There are still too many misconceptions floating around about eczema.
October is National Eczema Awareness Month (EAM), and the National Eczema Association thinks it’s time to “be real” with the rest of society about what it’s like to have this disease.
Each week, we’ll explore the realities of eczema with the common goals of raising awareness and changing the social stigma of this common-yet-isolating disease.
Are you in? Then, get ready to put that hashtag key to good use because we are about to drop some truth bombs!
Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come in the weeks ahead:
- Week 1 (Oct. 1–6) #TheRealTruthofEczema
- Week 2 (Oct. 7–13) #TheRealCostsofEczema
- Week 3 (Oct. 14–20) #TheRealHeroesofEczema
- Week 4 (Oct. 21–27) #TheRealFeelsofEczema
- Week 5 (Oct. 28–31) #TheRealLifeofEczema
Itching to get involved during EAM2019?
We feel you! Here are five options to start with.
- Share your journey on social media with photos, videos and words. Use the hashtags #eczemamonth #EAM2019 #unhideECZEMA #therealeczema on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Always be sure to tag @nationaleczema.
- Register for the Oct. 16 “The Cure” webinar with eczema eczpert Peter Lio, MD.
- Share #TheRealEczema by responding to our weekly social media questions.
- Start or support an Itching for a Cure fundraising campaign.
- Make a donation to NEA.
For more information on ways to get involved, visit our EAM 2019 page.
Did you know?
The very first Eczema Awareness Month kicked off in October, 2004.
Over the past 15 years, EAM has evolved from a modest grassroots campaign into a rallying cry for the entire eczema community.
In September 2017, NEA launched its advocacy program, Raise Your Voice! We asked members of our community to request their representatives sponsor a resolution declaring October as Eczema Awareness Month. Thanks to their commitment, resolutions have successfully been passed in Louisiana, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Click here to learn more about advocating on behalf of the eczema community or declaring October EAM in your state.