Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can cause signs and symptoms for patients such as unpredictable flares, intense itching, swelling, cracking, or crusting on patches of skin. And while it can be painful, it can also impact work productivity, restrict your social activities, put stress on relationships - and even severely impact mental health. Incredibly common Down Under - Australia is among the countries with the highest prevalence of eczema or atopic dermatitis with 10 to 15 per cent of the population suffering from the condition - and because the issue is so prevalent, eczema is often brushed off as a mild condition – when, for some, it can be life-altering and even debilitating.
"I saw an article this morning where a study showed that eczema was more debilitating than heart disease,” eczema warrior, Joanne from @imthe.pr wrote in a post. “Sounds crazy but take it from someone who’s gone through it; that statement sounds about right to me.” The misrepresentation of eczema as “just problematic skin” means “people who suffer with it can be dismissed as being superficial,” she said, “but it is the most painful and excruciating experience to go through. Everything is painful. Sleeping is impossible. Anxiety is on 100.”
It’s a uniquely isolating experience and one that Instagram’s eczema community are all too familiar with. “What happened? I ate clean. I slept almost 8 hours. I’m not as stressed as I was 5 days ago. I’m not on my period. So what happened?” one post from @mypersonalskinjournal reads.
That’s why, finding a community through hashtags like #eczemawarrior, #eczemaawareness, #eczemahelp and #eczemahealing can help you feel supported, enable you to discover treatments that have helped others and build awareness and acceptance.
Check some out above.