This is an actual conversation that actually happened between me and an actual doctor.
I know I go on and on about moisturising often, but more than 20 times a day seems excessive even to me.
It’s sad when you’re in the shower and you realise just how much skin you ripped during the night because of the scabs and the stinging and the pain.
But even afterwards you can’t scratching.
Short nails for life.
I have had eczema for as long as I could remember. But the length of time you’ve had it doesn’t make it easier to bear. I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog……I haven’t actually met a person in my daily life who struggles like I do, so when I found that there was a group of people who are as frustrated as I am….I just started to cry. I’m so sick of people looking at me as if it’s my fault for how I look. “Oh, Allison, how could you do that to your hands/legs/arms/feet/etc.? Why are you scratching, just stop! Oh, chlorine won’t hurt, it will actually help heal it up! You could just wear long pants, no one will notice.” As a volleyball player, 2 inch inseam spandex is no fun to wear when your teammates gasp when they see the full length of your legs. Working in a hospital is no fun when you must torture your broken hands with hand sanitizer an absurd amount of times per shift. Is anyone familiar with how wonderful you feel while taking a steroid pack? Your skin clears up, completely! OMG, could I actually be normal now? And the day the pills run out, you wake up in blood and your body is weeping, literally. I honestly wish we could just have our own little society where it was just us and we could just deal with the scratching on our own and not have to feel self conscious about it. I just wish all of our skin could just……change. I wish we could just peel it all away and be happy. I don’t remember feeling comfortable in my skin. I don’t think I ever was. I hope one day, I can be.
Submitted by agirlwithabird
I feel it first around my elbows,
embracing me there and sinking.
Deep dermis dries,
cracks run through me,
splitting open at the surface,
drooling clear and bloody drops.
From there it spreads over my arms,
twining around my shoulders,
dried dripping flesh, peeling and raw.
Fingertips trace the patterns there,
seeping spirals etched over old scars.
I scrape a nail across the surface,
and marvel at the blood.
My fingertips furrow the flesh,
and the angry redness follows them.
I draw it over me like a shawl,
and it covers me utterly.
Tendrils sink over my ribs,
my stomach, caress my thighs,
find the carved spaces behind my knees
and chew the flesh,
I find myself constantly scratching,
gnawing, toying with this force.
I lead it, and it leads me,
demanding my attention, my focus.
When I sleep, I wake with bloody hands.
My fingernails dance across my plains,
leaving behind desolate patches,
flesh curled and ragged, oozing and flaking.
I imagine it taking me absolutely,
sinking into the deepest parts of me.
The hot, immediate desire to flay,
to scrape out another layer of my self,
turned inward on whatever I can claim to have there.
My childhood is overrun by patchy pestilence,
skittish cats and unknowable aunts all reddening
and sloughing off in nostalgic sheets,
as my fingernails pare it all away.
I see my parents standing in a hallway,
packed suitcases and sad farewells,
the hurt looks they try to cover for me…
I scratch it away and feel them,
splitting like rotten fruit under my hands,
itching and rubbing at their faces -
They become anonymous and identical
and with rash exaltation I scrape more,
tearing it all away,
tearing myself apart.
ten whole friend dollars to the person who can come up with ONE good thing about eczema
YOU PEOPLE ARE CREATIVE, RIGHT?
HAVE AT IT
lmao it keep eyebrows in shape ?
So I just read an article on how you should avoid eating meat when you have eczema as it will help it and stick to breads, pastas, fruits, vegetables, things in the nature. I also have PCOS which the diet for that is staying away from breads, pasta, and things like that which means you can eat meat, fruits and vegetables, now with having the two it pretty much means I should only eat fruits and vegetables… apparently I should become a vegetarian… not going to happen.
I reached the same conclusion at one point; if I ate anything that wasn’t raw fruit or veg I would start intensely itching :(
Ha, I’ve spent my life having to listen to other people talk, to being paranoid that people are talking about my skin, to have my mom’s friends come over and tell me that I should ‘fix’ it, to have my friends and family tell me to ‘stop scratching’. Ha, like its sooo easy. I can just pull my hands back and stop. This itch isn’t like anything they have ever imagined. It’s all consuming. It contaminates my head. Its this intense burning. It doesn’t ever go away.
:( I’m sorry :(
Anonymous asked: Is it true that if you scratch someplace affected with eczema then scratch a place not affected by eczema or less affected, eczema can spread to that second area that way?
That is my first thought, I have NEVER heard of that before, not from anyone; not doctors, nor other people with eczema, and I have never experienced it and I’ve had eczema since I was born.
Also, eczema is genetic and can’t be caught from someone else, and if only people knew that, a lot of little kids would have a far easier time in school ;-; poor little kids
Sigh. I hope that answers your question.
The top of my forehead is very dry and very flaky at the moment, so I thought I’d make a post about how I deal with it :) Here we go:
- Exfoliate: Use a loofah sponge to gently exfoliate (emphasis on gently!) the affected area of dryness. It should slowly remove the dead skin.
- Moisturise: Either use an oil based cream (or you could use olive oil, which works well) and thoroughly massage it into the skin. You could also use vaseline, or any other thick moisturising cream. It will look and feel oily and greasy, so make sure your hair is completely pushed back. By massaging it in, the skin will absorb the cream better.
- Repeat the process: Over and over and over until the skin feels smoother :) It will take time, so have patience :)
- Drink lots of water: The simple things really do make a big difference and drinking lots of water will enable your skin to heal much quicker.
:) Yes, this is good.