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Living With Eczema: Raise Awareness By Telling Your Eczema Story


Around 16.5 million (7.3%) of adults in the U.S. have atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema. And 9.6 million U.S. children have eczema. Yet, many people don’t understand this skin condition. Many people mistakenly believe it is “just very dry skin,” or that it’s contagious or that it only affects babies. Many don’t realize its symptoms and effects go way beyond the surface of the skin.

Asthma, allergies and eczema are all allergic, or atopic, diseases. Many people with eczema also have asthma and allergies. This is why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) also supports people with eczema, as well as people with asthma and allergies.

As part of National Eczema Awareness Month, we want to build better public awareness about eczema. One way we can do that is to share your eczema stories.

Read some of our members’ stories and share yours in the comments below.

“I've have had my eczema worsen over time. It appears on my entire back. It now appears on my side. It has been making an unwelcome appearance on my left cheekbone area. I never touch that. I try to ignore it. No itching my face! It seems that the horrible itchiness on my back is underneath the skin. Itching it gives no relief.” – Deborah

“Eczema impacts my quality of life and overall life experience in ways you don’t think about every day. For example, one day I hope to be married and have that little symbol on my hand – that ring on my finger. I was thinking about this and realized I will never be able to wear a ring on that finger. My eczema gets so bad on my hands and gets between my fingers and itches and then it swells. It just the little things that you don’t think about that will affect you.” – Kylie

“My husband has had eczema his entire life. It’s been hard to see him so uncomfortable over the years. We’ve often cancelled weekend plans because his eczema has been so bad, or to prevent a flareup. He finally was able to work with his doctor to start a biologic medicine. It changed everything. He finally has some relief. Watching my husband deal with his severe eczema and seeing it becoming less responsive to treatment in the past couple of years, I would encourage anyone with eczema, especially severe eczema, to partner with your doctor to find solutions that work for you.” – Rene

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I am getting horrible eczema under my hands. So horrific that some days I can infrequently put my arms down. Normally whilst it’s extremely cold outside. I’ve searched for something to help with the flare-ups for years and not anything helps apart from a really expensive steroid cream the dr gave me. Until I found Foderma eczema treatment serum!! It actually soothes and clears a flare-up overnight. I couldn’t live without it

Lakia, thank you for sharing! I'm using your comment to start a new thread on our community so that you can get more eyes on your comment and maybe see how other people are working to improve their eczema.


Since childhood, I’ve suffered from Eczema. This skin allergy looks like a rash. Also each section of the skin itches. Medicine is the only way, to treat Eczema. This skin allergy appears on my, arms, thighs and legs. When it’s warm outside I wear, capris plus light jackets. To cover up my Eczema from others. 
As always very appreciative to share my story! Through the, AAFA, what would I do without this organization? I’m sure other patients strongly feel, this way! 

Lakia Shavon Lightner- Padgett 

Welcome to AAFA, Tyler! Thank you for sharing your story and encouragement! 

You can also share your story and journey in our Skin Conditions Support Forum.


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I’ve suffered from eczema, along with asthma for my entire life due to extreme prematurity. I’ve always found it to be quite a nuisance, but especially more so once I entered HighSchool. I mainly suffer with eczema on my arms and legs. 

It took going through so many different medications to find what didn’t burn my skin, or make it itch a thousand times worse, and as a young kid, that impulse control was non-existent to the point where my arms would be cracked with blood. 

Luckily, it’s gotten between over the years into adulthood. I would encourage anyone dealing with eczema to just find what works for you and come up with a stable treatment plan. Everyone is different, and has varying needs, but don’t let your condition control your life. #MyEczemaStory

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