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Things I Did Because of my Atopic Dermatitis

Things I Did Because of my Atopic Dermatitis

It took a while for me to actually be diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, and in all of those years, not really knowing what it was and struggling and scratching and picking and bleeding endlessly, I realize now all that I did because of it.

The Bed Setup

When I was still in high school, in my family’s house, we all had white sheets. The good: they could be bleached. The bad: I saw how much I was scratching, and bleeding. I was usually at other friends’ houses, but I’m sure if people would have been coming to mine I would have made sure the covers were always over it all. And maybe would have rallied for some other color. College was a different story. I went dark grey, dark beige, dark blue – I wanted it invisible. (I wasn’t about to bleach anything in college either, let’s be real.) I’ve stayed with dark bedding because I just like the colors, but not much gets on them these days, since I’m taking steps to manage it.

Pajamas

Similarly, in the early days, I chose dark colored shorts and t-shirts to wear to bed. They all had blood stains, but then they weren’t really visible.

Shorts

At some point, I stopped wearing shorts. To be honest, I never loved shorts for anything but exercise, but I’m sure subconsciously when I really stopped wearing them had to do with my atopic spreading to my legs. My legs are fine now but I still don’t like them, and I still don’t wear them often. I remember once going to the beach and putting a giant gauze pad band-aid thing on the back crease of my leg. My atopic dermatitis was bad there at that point, and in addition to not wanting sweat to drip in I didn’t really want people to see it.

Cover-up

I used to use this Bobbi Brown touch-up stick on my face. I was going to prom my Junior year with my Senior friend and his friends and I freaked out looking in the mirror and seeing how much the red on my arms stood out (I hardly ever wore white). I used the stick on my arms, and brought it with me. It definitely hurt and stung when it got in there (especially the more open spots) and didn’t even cover it up to well, but I tried.

Lotion

I had to get used to lotion. I hated lotion.

Using it

There were a few times when I was younger that my friends and I thought that a good way to obnoxiously push to the front of concerts was to pretend it was a contagious rash. They’d say something like, “Hey, did your doctor say the rash is still contagious?” And I’d say something like, “Yeah, but it’s just so hot I can’t cover up all my arms right now!” It didn’t really work but we thought it was hysterical. Use what you’ve got, right?

Adjusted Positioning

Sometimes I’d sit covering part of my face with my hand – it made it worse from the contact but at least no one was seeing it then. Or I’d cross my arms if inside didn’t look too great. It wasn’t like people were mentioning it or looking at it, but it made me uncomfortable at that point for it to be so there, so figured out ways to hide it. I’ve since joined more of the “get used to it” point of view.

What have you done because of your atopic dermatitis? Share your story with the community.

Comments

  • rosanna
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks for your email Sarah. I did check out the article you mentioned and it seems I may have both Psoriasis and AD. It really means that the pure Celery Juice is working for both, just as Anthony Williams promised that 16 ozs of pure celery juice will clear any skin conditions and many other things.

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    1 week ago

    @rosanna, I’m glad you found the article helpful. It could be helpful to ask your doctor at the next visit if it’s possible that you have both psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. It’s important to remember that individuals will respond differently to dietary adjustments such as celery juice. I hope it helps your skin! Let us know how it’s going. -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • rosanna
    3 weeks ago

    I developed a skin condition just a few months ago which was diagnosed as ‘Psoriasis’ and actually looks a lot like Eczema and since then I have been drinking a minimum of 16 ozs of pure celery juice every morning (with few exceptions) and the condition is clearing up. I will keep taking celery juice until it fully disappears.
    I recommend Anthony Williams’s book ‘Liver Rescue’ which explains so much.
    Please check out Anthony Williams on Utube or on his website ‘Medical Medium’

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @rosanna, you might be interested in this article about the differences in eczema and psoriasis (https://atopicdermatitis.net/clinical/difference-between-atopic-dermatitis-and-psoriasis/). We also do have a sister community, PlaquePsoriasis.com that you can check out! Thanks for sharing about what you have been trying with the community! Best of luck with your treatment journey. -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • bzmomwith5
    4 weeks ago

    What didn’t I do? Long sleeves and pants all year! Rough fabric was the enemy. Behind the knees would get so bad and scabby I couldn’t even bend my knees to walk properly. I was never brave enough to use the rash to gain am advantage though I wish I was. I was one of those that ended up in tears because of other kids. But honestly I am who I am because of that. At least one person out there who does not judge someone else and has empathy for another individual.

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @bzmomwith5, wearing long clothing all year can get rough when the temperatures start to rise. I know that there are so many others here who can relate to that struggle. It sounds like you were a brave and strong child growing up. I’m sure it has made you into an amazing person today. Having empathy is so important, I love that you aren’t judging others by their appearance. The world needs more of that. -Sarah (AtopicDermaitis.net Team Member)

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