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Living with Eczema

Living with Eczema
Writer, 15

We all know that guys and girls like to have clear skin, and I'm not talking about acne on your face. I'm talking about the skin on your arms, legs, back, neck, and everywhere else.

I'm 15 now, and I've had a skin problem since I was 4 years old. It is called eczema. It is horrible, and I hope no one will ever have to go through it. It is red, scaly, and it takes over your whole body. I have it every day and sometimes it is so bad that it makes me cry. It itches all the time, and it bleeds, and sometimes I can't sleep because the pain is so bad. My skin has become something that I am not proud of.

This story happened at the beginning of September 1999. I had just started ninth grade, and I was in high school. I was so excited because I was going to make new friends and see all of my old friends. I was so excited . . . until the night before school started. I started itching terribly and I woke up the next morning with eczema all over my body. I mean EVERYWHERE. It was on my back, my legs, the backs of my knees, my arms, face, neck, hands, feet, and my private parts. I was so terrified that I didn't even tell my mom how bad it was because, for some reason, I thought she would be mad at me for itching it so much.

So I kept it to myself for three weeks. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. It was hot and I couldn't stand wearing a coat over my skin during school. I sweated and it made the rash even worse. That night I told my mom about it, and she took one look at it and rushed me to the doctor. The next day, I went to the doctor and I even had a fever! That's how sick I was. The doctor said that she had never seen a case that bad, only on a baby. The doctor checked my whole body, gave me three medications, and said that the rash on my neck was raw and full of pus. They said that I was allergic to something that I used on my body and that's what made me break out.

The rash finally went away in five days. That was an experience I'll never forget. To have to go through all of that pain, itching, and bleeding is something I hope NO ONE will have to go through.

Take care of your skin and be happy that you don't have to hide it every day all the time. For those of you who don't have a problem like mine, or even close to it, please be thankful that you don't have to go through this EVERY DAY. Although I'm not proud of my skin, my friends and family are very supportive of me and I'm happy about that.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please take care of yourself.

Last Modified Date: 3/30/2001