Eczema Week.
History Of National Eczema Week
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin disease that stems from inflammation of the skin. Eczema is characterized by red patches, flaky skin, and intense itch, and it’s commonly seen on children. While most end up healing in the long run.
The exact cause of the disease in itself is unknown, but it’s known to be triggered by many factors, ranging from stress to allergies, and can affect all kinds of people, regardless of age, race or gender.
As a disease that affects an enormous part of the population. It wasn’t long before a group of people wanted to educate and show support to these individuals. And that leads us to December 1988, when Jon M. Hanifin, a dermatologist; Irene Crosby, an eczema sufferer; and Susan Tofte, a research nurse, came together to provide support and education for people living with eczema.
Does eczema disappear when you are older?
Four out of every five kids that develop eczema at an early age would see it disappear in adulthood. However, dry skin may persist, and stressful episodes may cause it to reappear temporarily.
Is eczema contagious?
No, eczema is by no means transmittable to other people. You can hang out with other people and children can play with their friends as they do normally.
I was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 2. Being the first person in my family to suffer from eczema this was torture. Not being able to wear simple outfits like shorts or even short-sleeved t-shirts having eczema always made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. This carried on into my adult life.
I have been in and out of the hospital, in my case it was severe that many basic treatments didn’t help. It went to the point that I needed to be tied up by my hands just so that I wouldn’t scratch myself open as this can take extremely long to heal. I am now 30 and mainly suffer from flareups, after years of different treatments I finally have a cream that can help control it, my eczema will never fully disappear and this is hard to control I try to not use the treatment as its a steroid and is known to thin the skin.
Living with eczema was a nightmare, I was living in my personal hell being tortured and bullied, made fun of for not having beautiful looking skin like everyone else. I do feel self-conscious about this, I still bear the physical and mental scars that will never go away.
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Inspired by article https://nationaltoday.com/national-eczema-week/