alternative/holistic medicine, eczema, food and nutrition, my journey, sugar, women's health

medicinal ideologies: western, eastern, modern, traditional

Something that has always fascinated me has been the underlying ideologies behind medicine of different regions/cultures, be it modern western science, naturopathic medicine (which can blend a lot of the holistic and western medicine practices), traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, or yoga. As western medicine is the most familiar, I will talk about that briefly at… Continue reading medicinal ideologies: western, eastern, modern, traditional

eczema, NEA, skin care, topical steroid withdrawal, travel/traveling

my eczema travel wishlist

As the movement of creating more open dialogue around living with eczema grows, more and more events and opportunities are flourishing to help spread the word too. My top 5 choices of places/events/conferences/camps/programs I would want to attend include: Eczema Expo: Created by the National Eczema Association, this event brings together patients, caregivers, medical professionals,… Continue reading my eczema travel wishlist

books, eczema, media/arts, topical steroid withdrawal, topical steroids, travel/traveling

eczema representation in media/arts

Though eczema isn't the most glamorous of conditions, there is a growing body of representation of people with eczema in various mediums. As I come across more, I'll update this post with the caption NEW.   TV SHOWS One of the most notable now is Peter Moffat's HBO series, The Night Of, which features the character… Continue reading eczema representation in media/arts

eczema, exercise and activity, food and nutrition, my journey, pregnancy, women's health

pregnancy and eczema

Today I decided to dig a bit more into the world of eczema for us pregnant folk. I started by watching a podcast done by Abby Lai (of Prime Physique Nutrition) in which she talked with Dr. Peter Lio (he's done a few National Eczema Association webinars). Link to Abby's podcast is here. The major… Continue reading pregnancy and eczema

distraction, eczema, exercise and activity, skin biome, storytime

storytime! digging down deep

Here's little bit of writing for fun that I came up with during a bout of insomnia this week. My mama always said you need to dig deep to really find yourself. What I didn't realize was that she meant it literally. The first warm weekend in New England, I found myself at Home Depot,… Continue reading storytime! digging down deep

eczema, exercise and activity, my journey, topical steroid withdrawal

elephant skin: my life currently

My skin is going through what I believe to be another topical steroid withdrawal. My reasoning? I have excessive wrinkling on the extensor surfaces of my skin (I call this stage of skin my "elephant" phase, and I'm not alone; see the study here), and I was on a moderately potent steroid ointment for most… Continue reading elephant skin: my life currently

distraction, eczema, exercise and activity, flare-up, storytime

babysitting with eczema: flare-ups while caretaking

So many searches come up with how to be a caretaker for a person or child with eczema, but I haven't heard from, or found research more about the challenges and options for when the caretaker is the one with eczema. This week I am watching my baby cousin. He's about 7 months old now… Continue reading babysitting with eczema: flare-ups while caretaking

eczema, food and nutrition, sugar

skin deep it’s not so sweet: all about sugar

[For background context: I am currently still interning with EChO-Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, and so I spend a lot of time thinking about and researching sugars]. Ask anyone- I love sweets. I'm pretty indiscriminate about what types (though I tend to prefer baked goods to pure candy). At either rate, one thing I have worried… Continue reading skin deep it’s not so sweet: all about sugar

eczema, topicals

eczema product reviews

I think one of the universal aspects of having a skin condition is you get used to using a bunch of different topical creams and lotions and ointments. At this point in my life, I am no stranger to the variety of products in the market (though new ones are always being developed) and I've… Continue reading eczema product reviews

eczema, lymphoma

eczema versus lymphoma

One of the most frustrating aspects of having chronic atopic dermatitis is that many of the symptoms overlap with Hodgkin's lymphoma, but since the latter is rare, it is seemingly unlikely that a person will have it while also being difficult to have enough concrete signs and symptoms that a doctor will feel it warrants… Continue reading eczema versus lymphoma