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Eczema and Its Impact on Quality of Life

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Eczema can have a significant impact on various aspects of a person's life, affecting physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. Having a skin condition like eczema can influence how you perceive yourself, interact with others, and navigate the world around you. It is not just a matter of physical discomfort or inconvenience as it can also affect your emotional, social and personal wellbeing. Eczema is more common among women compared to men, as they are more likely to work in professions that involve frequent use of water, such as hairdressing, catering, cleaning, and other care and service careers1.

Experiencing Physical Discomfort

Young woman scratching arm from having itching on white background. Cause of itchy skin include insect bites, dermatitis, food/drugs allergies or dry skin. Health care concept. Close up.

The symptoms of eczema, including itching, redness, dryness, and inflammation, can cause significant physical discomfort, irritation, and pain. These symptoms will affect your daily life, as they can disrupt your sleep patterns, leading to difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, and overall poor sleep quality. Additionally, they will also affect your performance in daily activities, including school, sports activities, work, and peer relationships.

When eczema flare-ups occur, the symptoms can also interfere with your daily activities and routines, making it difficult for you to perform tasks such as bathing, dressing, and applying skincare products. You may find yourself avoiding or limiting your participation in certain activities, especially those involving sweating, exposure to water, or contact with irritants, as they may exacerbate eczema symptoms2.

Affecting Your Emotional Well-Being

They feel insecure to come out of their house because of the visible skin condition.

Besides affecting your physical well-being, living with a chronic skin condition like eczema can also take a toll on your mental health and emotional well-being. With visible skin lesions, it may be distracting and challenging for you to focus on tasks or interact with others effectively. Additionally, if you suffer from eczema, you may also need to take time off for medical appointments or to manage flare-ups. These factors can lead to increased stress, anxiety, depression, social isolation, and feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment about your appearance.

Are there any treatments that can help reduce your eczema?

Moisturizer

Applying moisturizer.
  • Use thick, fragrance-free moisturizers to hydrate your skin, improve its barrier function, and reduce dryness and itching.
  • Moisturizers should be applied liberally and frequently, particularly after bathing or showering.
  • Skipping moisturizers can lead to increased dryness, flakiness, and roughness of the skin, worsening eczema symptoms.

Topical corticosteroids

Different steroid cream for eczema.
  • Commonly used to reduce inflammation and itching associated with eczema flare-ups.
  • The side effects of using steroids include skin thinning and discoloration, as well as experiencing skin irritation, burning, itching, or stinging at the site of application, and rebound flare-ups of eczema.
  • It is essential to use topical corticosteroids as directed by a healthcare provider and avoid long-term or excessive use to minimize the risk of side effects.4

Hydrogen Therapy

Benefits of Hydrogen therapy.
  • Non-Invasive and Safe Treatment for Eczema

If you are looking to avoid using steroids, you can consider other treatments such as hydrogen therapy. Hydrogen treatment doesn’t involve any invasive procedures or injections since the use of hydrogen to treat eczema is 100% natural, safe, and pain-free. Moreover, it will also help you feel calm and relaxed, which would also improve your mental well-being.

  • Anti inflammatory and Antioxidant properties

With its potential health benefits, hydrogen is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and works on a cellular level to reduce inflammation in your body. Additionally, it selectively eliminates toxic free radicals and helps control the level of oxidative stress. This is why consistent use of hydrogen therapy and hydrogen water every day might help you manage flare-ups and find comfort in performing your daily activities.

Discover the best solutions for your skin by exploring our hydrogen therapy and personalized treatment plans designed to address your specific eczema needs. Start your journey to healthier, more comfortable skin today!

  1. Eczema Can Affect Us All, but Some More Than Others ↩︎
  2. Eczema Physical and Emotional Effects | Rady Children's Hospital ↩︎
  3. Eczema: What It Is, Symptoms, Causes, Types & Treatment ↩︎
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