Hello, Dear I’m 25 years old and had been struggling with this kind of skin problem. For those of you who don’t know about this yet, feel free to click the provided link for further information. And for those who have atopic dermatitis (eczema), I guess we can all I agree that by having this in our skin is the worst nightmare we ever had! For this is bothersome especially at night, where you just want to rest and have enough sleep. Right? But by having this made it more difficult to achieve because we are experiencing some extreme dryness in our skin that appeared to be flaky and feel itchy at the same time.
Few years ago when I was still free from atopic dermatitis or only have a mild eczema, I used to have healthy skin and Cetaphil has been my brand for many years because it is fragrance free! More favorable to me since I have sensitive skin. However, when atopic dermatitis becomes more active, Cetaphil no longer work best on my end. But it is still the best cleansing soap for I have never experienced any itchiness or redness after using this. It is just so sad that this infection cannot be cured by a mere soap. But I remained positive about it. I know, it won’t cure anything, but this product lessens the itchiness and irritation of my skin to unknown triggers. What more if I don’t invest in a better brand, right? I guess, it will be much worser than this.
Anyway, because of my case I have consulted to a number of dermatologists, but decided to go back to my allergist for I believe…will be able to cure this infection. He was even confident that this is something not be worried about and so I trusted him well enough. Week after week, I saw some improvements. Thank God! But once I have consumed all the prescribed medicines and so the infection starts to reappear. I have realized that none of them really do get rid of my skin’s condition, it just prevents it from becoming worst but it is still there! I honestly don’t even know what really triggers me which forced me to become more vigilant of my surroundings. You know what’s even more tiring? It is when you can hardly identify the real triggers. Now, I fully understand why they end up giving me tons of list and that is to somehow give me a clue of which might be the cause of my skin irritation.
They even advised me to at least have a balance diet and to regularly moisturize the infected area of my skin. But to tell you honestly, it was a lot of work and everything was just a trial and error thing. At that moment, I was fully convinced that there was no cure for this type of skin problem yet and it was heartbreaking to know for it already spread all over my body. Please do excuse me for I’ll be giving a detailed information about my case.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) does not only ruin your sleep, but also affects you emotionally.
I have it all over my scalp, ears, arms, legs and even on some private parts of my body! That’s really a horror story for someone who already have a sensitive skin plus has infection. Do you all agree?
Apart from this, I have been using a product that contains steroids, a topical one to be exact. One is in a liquid form, but the rest are in the form of cream/lotion/ointment. For me, it works like magic! But I will not give you the names of these brands for I am not authorized to give a prescription to you and to anyone and I will take this moment to apologize for not sharing a specific brand of this. But here’s the good news! It can be gone for a few days, but sadly will appear again the moment you’ve lost enough sleep, became stressed, ate too much of dairies and many more!
Anyway, one of my dermatologists and allergist prescribed me that contains steroids. Though it can give you a quick fix, it cannot be used regularly for it has side effects as well. I will not go deeper into this topic to not mislead people since I am not an expert or has a background on this. But you are free to make a research about it, though.
By the way, to help me cope with this kind of struggle, I just simply lessen my stress and strive to have enough sleep despite the fact that it is hard to ignore this condition. I know and I accepted the fact that it will never cure my atopic dermatitis, but at least I am doing something that will not put my health at risk.
Anyhow, I don’t want to sound hyprocite here since I did benefit from using steroids, so I am also giving you the positive sides of it in the best possible way.
Here are some of the benefits that I’ve gained from using steroids for several years already, but discontinue right away once it got treated. Meaning to say, I only use it when it is no longer bearable or manageable. Feel free to check it below!
- Quick treatment
- Lessen itchiness after a few minutes
- Can disappear after a day of application
- Prevents you from touching or scratching your infected skin
Sounds great, right? Now, you must be thinking of using any brand that contains steroids, but let me tell you this before you do so.
Here’s the real thing, this may be an answer to your sleepless nights and will now let you concentrate on your tasks, but relying too much on this will only make your situation even worst!
Just think it this way, it’s like an antibiotic, the more you use it, the more it becomes less effective, which will force anyone to increase the number of dosage he/she takes. As for the topical treatment with steroids, the regular you apply, efficacy lessens in no time! So in short, a quick fix doesn’t mean you got cured right away. It just means temporarily treated, but will reappear after a few days.
The next thing that I will share with you is the fact that I ignored some of their recommendations or pieces of advice. Few years ago, I was asked by my allergist to get rid of dairies to somehow lessen my skin irritation. I have actually read everything, but never really complied with it. And I don’t know why. I just feel that it is a little bit too much to give up the dairies that I take regularly. As a result of not listening and taking it lightly, I have then suffered far from my expectation.
Fast forward, after going through a lot of painful nights all because of my hardheadedness, I have finally learned my lesson. Yes! Whenever I feel like my atopic dermatitis is getting thicker, becoming red and itchy, that’s a sign for me to stop consuming dairies or to take a deep breath whenever I feel so stressed. Also, to stop whatever I am doing and just sleep when my body is really forcing me to rest.
By the way, who’s addicted to coffee here? Please count me in for I am so in loveeeee with coffee! But too much intake of it really do harm me, especially my skin. It becomes irritated and more sensitive. So, for those who are coffee lovers like me and has atopic dermatitis, please lessen your intake of coffee especially when you start to feel that your skin is becoming inflamed/irritated than it used to.
I know, some of you would ask me why not ditch all dairies? Right? Well, here’s my simple and honest reply, I cannot imagine a life without having sweets to munch or drink on. Chocolates, coffee, donuts, whatever that is really do make me happy especially in difficult times even if it means not actually curing my situation. You see, life is short, so enjoy it while you still can. I just strongly believe that moderation is the answer for this infection and not deprivation. Do you agree with me?
I know, I may be acting strange if I will not tell you that there weren’t days where I feel like giving up, because there is! Everyday of my life is a struggle! Having this isn’t really a joke for I had this skin problem for a couple of years already and I can no longer recall when did it start since a lot of things going on. Especially now, in this time of pandemic where people are constrained to get treated because most hospitals became overwhelmed by a high number of covid patients. In other words, it is also not safe to go to hospital, clinic or to any public places as of the moment.
Enough of lengthy sharing and drama, I am only sharing this for obvious reason and that is to let other people know that atopic dermatitis is not like a simple skin problem. Its complications or effects vary from person to person. And I am here to send my love for those who are also struggling, suffering and even losing hope to have a solution for this infection.
I believe, by simply voicing out my situation could help anyone to understand this infection. Also, by sharing this could give comfort to people that they are never alone. Thus, no one deserve to remain silent with this case or to take this case any less.
Feel free to share the worst experience you’d ever gone through because of this. By sharing, we will be able to give hope to those who are also needing some attention, some support and most of all, some light of encouragement to continue the fight.
It may be hard, but I know for sure that there will be a cure for this, given the fact that our world is becoming more and more advanced. So, while we are waiting for it to come, let’s do our best to be in the best shape! 💪
Keep believing, keep fighting!
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