Movement is afoot to make it so.
The National Eczema Association here in the U.S. is gearing up, https://nationaleczema.org/eczema-awareness-month/
It’s been officially declared in Georgia, thanks to grassroots efforts. The same happened in Louisiana due to the efforts of then 19-year-old Abigail Llewellyn, who admits to being bullied and discriminated against throughout her life due to eczema.
‘Tis the season,
In the U.K., National Eczema Awareness Week starts in September.
World Eczema Day is in September, too. It raises awareness of a type of eczema called atopic dermatitis.
Why are there so many movements to raise eczema awareness?
Because having eczema is life-changing. It’s also common. At least 10% of people in the U.S. have some type of eczema. It’s also often hard to hide your eczema from the world. This leads to stigmatization. People with eczema suffer the symptoms of their rash, and suffer the social consequences of having a health issue that’s so public and hard to hide.
Two-thirds of people with eczema say it interferes with their job or household chores. A shocking 40% say they were turned down from a job or educational opportunity due to their disease. For those with atopic dermatitis, patients often report they are frustrated by their disease, feel angry or embarrassed by it, feel their choices in life are limited by it, and/or are bullied or stigmatized by it – and 30% of kids with eczema report significant sleep disturbances because of their skin disease.
Eczema is a big deal, and all encompassing in one’s life.
There are different types, some are easier to hide than others, but all are inflammatory skin-problems that cause suffering. They also all have a common important issue and that’s skin barrier compromise. People with eczema are the classic “sensitive skin” people. When you see products designed for sensitive skin, it’s often eczema that’s made the skin is sensitive, meaning these are products aimed to fit the skin of people suffering from eczema.
What are the main types of eczema?
This is usually inherited, starts when you are a kid and can involve your entire skin-surface. Skin barrier is weak, skin immunity is hyperactive and “atopics” often develop allergies to many things that touch their skin, including plants, metal, ingredients in skin-care products and laundry soap, wool, perfumes, etc.!
Atopics need hypoallergenic and deeply-hydrating skin care to keep their skin healthy and itch and rash-free. Atopic dermatitis often runs in families with the genetic constellation of conditions including asthma, hay fever, dry skin (ichthyosis vulgaris), and keratosis pilaris.