COVID-19 may have kept us from seeing each other in person in Orlando, Florida, this summer, but that didn’t stop the eczema community from connecting online.
More than 600 people from around the world registered for Virtual Eczema Expo 2020, held July 24-26 from our laptops, tablets and smartphones. We learned, laughed, danced, cried and admired each other’s pets and home décor in what may have been NEA’s most memorable Expo yet!
The theme for this year’s Eczema Expo was “This is your world,” with the goal to create a safe space for eczema warriors to gather together as a community, connect with world-class ecz-perts, collect information on new treatments and flare management techniques and create lasting memories.
Attendees had access to many of the same resources as our in-person Expo but in a convenient digital format.
This included our Senior and Junior Warriors camps, where children and teens could make new friends and participate in fun activities, and our Virtual Exhibit Hall, where visitors could peruse samples and learn about companies and organizations for people with eczema.
And our legendary DJ’d dance party ecz-travaganza and Itch Factor talent show proved once and for all that our community is teeming with talent and killer dance moves.
Dermatologists, allergists and other eczema experts delivered fascinating presentations on topics such as managing itch and inflammation, new eczema treatments on the horizon, the impact of eczema on sleep, tracking contact and environmental allergens, and complementary and alternative therapies.
Our ecz-perts and skinfluencers were also on hand to answer questions in our “Ask Me Anything” chatrooms and led workshops, fitness classes, informative discussions and heartfelt support sessions for eczema warriors of all ages and their loved ones.
Video presentations — along with pre-recorded webinars such as “Flare 911” and “Eczema 101 en Español” and “My Journey” video blogs from skinfluencers — are available (to registrants only) in our “Expo on Demand” library of exclusive video content through the end of October at EczemaExpo2020.org. We’ll also roll out the Expo videos and webinars in coming months.
Thank you to everyone who joined and made it such a memorable event! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ll reunite in person next summer for Eczema Expo 2021 in … drumroll, please … Seattle, Washington!
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