Fighting Against Eczema


What is the one thing that people always do when something doesn't go the way they want in their life? The answer is ignorance and that’s what I have been doing for the past twenty-three years of my life. After all, ignorance is bliss. For the past several years, I have been living my life by ignoring the one thing that rules over my life, Eczema. I ignore the itchiness, the dry skin, the inflammation, the scars, you name it. I ignore all of it. Why do I ignore it? Simple; I believe that if I ignore it, it will go away but did the itchiness go away? No.

I scratch all over my body to relieve the itchiness and to tell you the truth, it was hell. The itchiness is not only affecting my hands, it also affects both of my legs, my upper body, and my back. Believe me when I say that the itchiness is worse during the night than day. For years, I never knew why my skin is always itchy and why do I have it. I wonder but never have the guts to see a Doctor nor I research it.

To be honest, the reason that I didn’t go or want to see any Doctor is because I am ashamed of my body. Yes, ashamed. Due to me always scratching my body, I have a lot of dark scars, especially on my legs and buttock. But enough is enough, I don’t want to live my life by being ashamed of my body anymore. Thus why I finally listened to my Mother on seeing a skin specialist and guess what, I was diagnosed as Eczema.

The Doctor told me a short version of it and what I can do to lessen the itchiness. The two things that the Doctor told me to do (which were very basic) is to not share my shower soap and to only wear cotton clothes and undies. Yes, the Doctor only told me that and to eat the pill and apply the creams that he gave me. The pill that I received was Aerius 5mg and the creams that he gave me were Fucicort Cream and one small tub of ointment that has no name on it.

As always, I suck in eating the medication. I only take the pill when I remember to take it and a month after that, I stop taking the medication altogether. This is because I didn't know how to swallow the pill properly. On the other hand, the pill made me feel more tired than I already am. So, the only thing that I can do to stop the itchiness is by applying the creams day and night but it was not enough.

Once again, I went back to my old days where I started to scratch again. It sucks but I am determined to not eat the pill again. This routine goes on for the next two years until the year 2015 when again, enough is enough. I cannot bear it anymore. It is time for me to find a solution for it and it is time for me to fight back. Finally, I did some research on Eczema and I found National Eczema Association where they put a lot of information about the disease.

Believe me when I say this, I literally cried. The bits of advice that the Doctor gave me was obviously lacking and unhelpful. On that very day, I have learned a lot about Eczema and the website has helped me tremendously. I finally knew what kind of products that I can use for my sensitive skin and a lot more. Dare I say that I finally understand Eczema better. After years of learning the tips and tricks to treat my dry and itchy skin, I no longer face the problem. Take that, Eczema.