This week I was hoping to write a little review of some activewear I purchased recently, but then I remembered that when it comes to writing reviews I always run out of things to say.
Some may find this ridiculous and suggest that maybe I don’t do reviews if I have nothing to say. That’s just not how I work though. I like to tell a story. Whether that’s how I incorporate new campaigns into my own life, goals and achievements like with the 361 campaign, or trialling new workout supplements and shakes whilst working towards my own fitness goals.
So rather then including a 300 word post about how I love the new range from ASOS, I thought I’d use the images to tell the story as well as ranting on about my skin and the state of it at the minute. Although it’s definitely not stopping me from working on new things. it may be affecting my sleep a little though.
I’ll apologise now but this turned into a mammoth blog post so good luck, grab a brew and enjoy my itchy misery.
I’ve had eczema for a long time now. Since the birth of my first born, she’s a whopping ten years old now. Strangely enough this was one of the reasons I first started blogging back in 2013. It was a release, somewhere I could moan about being itchy 24/7 without doing my family and friends head in complaining.
At present, I’m going through a fairly big flare up. For the past eight weeks or so it’s been getting progressively worse and now I’m at the point where my lovely GP is going to refer me to a specialist. A dermatologist. So I thought I’d share my thoughts, what I’ve tried so far, how I’m coping and why I’m addicted to the new 4505 workout range from ASOS and it’s not for the reasons you may think.
Eczema is a sometimes painful skin condition that causes itchiness, inflammation, sores, weeping and severely dry skin. My skin tends to resemble a scaly mess and I’m literally shedding dead dry skin whenever I move. I’ve got sores on my back and legs that I tear every night when I’m asleep and it hurts to sit down as I’ve shredded my bum cheeks through the severe itch.
It’s really not a pleasant image is it. The thing is, I seem to get it from head to toe and when I have to take pain killers just to be able to move without my skin hurting, you know it’s getting serious.
Treatments so far and how they’ve helped.
I’ve had successful treatment methods in the past when I’ve suffered a bad flare up but this time it seems to be really stubborn. All the usual tricks haven’t worked and for the past eight weeks life has been getting more and more difficult by the hour.
I’m on the strongest antihistamines you can get from the GP and even they aren’t taking the edge of the itch. It’s like a living hell of not being able to escape your own body.
So far I’ve been given hundreds of pounds worth of prescriptions, nobody tells you that one day your body will fight against you and wrestle with your bank balance too. Nightmare.
At the first visit to the GP my skin was already quite bad, it’s amazing how fast the skin condition can rear it’s head. I went from no issues to severe issues over forty eight hours.
I had a chat with the doctor and was prescribed the following:
- Fexofenadine hydro-chloride (antihistamines) 120mg to be taken once daily.
- Oilatum shower gel to be used daily.
- Zero AQS cream for applying as many times as needed throughout the day.
- Hydrocortisone (steroid cream) to be used thinly once a day.
- Epaderm Ointment for applying twice daily.
Now this is a great way to kick start recovery in most cases. The antihistamines have worked for me in the past. I love the Epaderm ointment for relief although I tend to wait until bed to apply it as it’s far too thick to use throughout the day. That’s what the Zero AQS is for and I have to admit I actually love this, it’s non greasy, re-hydrates and helps with the itch for a short period of time.
However, after an initial couple of days of relief, my skin decided that it just wasn’t going to play ball and flared up again, this time even worse. I gave it a steady two weeks before I admitted defeat and returned to my GP.
The second visit was more of the same. Being poked and prodded and inspected to see how bad it was, where it was and how i was coping. Nothing changed in terms of creams and lotions but I was given a stronger steroid.
Eumovate ointment that was to be used once a day and upped to twice a day if needed and it still wasn’t making any difference. During this time I also had to start taking some stronger painkillers as my skin was so dry, it hurt to move. You can get this steroid as a cream but I just prefer ointment.
So away I went and started on a two week treatment plan to see if this time the stronger steroids and existing treatments would help clear up this skin problem finally.
Fast forward to today, and here I am my skin is legit on fire and I have some good old pain killers circulating my system to make life a little easier. I’ve been on the phone to the GP once again and been given some more steroids, the same strength as last time with the addition of a course of anti-biotics to take for a week too.
She doesn’t think it’ll make a difference but it’s worth a shot before resorting to specialist help and being referred to the dermatologist.
So what do I expect from a specialist?
To be quite honest, I have literally no idea what to expect. I’ve heard a lot of people say certain things work for them, I should try this, or my friend had to have this. Quite frankly, it’s annoying. I’ve tried a lot of things too, do you think I’ve just sat there and watched it get worse without trying to stop it? Hmm.
I’ve heard that the skin specialists and dermatologists can offer steroid treatments in tablet form, they can put me through some sort of light treatment, similar to a sunbed I believe, just more intense and for short periods.
After a little research I’ve found a few things that I think I’d like to at least give a go should I need to to cure this horrific condition. Apparently specialists are the go to for more severe or complex eczema issues. They help treat and manage the symptoms with a range of different methods that aren’t necessarily available or thought about by your local GP.
There are so many things to consider when it comes to your skin issues and attempting to work out what is actually causing it, a few of these are listed below:
- When did it start?
- How long have you had it?
- Where do you get eczema?
- How bad is the itch?
- Family history?
- What is your occupation?
- Do you have any hobbies?
- What clothing fabrics do you wear?
- Have you got a skincare routine/what products do you use?
- How does the eczema affect your daily life?
- What medication are you taking?
- What treatments have you tried already?
- Do you have any known allergies?
- What is your diet like?
It’s important to sit down and work all this out before attending an appointment with a specialist. For me, I’ve suffered with eczema for 10+ years now, mostly it’s manageable but occasionally it flares up severely like now and I need more help. I’m covered from head to toe, the itch is unbearable, I work from home now so I know it’s not stress or job related, my brother suffered with childhood eczema but that’s it. Hobbies include being outdoors, running and playing computer games so nothing too crazy.
I’ve always been careful with fabrics where I can, when my eczema starts to appear I always try to opt for cotton clothing, loose comfortable clothes with plenty of give in them. Nothing tight or unusual fabrics that are going to make the itch worse.
It also has awful affects. I don’t sleep, I hack my own skin off in my sleep and wake up covered in sores, blood and pain. Even getting in the bath or shower is extremely painful and I quite often cry a little when I think about it.
I’ve tried so, so many different treatments as you have read above and in the past and I’m losing the will to leave the house some days as it is so painful to move.
I have had a few people mention my diet. I know I have a bit of a sweet tooth but I’ve had that since I was around 14. I think this is something that I want to discuss with a specialist in detail as if they suggest making changes and it works. That would be marvellous.
So what’s next for me?
Fingers crossed these antibiotics work their magic. If not, I’ll be off to get my dermatologist referral for my eczema and I’ll be able to start putting some new posts together to document my experience. Mostly so that if you are at the end of your tether with your skin condition, you’ll have comfort knowing you definitely aren’t alone. Plus, maybe we can share a few tips and ways that we cope with our little problem.
I’d love to be able to get rid of it ASAP but from experience it isn’t always that simple. I know things could be worse though right? Do you have eczema? Where are you at with the skin condition? I’m genuinely interested with your journey so far.
P.s you can get these ASOS 4505 workout pants for £9.50 NOW and shop the whole range here, I live in these ones as they are super comfy, not too heavy and the material doesn’t irritate the skin on my legs. Plus they look amazing with workout gear or just a plain white tee and I can pop on my rose gold sliders to look pretty street stylish. Ha kidding, I just love them though.
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