Miyerkules, Mayo 29, 2013

Eczema Experience & 7 Remedies for Rash

Hello there!

This isn't about fashion, this blog post is  about my dreadful experience. Let me scratch that, dreadful is such an understatement to describe eczema. It's just everything in between disturbing, itchy and nasty. 

 I wrote this to express the catastrophe I've been through and I also want to give hope to all the eczema victims out there. Don't worry, I won't rant until the end of this post about how awful my journey had been. Instead, I will also share simple remedies on how you could overcome an itchy rash.  

If you type the word 'eczema' on Google, you'd find fifteen million results; experiences, definitions, cures and  a lot more facts about it. But the first link caught my attention,Wikipedia. Obviously, everything you'd want to know about a certain topic is included inside the contents of it, so I clicked it. 

The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.

That's how Wikipedia defined eczema but for me, they missed tons of information. They didn't describe how hard it was to sleep at night, how those red ugly scaly scabs ate one's self-esteem, how disgusting it felt and  many more were not mentioned.

 Wanna know about my story? Keep scrolling. 

These are different kinds of eczema ranging from mild to severe
 A year ago, I woke up every morning with lots of scratches all over my fragile body. Sometimes, I'd see blood stains in my cover sheets and pillows. Then I would curl up in my bed and cry as softly as I can so that no one would be awaken. I'd feel the stinging pain covering up my whole body as I walk down to the bathroom just to see how awful my skin has gone. Everyday, I'd discover new itchy wounds and my heart would rupture as I see my reflection in the mirror. I'd say to myself "Wow! This is what eczema has done to me."  

Whenever I go out, people would stare and judging from their looks, I could tell how disgusted they are. I bet they wouldn't even dare to hold my hand.  I wasn't proud of who I am. So I dropped my confidence to the ground.

I guess you're wondering how I got my atopic dermatitis or also known as eczema. It's a long story but fine, I'll discuss it then. Going back down memory lane, when I was born, I had blood infection already. At first I had asthma but it stopped when I turned 7. Instead, a new disease spotted me and substituted my asthma.
That's when eczema comes to the picture. 

As I recall my childhood, I remember having  those annoying rashes every summer only. I would describe it as every once in a blue moon but everything changed when the start of 2012 came.  It started with a little, puny rash but eventually it scattered all over. I had rashes even though it wasn't summer.It was sickening to look at and the feeling wasn't good either.
I wasn't able to wear those cute looking spring dresses or shorts. I had to wear a jacket to school, so that I could cover up those inflamed, dry rashes.

It worsen during the summer of 2012. It came to the point when I had to rift someone's heart into pieces. (Oh don't ask me about that anymore! That's another story which I will keep only to myself :P)
Well, life's full of heartbreaks and surprises.

Not only my confidence was broken but also my heart was experiencing a catastrophe by then. Luckily, I moved on from it but my skin was so dreadful to look at. That's when I took medications and drank anti-antibiotics. Luckily, after months of patience and enduring, my skin finally came back to it's smooth complexion.

Even though I have scars all over my legs and arms, I am still thankful that I experienced this tragedy. After all those crying and suffering, I felt proud that I was strong enough not to break down completely. I may have fallen into pieces at times but it didn't stop me to move forward in life.

7 Remedies for rash! 

I won't recommend any anti-antibiotics because you might be allergic to it or something. You might blame me if something bad will happen. I took strong medicines which scared me to death because the doctors warned me that it could possibly harm my kidney. Fortunately, everything went fine and nothing awful happened.  I don't want you to take risks like I did, that's why I'll just share these easy remedies.

1.) Use Cetaphil for your skin. 

Cetaphil is clinically designed for dry, sensitive skin. There's no harm in applying this to your skin. So there's no need for worries. On the other hand, if you have no allergies, rashes or whatsoever skin inflammation, you'll be happy to see more smoother results. It maybe kinda heavy for your budget but it's definitely worth every cent.

2.) Use baby shampoo 

I recommend using Johnson's no more tears formula. It smells so good already and it doesn't have much chemicals on it. That's why it won't harm your skin. Using shampoos with strong ingredients might cause you more rashes. If you haven't changed your shampoo yet, change it now! (only recommended for those who suffer skin ailments but if you still want to try it then go for it!) 

3.) Apply ice cubes on itchy area/s

If you're feeling that your rash/es is/are itching again, don't scratch it! It will just spread! Instead, apply some ice cubes on the affected area/s and it will magically soothe your feeling! :) 
Apply as much as you can until the itch-y feeling fades. Don't worry, it won't sting. 

4.) Apply oatmeal all over the body before taking a bath
Leave it for at least 30 minutes for better results. It maybe messy after but you'll feel relief. Plus, it will lessen the redness. 

5.) Drink lots of green tea and have a healthy diet! 

Any green tea would do!
You shouldn't only cleanse yourself on the outside but also on the inside. It boosts your immunity, has anti-ageing benefits, hydrates your skin and protects you from harmful UV rays. 
Taking a healthy diet like having lots of vegetable intake could benefit your skin. I know it's cliche and I said it again but it's true! Remember, your skin is the reflection of your health.

6.) Get at least 9 hours of sleep. 

It's commonly 8 hours of sleep but I think 9 hours is better! So get lots of rest! Don't stress yourself out! Relax and do everything to keep yourself calm at all times. 
You should do some yoga or anything that would make you feel at ease. You'll benefit from it.

7.)  You can go to the gym once in a while. 

I am aware that sweat could add to the itchiness of your rash but going to the gym once in every two weeks isn't bad at all (recommended for mild to moderate eczema only). When you perspire already, just get your towel then wipe those sweat away. Always have a water beside you. 
 It's also a good way to relax. Exercise is healthy for you! I also believe that it could get rid of the negative cells building up your system. 

That's what I did and it worked for me! :) 

P.S. : Once you experience a terrible rash, it is always best to consult your doctor and seek professional service. 

Another thing, I am not so sure if this will work with victims suffering severe eczema or severe skin inflammation because I only experienced moderate eczema. 

Thank you very much for reading! :)