Eczema Bulletin, Issue #030 - Make a New Years Resolution To Benefit Your Eczema
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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes
- January's Featured Article – Make a New Year's Resolution To Benefit Your Eczema
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 Ways To.....manage hand eczema
Make a New Year's Resolution To Benefit Your Eczema
Its that time of year again when we decide to do or stop doing something. This year we could make a resolution that will help our eczema.
I know that making resolutions can seen pointless to some people, as a lot of us don't stick to them for very long.....some of mine have been broken before the end of 1 January!
Picking a smaller resolution that doesn't involve a massive change is a good place to start. Also breaking the resolution down helps.
Mine this year is to drink at least 2 litres of water everyday. I do drink water every day, but sometimes not enough. I've made a basic plan of how I'm going to track it. I've got a diary and a 2 litre bottle at home for my days off, and a smaller bottle at work which I need to drink at least 4 of. This isn't a massive change for me I just needed to have a plan of how I was going to do it.
If you're good at sticking to resolutions then you could choose a bigger resolution.
If I thought that
I was more focused than I am then I would go sober for a year. I know my eczema is affected by alcohol, and I have cut down a lot over the last 8 years. But I'd be interested to see how giving up completely for a time would benefit my skin.
I am going dry for January, I have a friend doing it as well a so that helps, but I would like to do it for longer. Doing something for a month is a start, and may help me to do it for longer. Sometimes looking at the smaller picture is easier than the looking at the bigger picture.
Let me know about your eczema friendly resolutions and how you plan to make them work. Have you made a plan of how it will happen, how you'll work through the hard times or the reasons why you want to do it? I'd definitely love to hear how you've got on.
Eczema News Article
A new injection has been reported to be able to help eczema sufferers with itchiness.
It is said that high levels of a certain protein in the skin and blood is the reason why people with eczema itch. This injection reportedly works by introducing an antibody into the body which neutralises the protein. When this happens the itchiness subsides.
There has been a trial in Japan which has reported that after just one injection that patients reported 45-50% less itchiness.
The injection isn't yet available as more testing will be needed.
The initial results are positive and I'm very interested to see how any further testing goes. This could help a lot of eczema sufferers. By reducing itchiness this can help to break the itch-scratch cycle. By breaking the cycle the symptoms of eczema, made worse by scratching, will improve.
I'll keep updated on this story.
Tip Of The Month - The Benefits of Calendula
Calendula essential oil comes from the calendula plant, which is mainly found in Europe and North America.
One of the benefits of calendula is that it is a great anti-inflammatory. Helping to reduce the redness associated with eczema. It also has anti-bacterial properties. This can reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin, helping to lower the risk of your eczema becoming infected.
It can also help reduce itching. This can be extremely helpful at night, as a lot of eczema sufferers find that they scratch during the night, sometimes without even knowing that they do it.
Because of all of its benefits it can help reduce any skin damage and be a great way to manage eczema.
You can use it on yourself and your child as its rare for it to cause side effects or any skin irritation.
You can read more about calendula, here, including the different ways you can use it.