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Painful Eczema and Quality of Life

If you’ve never suffered from eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, you probably aren’t aware of the negative impact it can have on quality of life. The severe itching, redness and excessively dry skin all make life miserable for those who suffer from the allergic disease.

A published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) surveyed 602 adults with eczema. The study reports symptoms that caused the biggest burden were itch (54 percent) followed by excessive dryness or scaling (19 percent) and red or inflamed skin (7 percent). Skin pain and sleep disturbance were the next most burdensome symptoms.

The Atopic Dermatitis in America Study is an independent research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in partnership with the National Eczema Association. 

Has your painful eczema impacted your quality of life? What has it stopped you from doing?

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  • Melissa G

    My daughter Bekah has been negatively impacted by eczema. When she was younger, I had to keep her in 100% cotton clothes that were long sleeve and pants, even when it was warm outside or she would itch non-stop. As she has gotten older it isn't as bad unless it is extremely hot and she sweats, then she struggles.