Did you know? There are about 15,500 children in Scotland with severe eczema, a skin condition which can make your skin feel itchy and sore. This week on the Enquire blog, a young person with eczema tells their story and has a say on how schools could support young people facing this problem.
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“Living with eczema has always been hard and its not a thing that can be ignored because if left untreated it can spread all over your body and can be very painful and itchy. I have only ever known a life living with eczema. I was born with eczema on my necks my arms and at the back of my legs the eczema around my neck was the worst and it made it very painful for me to move my neck but eventually overtime this went away. I have never experienced a time when i didn’t have to put on my creams religiously. The tricky thing about eczema is that it’s not like having a cough where you can just get cough syrup and you’ll be fine in a couple of days, no. Eczema is very different for each individual some people have it more severe than others and others have it in worse places and this is why it is difficult for doctors to prescribe a certain cream or moisturiser because they all have different results on people.
“Eczema really affects me at school because I find myself distracted from my work because of the irritation of it and often find myself scratching which makes it worse. At my school there is not really much support because not many people are even aware of eczema and even if they do know about it they are naive of the severity of it, sometimes people even mistake eczema for a rash or just a skin irritation. I think in schools people should be more educated about things like eczema because its so common and most people have many misconceptions about it such as that ‘Eczema can be passed on just by being near someone who has got it’ and it is these sorts of things that make life difficult when you’ve got eczema. I was lucky enough to have friends that understood it and who knew that it was a skin condition and it was treatable. However other people may not be so lucky and find that people avoid them or feel uncomfortable around you maybe fearing that you might spread it on to them. This is the problem with a lot of conditions people are afraid of what they do not understand if they were educated about it they will find though its a serious skin condition it can be managed with the right support and discipline.”