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My Journey

By Joanna Hamilton When it comes to causes that are important to families, the cause that is probably the most important to my family has been eczema. We have six children. Four of them suffer from eczema. My oldest son has beautiful skin, no problems at all, an occasional pimple. The next one has outgrown […]

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By Laurie Pilkington Our daughter Angelina has chronic, severe atopic dermatitis. We have four children: Sabrina, Samantha, Angelina, and Jonathan. Sabrina and Samantha both have asthma. Somehow our son has escaped all illnesses so far. Angelina first started showing signs of atopic dermatitis when she was a year and a half old. It began as […]

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Tom talks about dealing with an adult diagnosis of AD So far as I know, I didn’t have eczema until September 1988, when I turned 54 years old. I had no history of hay fever or skin conditions or asthma. My wife Carolyn and I were on a short holiday to Santa Fe, New Mexico. […]

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For Carolyn Reese, eczema is a family affair Our eczema journey began more than 22 years ago. Living with eczema has not always been easy. A person with eczema doesn’t always realize the impact this disease has on a partner because the patient’s energy is spent dealing with eczema. My husband Tom often has eczema on […]

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I know that most readers will know that eczema is a rough, red patch of itchy skin, but do you know that eczema can cover your whole body? Do you know those tiny babies who have eczema sometimes scratch until they bleed? Do you know that many adults get eczema on their hands, causing cracking […]

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NEA Board Member Lisa Choy reminds us to listen Looking back at my 40-plus years of living with eczema, I have learned that my attitude toward my eczema has profoundly affected how my eczema responded to treatment. It explains, at least in part, why my eczema has progressed and often gotten worse over time, and […]

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We talk to two of our community members to get the lowdown on patch testing and contact dermatitis Robert Robert, aged 57, noticed an unusual rash on his face. For nearly a year, he was treated with topical corticosteroids, which decreased the inflammation but didn’t address the root cause. His dermatologist recommended Robert get a […]

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Kendall Melvin rises above It is said that if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger. My severe eczema has not killed me, but every day it tries to ruin my life. Physically, eczema is exhausting with the equivalent of 1,000 itchy, throbbing paper cuts on my body. Since birth, my disease has been […]

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One Mom’s tips for laundry day When my son was first diagnosed with eczema, laundry was the furthest thing from my mind. We went through countless tests, dietary changes, shopping for the best creams, sleepless nights, etc., etc. I didn’t realize until much later that our laundry detergent, even though it was “natural,” was irritating […]

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How an ancient treatment helped little Elina Tell us about your daughter Elina and her experience with eczema. Elina’s eczema began when she was 2 months old. By the time she was 4, her itching intensified to the point that she would wake up every single night scratching and was unable to go back to sleep. […]

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