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Eczema
Living with my Eczema

Preface
Atopic Eczema is a hereditary skin disorder
associated with dry and itchy skin condition. I...
Living with my Eczema

Contents
My Journey ............................................................................4
W...
Living with my Eczema

My Journey
Are you feeling itchy now? To be honest, I am
habitually scratching my body while writin...
Living with my Eczema
bumps appeared. They were so irritating that I kept rubbing
and pinching them. The small bumps turne...
Living with my Eczema

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

20 years of experience
treating my atopic eczema

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TONNE...
Living with my Eczema

…………………………………
Rashes enveloped my whole body with some even
oozing and weeping as a result of exces...
Living with my Eczema

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

20 years of experience
treating my atopic eczema

BUY NOW only $2.99
TONNE...
Living with my Eczema
I came back to Malaysia after my university
graduation last year and my skin has just returned to no...
Living with my Eczema
years of online research. Eczema is a general term to
describe an allergic skin condition which is d...
Living with my Eczema

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

20 years of experience
treating my atopic eczema

BUY NOW only $2.99
TONNE...
Living with my Eczema


Eczema is a general term to describe an allergic skin
condition which is dry and itchy with obvio...
Living with my Eczema


Atopic eczema normally affects about 10 percent of
children in the world and most of them outgrow...
Living with my Eczema
evolved from more classical first generation ones to the nonsedating second generation ones. Antihis...
Living with my Eczema

Moisturizer
Moisturizer is the sole item that I have been using
continuously. Even if eczema does n...
Living with my Eczema

Allergy Test
As suggested by an allergist, I went to perform a
blood serum allergy test to serve as...
Living with my Eczema

Sublingual Immunotherapy
You might notice in my serum allergy test that the
IgE concentration to du...
Living with my Eczema

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG

20 years of experience
treating my atopic eczema

BUY NOW only $2.99
TO...
Living with my Eczema

My Useful Tips
Managing Stress
When there is flare-up, the first thing that we should
do is……………………...
Living with my Eczema

I recently found to be useful during flare-up – Pinetarsol. It
will temporarily ease the itch. A ve...
Living with my Eczema
You are not alone. They are millions of people suffering
from eczema. Eczema flare-up is not a big d...
Living with my Eczema

