I cried when I saw this video. It was me.
Lets start with my story.
I was born with eczema, mom has it (mild), grandpa has it (moderate) and I have it (severe). My first encounter with topical steroids was with my mother. Since she had it, she had some and (without knowing any better) put a tiny bit on me. Problem solved! Sorta. I was constantly prescribed steroid creams and ointments through my life. I used protopic as chapstick! My eczema was a constant problem growing up. The worst came in waves. I was in 1st grade, and it came on so strongly and differently that a hospital almost refused to let me in because they thought I was contagious.
|Lips and neck (5th Grade)|
In my sophomore year of high school I developed a staph infection on my elbow. When they put my on one of the strongest Topicals. It was a large factor in me falling behind in school, and eventually lead to me not being able to graduate.
Currently I have been using protopic and topical steriods to manage my my eczema several times a week. Since I was ready to take drastic measures I was willing to take immune-suppressants. My dermatologist prescribed antibiotics, the suppressant and gave me a kenalog shot in each arm. Right as I got back to work, about an hour after the shots I started to break out in hives EVERYWHERE. I was getting scared, because they were incredibly itchy and painful, it hurt to breathe. I decided to go back to the hospital and got into a screaming match about it with my assistant manager.
150mg azathioprine eventually started making me vomit, so I've been switched to cellcept. There are no improvements yet.
I've tried it all. Diets, elimination diets, special cure all creams, blah blah, blah....You know how it is at this point huh? But a few weeks ago I stumbled upon that video. I have a long journey ahead of me. I would do anything to end this long life problem. But I'm going to end this with a Here is a photo I took on September 8, 2013. One day after I stopped.