Meet Judith. She’s an 18-year-old woman living in Laval, Quebec. She has been living with eczema for as long as she can remember.
Interviewed by Preet Bhogal
How does eczema affect your daily living? Your family? I choose my clothes according to how bad my skin looks in order to hide the eczema. I gave up sleepovers because my skin didn’t take them well. When my skin flares, I don’t sleep well and I get in a bad mood. During these times, I don’t want to move and I just want to stay at home. I also try to stay away from alcohol, but it can be hard sometimes. My condition doesn’t really affect my family but, when I was young, my mother often needed to apply creams for me. Even today, she is the one who cuts my nails to prevent damage.
What do you like to do for fun and relaxation? Does your skin condition affect your choices? I love being at the computer, watching movies and shopping. I never liked sports because sweat makes me want to scratch myself even more. My dermatologist suggested that I try yoga for relaxation, but I haven’t tried it yet.
What triggers flares? As soon as I am stressed, my skin flares. If it’s too dry or too humid, too cold or too hot, my skin is affected a lot. Sometimes I [...] continue the story