Any comments or feedback
please contact me:
yferic88@gmail.com

Eric Ong

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  1. 1. Eczema
  2. 2. Living with my Eczema Preface Atopic Eczema is a hereditary skin disorder associated with dry and itchy skin condition. Itching, pain, embarrassing and demotivating are synonymous with atopic eczema. The root cause of atopic eczema is not well understood. Several forms of treatments are available with topical steroid being the epitome of eczema treatment. In general, the treatment consists of avoiding any known triggers, treating dry skin, alleviating itch, suppressing inflammation and reducing pent-up stress. Atopic eczema has been affecting me for more than ten years. Now, my condition has significantly improved after a series of treatments and my skin is back to normal. This is a story about my journey with atopic eczema. Confessing the truth of how embarrassed and how difficult living with the incurable skin disorder has made telling this story difficult. In addition, I would like to share some useful information and practical tips to treat, control and prevent eczema from flaring. These are based on my real-life experience, online articles as well as advice and guidance from skin specialist, dermatologist and allergist. Eric Ong Page 2
  3. 3. Living with my Eczema Contents My Journey ............................................................................4 What is Atopic Eczema? ...... Error! Bookmark not defined. My Treatment .......................................................................11 Antihistamines .................................................................13 Topical Steroids ...............................................................14 Moisturizer .......................................................................15 Allergy Test ......................................................................16 Sublingual Immunotherapy ..............................................17 Traditional Chinese Herbs................................................17 Useful Tips ...........................................................................18 Managing Stress ...............................................................19 Controlling Itch ................................................................19 Preventive Measures ........................................................20 Relaxation ........................................................................20 Eric Ong Page 3
  4. 4. Living with my Eczema My Journey Are you feeling itchy now? To be honest, I am habitually scratching my body while writing this. Indeed, it is itchy, unpleasant and embarrassing. Although my eczema has subsided for some time after a series of treatments and preventions, there is still a possibility that it will flare again. Unfortunately, I have to live with it for the rest of my life. I am one of the 20% of patients worldwide who succumbs to atopic dermatitis. Most of the atopic eczema conditions improve by the time children reach adolescence. Unluckily, I did not outgrow it. My eczema persists into my adulthood and it still flares periodically. I am 25 years old. Feeling disconcerted and self-conscious of my skin condition, it is difficult for me meeting friends. Controlling eczema from spreading and deteriorating is tough and tiring as well. When I was in primary school, I was just like others with smooth healthy skin, and was active and energetic. No sign of eczema or any skin disorder appeared until the year I entered secondary school, Form 1. Out of the blue, my inner side of my elbow and knee started to get itchy uncontrollably. The moment I rubbed those affected parts, small prickly red Eric Ong Page 4
  5. 5. Living with my Eczema bumps appeared. They were so irritating that I kept rubbing and pinching them. The small bumps turned reddish and were spreading to back of my hands and fingers. The more I rubbed them, the itchier they were, creating red patches. I strived hard to cover those parts by wearing long sleeves and bending my arms to avoid people seeing those rashes. The affected parts became very dry after a few weeks later and they looked pale and wrinkly. Eventually ………………………………………………………. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BUY NOW only $2.99 TONNES OF TIPS TO SHARE… BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE.. Eric Ong Page 5
  6. 6. Living with my Eczema CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 20 years of experience treating my atopic eczema BUY NOW only $2.99 TONNES OF TIPS TO SHARE… BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE.. Any comments or feedback please contact me: yferic88@gmail.com Eric Ong Page 6
  7. 7. Living with my Eczema ………………………………… Rashes enveloped my whole body with some even oozing and weeping as a result of excessive scratching. Itching was intense, especially at night which led to insomnia. Coupled with my stressful engineering assignments and projects, my eczema got worse. I would have my hands scratching almost every part of my body trying to figure out solutions to my engineering problems. Itching has tremendously distracted my attention to concentrate in my studies. I would try to avoid siting at my desk too long doing assignments, watching movies or even playing games. Instead, I would force myself to have a walk outside the house and engage in chitchat with my neighbors and friends or even stroll in shopping malls. Involving in social activities would be the only way to make me more conscious of my scratching act and would deter me from touching my skin. In winter, as weather turned dry and cold, moisturizing alone would not help reduce my scratching. ……………………………………………… ……………. Eric Ong Page 7
  8. 8. Living with my Eczema CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 20 years of experience treating my atopic eczema BUY NOW only $2.99 TONNES OF TIPS TO SHARE… BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE.. Any comments or feedback please contact me: yferic88@gmail.com Eric Ong Page 8
  9. 9. Living with my Eczema I came back to Malaysia after my university graduation last year and my skin has just returned to normal recently. I was recommended by an allergy specialist to do immunotherapy to combat dust mite allergy for three years. However, I stopped doing it as it was expensive and I did not see any significant improvement after nine months of therapy. My skin recovers fast under Malaysia damp tropical environment. My skin is moist and hydrated naturally. Also, I try reducing my stress level and apply moisturizer every day after shower and before sleep. Now, my skin has turned healthy and itching has stopped for a few months already. My experience has given me the motivation to write this and share with you my journey living with eczema. Additionally, I would like to share in the following sections some useful information and practical tips to treat, control and prevent eczema from flaring. Something you should know about Atopic Eczema Since I am not a doctor or dermatologist, I will explain the skin condition in layman’s terms based on many Eric Ong Page 9
  10. 10. Living with my Eczema years of online research. Eczema is a general term to describe an allergic skin condition which is dry and itchy with obvious rashes characterized by a few symptoms such as redness, flaking, cracking, oozing and crusting. It is grouped into a few categories with two most common ones: atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the one that I suffer from and is hereditary and runs in family members whose members also have asthma, rhinitis, hay fever or other allergy conditions. In comparison, contact dermatitis is triggered by allergen and irritants. Contact dermatitis will be a more commonly thought as allergy in general. Skin is the biggest organ in our body. Controlling the itch and managing the flare-up are challenging. Atopic eczema sufferer’s skin has a genetic defect in the skin’s protective outer layer allowing irritants, microbes and allergens to penetrate the skin causing itch and adverse reactions. Scratching damages the skin tissue underneath, leading to contamination and injury. With prolonged scratching and rubbing………………………………………  Eric Ong Page 10
  11. 11. Living with my Eczema CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 20 years of experience treating my atopic eczema BUY NOW only $2.99 TONNES OF TIPS TO SHARE… BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE.. Any comments or feedback please contact me: yferic88@gmail.com Eric Ong Page 11
