Eczema Treatment and its Discontents

Days in the Life of an Eczematic English Professor

One of the issues I had to face in drafting this is the ways eczema has affected me. I couldn’t speak for everyone because not everyone experiences anxiety as a result of their eczema. In this case, writing a memoir was helpful because I wasn’t speaking for everyone, just myself, but, memoir was also difficult because I had to address all of the other factors combined with eczema that caused it to become so devastating to me.

One of those factors is Iatrogenesis, medically-induced trauma. Treatments for eczema are often worse than the disease itself. For example, “immunotherapy.” Allergy shots are like vaccines. In order to become immune to allergens, you have to be exposed to them through needles, after the process of being poked with them to see which ones you’re allergic to, an awful experience for any adult, much less a child. Additionally, severely broken-out skin is painful…

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