I recently posted that the eczema ( yes, I have decided to accept the common spelling…) that had been affecting me was under control, and I was hoping that this would be the end of it. I am sorry to report that it has returned, and with a vengeance. It is now covering most of my back, and is creeping around the sides too. Luckily, I have Julie to help, so she is able to plaster the creams and ointments on it for me, sadly, to no avail. I am only able to manage temporary relief, and as soon as I get warm, or try to sleep in bed, under the duvet, it flares up once again. It consumes your every waking moment, as all you can think about is the itching.
I have done all I was asked to do by the doctor. I have bathed in the greasy emollient cream, taken the anti-allergy tablets, and slathered on the steroid ointments. All of my clothing and bedding has been re-washed, in specially purchased non-allergenic products. I have foregone use of deodorant, and any products containing aromas, or scents. Despite this, it has not only come back, it has got worse. I feel like a commander who thought that they had defeated an enemy, only to find them stronger, and attacking from another direction.
I am now at the stage where I have to consider other areas to try. Could it be the dry atmosphere, with all the cold outside, and heating on constantly? Perhaps I need to invest in a humidifier, and try to moisturise the air, as the same action with my skin does not seem to be helping. Contact with clothing exacerbates the problem, but I can hardly go around without clothes. My diet has not changed, and nothing new can be identified as a probable cause. So what next? More trips to the doctor, additional creams and tablets, eventual referral to dermatologists at the hospital. This seems to be the outlook for me.
So, why I am bothering the blogging world, with unpleasant details of my skin irritations, and frustrations with itching?
There are literally tens of millions of you out there. I know that only a tiny percentage read my blog, but as with the Lottery, you never know when your luck will change, and someone will randomly happen across this post. Like a message in a bottle, thrown into the ocean, it may find someone with a solution. You may be the person that has discovered a surefire remedy for this irritating red and itchy rash that plagues me. Perhaps you suffered also, and earlier than me, so have had more time to discover a cure. It may be a particular brand, in which case, I hope that it is available in the UK. Or it might be something natural, possibly herbal, and easily purchased.
Whatever it is, please let me know.