The unsightly red, angry rashes with scratched marks lining here and there can lead to major embarrassment for the sufferers. For those who are fortunate enough not to encounter the unbearable itch and unsightly rashes first hand, they might simply waved it off as “just another skin problem”. However, many sufferers are genuinely tormented by the constant discomfort and inconvenience. If you are new to dealing with eczema and worried about the reaction of others, please continue reading on for a few helpful tips.
Tip #1 – You Are Not Alone
Indeed you are not. Babies to senior citizens can get eczema without any reason. It seems that one day they are not there, and the rashes are all over the body on the next day. You may feel that you are the only one in the world who want to tear off your own skin, well, you are not. You may not know but your next door neighbour or your colleague could be just hiding from you. In fact, you may be able to find local and online support groups where you can meet others.
Tip #2 – You do NOT have to hide!
It is a common skin condition and it is not contagious. People may be surprised or even shocked at your angry red patches and could be really nosy to ask lots of questions, however, you do not need to hide away the rashes. Hiding them under long sleeves and long pants may actually do more harm because your skin needs to breathe. I used to hid them but the itch can get worse when the weather gets hot. I rather expose the rashes than to suffer the excruciating itch.
Tip #3 – You can Talk about your condition
Don’t hide and in fact be brave and own up and simply say “I have eczema. It is a common and non-contagious skin condition.” That should shut those nosy folks up. Somehow they are more embarrass to ask questions when they sensed that you are not.
Tip #4 – You can Seek Relief & take care of yourself first
Don’t worry about what other thinks, take care of yourself. When you seek treatments to heal yourself faster, you do not have to bother with the itch and the rashes will be a lot less noticeable for people to whisper or gossip.
Live YOUR life and not theirs. What they think is their business, take care of your health and yourself is much more important.
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