Take Control of Your Health

I used to have a nasty and disturbing bout of eczema in the crease of my nose. I ignored it for a long time, thinking it was just dry skin, but when a facialist ordered I “get thee to a dermatologist,” I did as I was told.

My doctor assured me that all would be fine. Just take this ointment, apply twice a day, but stop after 2 weeks because the medication could thin my skin. Um, ok? Again, I did what I was told. Two weeks came and went and so did the eczema. I was elated. I had finally rid myself of that pesky, itchy, unsightly mess. Hallelujah!

Then a month went by, and the eczema was back. I returned to my doctor. She directed me back to the medication but again warned me about the skin thinning side effect. She said, “Eczema is a stubborn condition. This may just be something that you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your life.”

OK, fine. We all have a sack of rocks, and eczema was mine. I’d deal with its itchy redness and the skin thinning medication, but something changed. The medication stopped working. I was now living with this affliction every day. Some days it would be tame. Others it flared with the fiery intensity of a million red suns. I was told that this was the way it was going to be, but I couldn’t accept it.

I started doing some research. I went online and looked at natural remedies. I reached out to friends who also suffered from eczema. I talked to estheticians. I did it all! I finally found something that worked for me. It was not an option offered to me by my doctor. I had to get out there and figure it out for myself, and I’m so grateful that I did. This alternative cured my eczema almost immediately, and although it likes to creep back, especially while travelling, my new medication nips it in the bud before it gets out of hand. (My treatment involved Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for those of you who are interested.)

The moral of this long-winded story is to listen to your gut, and don’t be afraid to be your own health advocate. It is important to listen to health professionals, but you know your body more than anyone, and if you feel that there’s something that needs to be investigated further, don’t be afraid to do it yourself. I know I’m glad I took the time and money to help cure my eczema. If I hadn’t, my thin skinned nose crease would still be raging like a California wildfire, and nobody has time for that.



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