Eczema is a very common skin disorder affecting children and adults. It affects 20% of children in the UK at some point in life, and 1 in 10 adults suffer from atopic dermatitis. Eczema is characterised by dry, scaly skin and mild to severe itching. It can be made worse by Western culture, rising pollution, and increasing stress levels.
COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019), and is classified as a respiratory illness caused by virus strain SARS-COV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), and as of yet, there is no vaccine. As of writing, there have been over 36 million reported cases and 1 million deaths globally (you can keep up to date with the current figures here).
Stress is a risk factor of eczema
COVID-19 has impacted our lifestyles. With people staying at home, our diet, health, fitness levels, mental state, and what we are exposed to in our environments daily have changed. For some people, stress levels have increased – due to changes in employment, worry over the virus, and uncertainty of the future – which is a risk factor of eczema.
Eczema is a skin condition that affects many people across the globe. I myself am a long time sufferer and while it’s improved as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that it’s one of those things that doesn’t necessarily go away even with treatment.
There is no cure for eczema and finding one is difficult due to its varying nature.
I have always been interested in the medical developments of widespread conditions like eczema, particularly because it mostly affects children and also because of it’s potential to flare up later in life.
In terms of financial costs, eczema can be fairly expensive to manage. It’s hard to find products tailored to sensitive skin within an affordable price bracket. Often creams and moisturisers aimed at individuals with eczema are marked up compared to general products. Right now, my go to moisturiser is Aveeno Skin Relief Lotion and at £7 a pop, it all adds up, particularly because I have to moisturise twice a day. However, not everybody would be able to pay that price for a daily moisturiser.
That’s not even taking into account the fact that some of these lotions and creams become unusable if they cause a negative reaction and/or have no effect at all. If I buy a moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling dry, I can’t continue using it nor can I return it. This leads to a fair amount of waste – of product and money. Continue reading “The Real Cost of Eczema”→