Whilst this week in the USA, April 16th – 22nd is Eczema & Psoriasis Awareness Week, at the depth of my son’s eczema journey, every week in our home was eczema awareness 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, publicised and promoted eczema awareness week. 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 realise 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 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 have rates of depression of 7.6 percent. Whilst these are US statistics, it would seem logical that it would be a reasonable assumption that similar statistics would be found the world over.
If you are new to eczema, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Ask advise and opinions from those who have travelled this road for a long time. And if you are an “old hat”, join a community, share your struggles with those that 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 a little easier for your special little one.
Our products, which have been selling in the USA for some time, have recently launched in the Australian market and are available online.
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