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21Feb

Hi All,

I hope all is well and everyone is recovering from the busy festive fun. I would like to give a quick update on my medication which was prescribed by my dermatologist. Well, I really struggled with the steroids they made me feel short of breath and uncomfortable. My GP was concerned and sent me to A&E for a check up as blood clots are not totally uncommon when taking steroids she said. A&E confirmed everything was fine with a scan of my chest. The creams I was given have worked well, the antibiotic cream ( which all skin condition sufferes are often prescribed, nothing new!) with some diprobase cream. I was told to use the diprobase cream three times a day and it honestly has worked well. Iv now finished the course of all meds and my skin is a lot better. It still gets itchy but it doesn’t seem to get to the point of my skin breaking. 

The dermatologist said the effects of the meds should last about a year. I believe that nothing will cure my skin but I certainly needed help! Which I got and I can’t complain, my skin is a lot better. I just wished I was referred to a dermatologist years ago. Please! For those suffering with skin conditions  insist on a dermatology referral, it’s really helped me. GPs do not always have the answers, dermatologists are trained skin professionals that are equipped to advise us and give 1:1 support according to the individuals needs.

Moving forward, my local council have agreed the community group I founded called MySkin Society. The organisation is underdevelopment and I am seeking fellow skin condition sufferes to join the team. I look forward to seeing how this develops and how it will help people. My main aim is to build a bridge between the patient and GP as I feel people with skin conditions are not totally understood.

Thank you for reading my blog, and please watch out for my next post! X

 

  

Rebecca Jaffri

My name is Rebecca and I have two daughters and I live in London. I am a World Vision Charity Ambassador and a volunteer at a local women’s charity. I worked for the NHS for nearly 10 years but decided to dedicate more time with my family to look after my children. I have had eczema since I was a child. With eczema I have faced many physical as well as mental difficulties. Having children has brought great new challenges with my eczema and every day can be a struggle. I’m passionate about raising awareness of life with eczema and looking forward to working within my community to share knowledge about skin health.

2 Responses to Eczema- Medication update

  1. Thanks for your blog Rebecca, good luck with the community group we are sure there will be many supporters wanting to get involved. Thank you also for highlighting the point of getting the dermatologist referral, it’s important that everyone gets the right level of care.

    Kind regards
    talkhealth

  2. Annie

    Hi Rebecca, Thank you for sharing about your journey and struggle with eczema. I was so glad that you emphasised the input of a dermatologist.
    My daughter-who is 26 years old- has also had eczema from childhood. About 3 months ago her eczema became very bad again. Bad as it got when she was at her lowest as a child…& despite asking to be referred to dermatologist , she was told that this was not necessary. As her skin just continued to cause trouble – thankfully the more recent GP took another view on the matter and referral has been made . Obviously there is a 12 week waiting period. One can hope that it could be sooner…
    It is people like you ,Rebecca, who are willing to share about your struggle and experience that hopefully will make a difference in the NHS’s approach to eczema . Maybe some areas of the U.K. have better services, shorter waiting times…but as I have also worked 25 years for the NHS – I have observed more change that has translated into reduced availabity of services.

    Thank you Rebecca and my hope is that your eczema is not affecting you negatively!

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