  12. 12. Living with my Eczema  Eczema is a general term to describe an allergic skin condition which is dry and itchy with obvious rashes characterized by a few symptoms such as redness, flaking, cracking, oozing and crusting.  Atopic eczema is the one that I suffer from and is hereditary and runs in family members whose members also have asthma, rhinitis, hay fever or other allergy conditions.  Atopic eczema sufferer’s skin has a genetic defect in the skin’s protective outer layer allowing irritants, microbes and allergens to penetrate the skin causing itch and adverse reactions. Scratching damages the skin tissue underneath, leading to contamination and injury.  There is NO cure for eczema. It is a recurring and cyclical condition.  Food allergy does not relate directly to atopic eczema but is often mistakenly thought to be the root cause of atopic eczema. However, people with atopic eczema might have food allergy as well. Food allergens can sometimes cause eczema to worsen. Eric Ong Page 12
  13. 13. Living with my Eczema  Atopic eczema normally affects about 10 percent of children in the world and most of them outgrow it. A small percentage continues to suffer from eczema into adulthood, including me.  The skin outer layer can retain water seeping up from deeper layers of the skin and moisture is retained by a surface of natural oil (sebum). Atopic eczema patient has a deficiency in this process. Natural oil produced is not enough to hold in moisture on the skin, leading to very dry skin. My Treatment The actual triggering cause of atopic eczema is not well understood. My treatment consists of avoiding any known triggers, treating dry skin and reducing inflammation. Also, I benefit a lot from a psychological approach whereby my mind is trained to control itch and stop the habitual scratching action. Antihistamines The most common medicine I was prescribed is antihistamine. To my knowledge, antihistamines have Eric Ong Page 13
  14. 14. Living with my Eczema evolved from more classical first generation ones to the nonsedating second generation ones. Antihistamines or more specifically H1-receptor antagonists……………………. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ……………………..The sedative effect makes me sleep better. It helps reduce my itching and make me feel relieved at night. During the day, I take the non-sedative one – Zyrtec. Zyrtec is used mainly to relieve sneezing, runny nose and allergic conditions. It contains active ingredient Cetirizine which is known to be more selective for peripheral H1receptors, reducing sedation. Topical Steroids Secondly, topical corticosteroid is another topical medicine I have been utilizing only during severe flare-up. It is a steroid and undoubtedly it will have adverse effect to our body if applied and used for long term purpose. It is best to opt for the form of ointment instead of cream as ointment indirectly moisturizes the affected part. Corticosteroids wil………………………………………………………… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Eric Ong Page 14
  15. 15. Living with my Eczema Moisturizer Moisturizer is the sole item that I have been using continuously. Even if eczema does not flare, moisturizing the skin is still the most important thing to do every day. If dry skin improves, I will not stop using moisturizer, instead, I will just apply a thin layer of moisturizer all over my body every time after shower. I have used many different types of moisturizers…………………. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE In summer or hot weather that will make oneself sweat, I will pick lighter aqueous cream while in winter or cold weather, emollient will be used. Greasy ointment all over the body is unbearable. I will apply greasier ones on exposed areas and light ones on areas covered with clothes. A recent study by Scientists at Bath University showed……………… As an alternative and briefly mentioned earlier, fatty cream and non-ionic creams are recommended. The healthE fatty cream is specially……………. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Eric Ong Page 15
  16. 16. Living with my Eczema Allergy Test As suggested by an allergist, I went to perform a blood serum allergy test to serve as a guide to identify the underlying triggering allergens to better control and manage any future flare-up. In an allergic condition, the immune system overreacts to allergen by producing an antibody called Immunoglobulin E. I obtained a shocking…………. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Laboratory testing for allergy measures specific IgE (sIgE) to allergens in serum. The results are reported as both quantitative (kU/L concentration) and semi-quantitative (class 0 – 6) values. I read about an article few weeks ago saying that positive result to any particular allergen only indicates sensitization CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Eric Ong Page 16
  17. 17. Living with my Eczema Sublingual Immunotherapy You might notice in my serum allergy test that the IgE concentration to dust mite allergen is very high. This is something that I think would be one of the causes my eczema persisted during my university study years in New Zealand with all my shredded peeled dead skin on my bed being the food source of house dust mites. Dust mites………. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Traditional Chinese Herbs Another approach that I tried to control my eczema is to consume traditional Chinese medicine. There are many types of Chinese herbs that are prepared to treat eczema in general. It does not treat atopic eczema directly; instead, it will help relieve any typical skin disorder. I had a type of herbal drink that contained Flos Lonicerae (金銀花) and……. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Eric Ong Page 17
  18. 18. Living with my Eczema CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG 20 years of experience treating my atopic eczema BUY NOW only $2.99 TONNES OF TIPS TO SHARE… BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE.. Any comments or feedback please contact me: yferic88@gmail.com Eric Ong Page 18
  19. 19. Living with my Eczema My Useful Tips Managing Stress When there is flare-up, the first thing that we should do is……………………………………………………….. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Controlling Itch The more we scratch the more sensitive our skin is, further stimulating the sense of non-stop itching and prickling. Sufficient sleep is required for skin to recover as soon as possible. Whenever there is persistent tendency to scratch the affected parts, try distracting yourself by doing other things which will keep the hands and fingers busy. Strolling at the garden……………………………….. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Eric Ong Page 19
  20. 20. Living with my Eczema I recently found to be useful during flare-up – Pinetarsol. It will temporarily ease the itch. A very good soap called: Preventive Measures Since eczema is not curable, there are many preventive measures that can be adopted to stop flare-up reoccurrence. Moisturize the entire body every day after shower will help soothe the skin. I would recommend taking supplements such as Vitamin C, Flaxseed oil and Fish oil which contain beneficial oils to replenish the skin. Drink more water as the recovered skin needs water to repair itself. We have reduced levels of lipids (oils) in the stratum corneum of our CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Relaxation Relaxing meditation and listening to music are favorable as well………………………. Eric Ong Page 20
  21. 21. Living with my Eczema You are not alone. They are millions of people suffering from eczema. Eczema flare-up is not a big deal. Think of it as a natural way of getting the skin to replenish and repair itself, leading to healthier and smoother skin. New layer of skin is reborn to protect us even further. Be patient, be confident and do not feel embarrassed. Your skin will eventually heal itself  CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG 20 years of experience treating my atopic eczema BUY NOW only $2.99 TONNES OF TIPS TO SHARE… BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE.. Eric Ong Page 21
  22. 22. Living with my Eczema Any comments or feedback please contact me: yferic88@gmail.com Eric Ong Page 22

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