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I am a life long sufferer of eczema but over the past 18 months my skin deteriorated to the point where sleep, work, dressing etc became unmanageable. When I finally saw a dermatologist in an NHS hospital I was signed off for 3 weeks and given a new course of treatment. I'm writing about this because in the space of 4 months my skin is the best it has EVER been.
The consultant insisted on continuing me on steroids, though I was sceptical about their benefits after so long. The trick was that time off work. Using the steroid and allowing it to just work without pulling on clothes and rushing about itching all day. After two weeks of this I had no new gashes from scratching and so my skin could start to heal. I was also prescribed phototherapy which lasts three months. This is a slow process and takes a while to work but really pays off. The act of going for treatment regularly makes you feel more empowered- you are doing something concrete about it- and gives regular access to clinicians if you need it. The therapy itself has improved my skin so much that on my recent holiday I was able to swim in the sea and then sit on the beach and sunbathe! No rashes, no tight itchy skin, no flaking.
If you can get this treatment, I highly recommend it.
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