Many eczema sufferers know this to be true: the effects of eczema are not just skin-deep. This condition may manifest physically in the skin, but due to the stigma associated with it, eczema can also have an impact on someone's emotional and psychological state.
Whether you yourself suffer from it, or you're parenting a child who has it, it's time to realize that the only perception or understanding of eczema you can change is your own.
As long as you manage flare-ups and trust proven treatments to work, you can and will slowly accept that others' misunderstanding of this skin condition shouldn't affect you deeply. In fact, your grace in handling this stressful condition and firm knowledge of its facts will eventually prove to those around you that there is nothing wrong with having eczema.
Still, it stings a little to hear and feel reactions from others. Here are common scenarios people with eczema can relate to.
People think you or your child is contagious.
As your doctor may have explained, eczema is not an infectious disease. Others see flare-ups and immediately link it to a communicable disease, but the fact is, eczema carries no risk of infection to those around you.
Unfortunately, a vast majority of people believe otherwise—and perpetuate this belief. Take the time to explain to your child that he or she isn't someone to be avoided, and instead focus on managing symptoms so you or your child's activities and engagement with others aren't limited.
People automatically assume you're "dirty."
If only they knew the number of lotions and creams you apply! Or the frantic search for the best and most sensitive kinds of body wash, shampoo, and other bath products that won't aggravate symptoms.
While flare-ups can look angry, red, and flaky, they're in no way a reflection of your personal hygiene. It's especially hard for moms to see their kids being ostracized for being "dirty-looking," so manage flare-ups with a potent topical cream like mometasone furoate (Elica) to prevent the skin from looking inflamed and to bring relief to itchiness or peeling.
People can't help but stare.
It's especially harder for kids, who don't need to be made to feel like they're any different from their peers. It's enough to make you want to cover up all the time (which actually makes it worse for some, especially in this weather).
Everyone seems to have some sort of unsolicited advice or miracle cure.
Most are well-meaning, but it's hard to have to explain over and over again that eczema isn't something that can be treated with common household tinctures or generic medicines. In fact, some can even make it worse.
Most families dealing with eczema will already have a go-to doctor for trusted advice and a solution in topical creams like mometasone furoate (Elica), so the best thing others around you can do is to understand the struggle—not try to fix it.
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Mometasone Furoate (Elica) relieves signs and symptoms of eczema (itchiness, redness, swelling), with visible results in 24 hours. Learn more about eczema treatment here.