Many children and adults suffer from eczema throughout their lives. It is estimated that 35 million people deal with eczema in the U.S. alone. While some cases are mild and others much more severe, eczema is characterized as a medical condition that causes rough, itchy patches of skin that can result in major irritation. This September 17-25, make it your mission to educate yourself about this ailment that affects so many.
National Eczema Week - History
NEA launched well-being campaign
The National Eczema Association launched a campaign that focuses on the overall well-being of individuals who suffer from eczema.
September 21, 1948
Hydrocortisone was invented
The common treatment for eczema, hydrocortisone, was invented.
Dermatitis, a.k.a .eczema, became an official term.
Dermatology officially recognized
The Department of Medicine officially recognized dermatology.
Hippocrates mentioned eczema
Hippocrates made mention of a skin condition that is very similar to what is now known as eczema.
How to Observe National Eczema Week
1. Donate to the National Eczema Association
The National Eczema Association (NEA) can always use more gifts.
2. Take a class about eczema
Check with local agencies to see if there is a short course you can take to help you become more knowledgeable.
3. Check in with someone you know who suffers from eczema
Since eczema has been linked to mental distress, make it a point to check in with a friend or family member who suffers from eczema. Keep it as simple as a quick phone call, email, or lunch date.
5 Facts You Should Know About Eczema
1. There are different types of eczema
They're generally characterized by unique skin conditions.
2. African Americans are most likely to suffer
In the U.S., individuals of African American descent are the most likely to suffer from eczema.
3. Men are less susceptible
Women are more likely to suffer from eczema.
4. Eczema impacts many aspects of life
Almost 40 percent of people who suffer from eczema say that the skin condition has caused them to turn down a job or educational opportunity.
5. Eczema often equals asthma
Research has found that individuals with eczema are more likely to develop asthma or allergies.
Why National Eczema Week is Important
A. National Eczema Week highlights the emotional toll that this condition can take
Most people realize that physically dealing with eczema can be extremely painful and downright annoying. What isn't as widely discussed, however, is how eczema can emotionally affects those afflicted. Eczema can cause serious stress, anxiety, and even depression.
B. It helps raise money for the National Eczema Association
During National Eczema Week there is definitely heightened awareness regarding the work that the National Eczema Association does. After realizing the many ways that the NEA assists eczema sufferers, donors are more likely to financially support the cause.
C. National Eczema Week helps eczema sufferers remember that they're not alone
Having eczema can feel isolating. Some people feel embarrassed to go out in public due to the condition of their skin. National Eczema Week serves as an excellent reminder that there are millions of other people who are dealing with this same condition.