Do you ever have those times where you spend so much time thinking about something in one day that you’re like, I just need to write this out and hopefully it won’t bother me so much? I’ve been having those days lately. Every. Day. Some days, eczema takes over my life. I seriously equate it to a drug addiction (itching, that is). My mind is like stop itching you stupid girl as my skin is getting like scratched raw but my skin is like oooh yaaaah that feels gooooooood. And I tell myself no, I won’t scratch ever again. But I do.
That sounds so dramatic, I know. You’re like, aw eczema..just a little dry bit of skin. IT’S LIKE MY SKIN IS CONSTANTLY ITCHY AND FLAKING OFF AND RED AND IRRITATED. I hate it. I know I’m not the only eczema sufferer out there, so please comment and cry with me, haha. I never had eczema, other than the occasional bout of it during childhood, until I came to New Zealand. Apparently it’s a pretty common thing for newcomers to have eczema here because we’re all allergic to the plants. Woohoo for me. I live in the bush basically.
My eczema is honestly TERRIBLE. It’s not just like some itchy patches on my joints.. it is literally everywhere. Joints, arms, wrists, back, stomach, chest, neck, legs, around my eyes. And it’s not just a little, when it’s in a full blown state (like now as I angrily write this) it’s more of my body eczema than not. It freaking sucks. This whole post is just a big cry about how much I hate eczema. There really is no point to it. Other than maybe to ask what people have tried and has worked?
I swear I’ve tried everything. I take antihistamines everyday, use hydrocortisone cream, lotion myself with super thick emollient religiously, take lukewarm, short showers…I do everything!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing that clears it up is if I take steroids for a couple of days.. then it’s all gone, fresh slate. And then it starts again. I am crossing my fingers that once summer comes and my skin is getting some regular sun it will clear it up, because I didn’t get eczema until fall last year (New Zealand’s seasons are opposite from North America’s just to avoid any confusion!). Any tips from the banish-eczema masters? I’m falling apart here (literally, ha).