While October is eczema awareness month in the USA, at the depth of my son’s eczema journey, every month in our home was eczema awareness month, every week, every day, every hour and at times, every minute was a reminder of a life consumed with the perils of dealing with eczema.
Being here, reading this blog, I suspect you probably have the same situation with yourself, or a loved one.
There are many benefits of having a dedicated, publicized and promoted eczema awareness month. For me, there are two main benefits. The first being that those who are not directly affected become more aware that eczema is not just a little itch, it’s an ongoing and often debilitating condition affecting a large proportion of the population. And the second, and even more valuable purpose, is that of being able to realize that you, as an eczema sufferer, or loved one of a sufferer, are not alone on the eczema journey.
According to the National Eczema Association’s findings in a recent survey, more than 30 percent of adults with atopic dermatitis (AD) reported that they have been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. This is almost 4 times higher than the general U.S. population, which is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be 7.6 percent.
If you are new to eczema, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Ask for advice and opinions from those who have traveled this road for a long time. And if you are an ‘old hat,’ join a community, share your struggles with those who can relate and understand what you are dealing with. A problem shared is a problem halved – or so the saying goes.
As we are all too well aware, eczema, being an ongoing condition requires management to keep under control.
Here’s hoping the Happy Little Bodies regimen of eczema care products can make the task of managing eczema easier for your special little one.
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