Eczema Awareness Month

Yes, folks, October is Eczema Awareness Month! Time to bring it!

Throughout the month I'm going to have some fun stuff for ya - giveaways and such ;-)

I'm excited about this month, actually. There is no cure for eczema and the best way to fight for a cure is to being awareness to the issue!

Eczema (aka Atopic Dermatitis) is estimated to affect 10 percent of all people at some point in their lives. Crazy, huh? For something so irritating, painful, and even debilitating... it sure would be nice to have a cure.

I was happy to get the National Eczema Association's October edition of "The Advocate". I really love their campaign:

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I can definitely identify with these:

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And my hunny agreed that he knows all about this one:

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It's not fun.

This is what I've worked so hard to not let happen again:

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It was all over my legs too... Please pardon the not-so-awesome cell phone photos. I didn't have this blog at the time, so I wasn't concerned about taking nice photos.

Some words to describe that time for me:

  • painful
  • scary
  • itchy
  • gross
  • depressing
  • oppressive
  • exhausting
  • stressful
  • life-changing

Eczema is no joke.

By definition, Eczema is:

an inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions which become scaly, crusted, or hardened

And there are several types of eczema. I have "Allergic Contact Dermatitis". My skin reacts (from mildly to severely) to things I touch such as nickel, synthetic surfaces and fabrics, chemicals, and preservatives. My eczema is also exacerbated by things like coffee and dairy. Click here to read about the different types of eczema.

Do you suffer from eczema?

I want to share your story!

Go to my blog, click the "share your story" button (or click this link) and let's spread the word! There's nothing like knowing there are others out there going through the same thing.

*Cheers to all of my fellow eczema sufferers! Stand up and give yourself a pat on the back for everything you've been through. You deserve it. 

sources:
http://www.nationaleczema.org/living-with-eczema/all-about-atopic-dermatitis
http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/eczema