I’ve had debilitating eczema since I was a baby. It’s not just dry skin. It has psychological effects and it’s quite painful and it can be debilitating. Because of the eczema on my hands, I dread shaking hands with people. I hate cooking because often certain foods will hurt my hands when chopping. Even washing my hair is difficult as ingredients in shampoos can sting.
Something that stood out to me in particular was strangers telling me not to scratch it. They think they’re helping, which they’re not. Scratching is a compulsion, not a choice. It’s not mind over matter. I own a Facebook group called ‘Say No To “No Scratching”’, to help take away the stigma attached to eczema and compulsive scratching. If you have eczema, ultimately you’re not alone with it and there is help out there.