Tagged: dermatology

An interview with Dr Andrew Thompson: Support for dermatology patients

11Oct

Back in July, talkhealth published an article which highlighted the need for psychological support which dermatology patients are severely lacking. The article was inspired by the team of experts from the Severe Eczema and Psoriasis Team at St. John’s Institute … Continue reading

  

Rosacea – by Dr Anton Alexandroff

12Apr

Dr Anton Alexandroff is a Consultant Dermatologist

Rosacea is a common although under recognized inflammatory condition of the face – it affects one in ten people in the UK. Patients suffering from rosacea experience recurrent temporary or persistent redness of the face and/or spots on the centre … Continue reading

  

Eczema: Finally some true respite!

20Jan

Wrist before using Dr Aron cream Nov 2014

Since November 2014 we’ve had an amazing breakthrough with MyItchyBoy’s eczema. MyItchyBoy has had eczema for over five years. Not just a little bit, but the kind of eczema that takes over the life of the whole family. The hospital … Continue reading

  

Will my son make a great pharmacist one day?

18Apr

MyItchyBoy’s arms and legs are itchy and sore and it seems nothing we are doing is helping. Our last appointment with the dermatologist, lots of scary-sounding solutions were brought up.  Since then, he’s been on a two month course of steroids.  … Continue reading

  

How quick is your morning routine?

11Nov

School t-shirt

Do you know how quickly 4 year olds can get dressed? Did you know they can get dressed by themselves? This wa s all a bit of a revelation for me last week.  We stayed with friends who have a … Continue reading

  

Painting Over The Walls To Hide The Cracks

5Oct

Shane used a brilliant phrase in his post last month entitled “What If Everything You Thought You Knew Was A Lie?” describing how Doctors tend to paint over the cracks rather than fixing the problem to get to the root of the … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis and me

6Sep

So I haven’t written on this blog for a while and to be honest it’s because my psoriasis has been surprisingly calm for the last few months. Last time I wrote about how I was looking for different ways to … Continue reading

  

Huge improvement for MyItchyBoy

16Jul

MyItchyBoy's bad eczema

MyItchyBoy’s arm last week This morning, putting cream on MyItchyBoy, I felt very emotional.  Why?  Well, this morning, about 80% of his skin feels weird.  Yes, weird.  Perhaps not to a parent whose child has never suffered with eczema, but … Continue reading

  

My Super, Super Itchy Boy

28Jun

We don’t usually get much sleep as it is but this last week or so has been harder than normal.  We have been struggling with MyItchyBoy’s itchy eczema a lot over the past few months as it is, but at … Continue reading

  

Hospitalised with Eczema Herpeticum

18Jun

Sorry I’ve been rather quiet recently. I actually spent last week hospitalised with a sudden and extremely dangerous bout of Eczema Herpeticum and Periorbital Cellulitis. For those not in the know, EH is when the herpes simplex virus occurs, but … Continue reading

  

Eczema friendly bedding: What I’ve learned so far

31May

Cotton duvets seem to help itching

For a child with eczema, like MyItchyBoy, having the right bedding is key to a good night’s sleep.  Tiredness makes an already itchy child more itchy and tired, grumpy parents will find coping with the daily trials of eczema harder … Continue reading

  

Eczema: the impact on family life

23May

New pyjamas

  MyItchyBoy has suffered atopic eczema since he was a few months old.  His wrists are almost always dry and itchy but eczema on the rest of his body depends on so many other things.  He has food allergies and … Continue reading

  

Help me! What is he allergic to???

26Mar

Right, a few weeks back I got a call from MyItchyBoy’s nursery.  I was told that he had a red eye, that it possibly looked a bit swollen.  They were concerned enough to call, weren’t sure what had happened.  They … Continue reading

  

Solving the Sleep Issue

26Mar

Bedtime

For a while now, MyItchyBoy has had trouble sleeping. That is to say, he has no trouble sleeping when he’s asleep and is settling as well as can be expected from a procrastinating genius that all 4 year olds are. … Continue reading

  

Adult Atopic Eczema

24Mar

As an adult sufferer of severe chronic eczema it’s often hard to feel accepted and to know that other people are suffering the exact same thing due to the fact that most people’s view of eczema is only from knowing … Continue reading

  

I’ll take the high road; you take the low road.

2Jan

My psoriasis has so far, this winter, stayed in remission and for that I am very grateful. But I have found myself thinking back to the times its been bad and reactions people have had to it. Aside from the … Continue reading

  

It’s Time to Advocate for Eczema

10Dec

This has been adapted from an early draft of a speech I wrote for the Eczema Society of Canada’s Patient Education event in Toronto in November 2012. I ended up giving a different talk, but still felt attached to this … Continue reading

  

Chelsea Physic Garden

4Dec

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the … Continue reading

  

No Light, No Light

3Oct

For anyone who’s been reading this blog frequently you’ll notice I like putting in references to pop songs or books I’ve been enjoying. Yesterday evening I was on my commute home listening to Florence and the Machine’s latest album (no … Continue reading

  

The Patient Patient

26Sep

Last time I wrote on this blog I was in the middle of one of the worst flare ups I’ve had in a decade. I explained that it was largely due to stress and my despair at being unable to … Continue reading

  

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