Let’s Make It Clear – It’s Not “Just Eczema”
If you have atopic dermatitis also known as atopic eczema, it can feel like no one quite understands what you’re going through. Often people think of atopic eczema as just a skin condition, but it is much more than skin symptoms. Atopic eczema requires daily attention and care. All the energy and time put forth to preventing a flare can feel like a full-time job. While skin symptoms can be frustrating and embarrassing, there can be other non-visual symptoms like pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression that make the condition more complicated than just itchy and red skin.
The diagnosis journey
While atopic dermatitis is thought to be a disease that affects primarily children, there are individuals who don’t have any symptoms until they are an adult. Atopic eczema sometimes may be misdiagnosed, which can leave a patient not getting the proper treatment they need. People can also have more than one type of eczema or dermatitis, which can make treatment more complex. Common complications in addition to atopic dermatitis include allergic contact dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis.
Another day, another eczema flare
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that currently has no cure and can be a difficult and challenging condition to live with on a daily basis. Most people cycle through periods of flare-ups and remission. For some people, flares may occur frequently and have longer durations, which can have an impact on the quality of one’s life.
Emotional toll and burden
Atopic dermatitis is an unpredictable condition to live with. While there are moments when people experience remission (when symptoms get better or the person is free of symptoms) there are also times when AD flares (when symptoms are worse) and it can often be challenging to determine what caused the flare to occur.
The unpredictable nature of eczema
Trial and error with treatment
From over-the-counter products to home remedies and prescription medications, there are so many ways to try and manage the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Since atopic dermatitis affects each person so uniquely the process of finding what helps ease symptoms like itching, burning, red rash and dry skin can take time and may take a lot of trial and error.
The financial burden
Atopic dermatitis can have a financial toll, from doctor’s visits to prescriptions to over-the-counter flare care items and don’t even get us started on moisturizers– this all adds up. The costs are not just medical. There are costs associated with home treatment of the condition and time away from work for those who either have or take care of someone with AD.
The Atopic Dermatitis in America 2018 survey was conducted online from April through July of 2018, 404 people completed the survey.
Want to share your experiences with eczema? Find out where you fit this year in the Atopic Dermatitis in America 2019 survey.