This year’s National Eczema Week (17-25 September) will focus on the psychological impact of the condition on patients, their families and carers. While the physical impact of eczema is well documented, the emotional fallout can still often go under the radar, with many patients saying that nobody ever asks them how they feel in themselves, – only how their skin feels.
On top of the pain of inflamed skin and the tortuous itch, eczema also presents a unique set of challenges to how people think and feel. Given the highly visible nature of eczema, people’s comments and reactions to your skin – and how you perceive they treat you as a result – naturally have a huge impact on your self-esteem.
Many sufferers hide the emotional pain they feel from those around them as though it’s secondary to the physical discomfort they face.
Find out how you can help and find out what is happening during National Eczema Week by visiting the “Mind MY eczema” campaign by visiting the website.
The National Eczema Society aims to provide people with independent and practical advice about treating and managing eczema, and to raise awareness of the needs of those with eczema with healthcare professionals, teachers and the government.