I get a lot of strange reactions from people when they find out I have eczema, it isn’t very visible on my body apart from in the summer when the heat makes it spread more, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my personal experience with eczema.
Right now, my eczema is only flared up on my feet, toes and ankles. In one breath this is great because it’s easier to hide from people but in another it’s a real pain because the heat from wearing shoes to cover it up and being on my feet all day makes them itch much more.
When I first started getting symptoms of eczema it was on my eyelids and under my eyes which were really swollen and painful. As the severity of my eczema worsened I started to get patches on my hands, feet, underarms and legs. For a long time my Doctor’s ignored the spreading of my eczema and prescribed me E45 Itch Relief Cream and various topical steroid creams over and over until I took my Mum with me to appointment one day and she demanded an explanation for my suffering. Well let me just say thank goodness she did because after patch testing it was revealed that I have a number of skin allergies that were causing my flare ups; mainly fragrance but also limonene, linalool, hexyl cinnamol, citronellal, methylchlorothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone and nickel.
Although these allergies have really changed my life in terms of what I can use and how I go about my daily routine I am really doing a lot better than I was a year ago. By changing my makeup, skincare, haircare, jewellery, washing powder, household products and completely removing fragrances from my routine I have managed to get my flare ups under control. Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema so my flare ups will be something I have to deal with for the rest of my life. I am still really struggling to clear my feet up completely but I’m sure with perseverance I will get there in the end.
Right now the main products I use to help soothe my skin are E45 Bath Oil and Aveeno Moisturising Cream, I am also on some medications but I’m not going to big detail about them because what works for one might not for another and I really don’t think using strong medications without medical advice from your own Doctor is a good idea.
Does anyone else have a similar story to mine? Do you want to know more? Let me know, as always any questions or suggestions are more than welcome!