After having eczema as an infant, it had disappeared for many years until a short cold virus during my second year of university seemed to spring it back into life. It started with a few patches of discoid eczema on my arms, which was treated with mid potency steroid creams. The eczema started to spread quite rapidly, and I suffered from worsening eczema, infections, several bouts of scalded skin syndrome and one week in hospital suffering from a sever e skin reaction and organ failure that the doctors were unable to diagnose the cause of.
My skin would go through periods of good and bad, and was monitored by my GP’s, who would keep me supplied with the suitable steroid creams and moisturisers on repeat prescription. This continued for many years. Slowly the eczema worsened -it spread to my neck and face, I could not go more than a couple of days without needing to apply more steroid cream. I had to have emollient baths every night, and slather myself in emollient creams twice a day at least. Eventually, the emollient stopped working, and I had to swap to something oilier. The steroid creams became useless, and I changed to a high potency ointment. Still the eczema got worse. Now it burned – especially on my face – to the point where I could not stand any heating near me, and centrally heated rooms, cars and shops were unbearable.
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