Meet my beautiful daughter, Nirvana. She is 8 years old. She has suffered with eczema (she calls them her 'itchies') since she was 2 years old. We have gone through so much trying to help her heal. It started off as a round little patch on her thigh- we thought it was a ring worm, and even the pharmacist thought it was ring worm. Naturally, we treated it with medication but it only got worse, and after many trials and errors we discovered it was eczema. She mainly gets it on her legs, but sometimes it attacks her arms and back as well. This year it went onto her face, but we managed to clear it up after a few weeks.
What is so hard with eczema, is that every person is different, and some treatments work for some but don't work for others. Our home kitchen looks like a pharmacy because we have so many different creams and anti-histamines. If one didn't work, we moved on tot he next.
|This is what Nirvana's legs looked like - itchy and painful. An 8 year old cannot control this nor resist the urge to scratch. She would keep my husband and I up all night.|
We later discovered that Nirvana was allergic to cortisone- she would break out in boils all over her legs where we used the cortisone. So that was out. (Which I don't see as a bad thing, but it was a quick healing solution).
Nights became increasingly difficult for my family. Nirvana would scratch and scratch until she would bleed. My husband and I take turns sleeping with her so that we can try control the scratching. We would wrap her legs every night in bandages so that she could not get to her itchy skin too easily. In May this year, her legs really took a bad turn for the worst.