I am a big believer in the healing properties of Manuka Honey for eczema. Why? Because it is the key ingredient in our go-to eczema cream. The one that has helped my son’s chronic dry, scaly eczema as well as my daughter’s more minor, red inflamed eczema. The natural cream I’m in love with, not just because it provides relief for my children, but because it really works wonders on my overly dry, sensitive skin. My husband (who is very anti-skin care products) even uses it on his face! But I digress, let’s talk more about Manuka Honey. Read more
We haven’t featured much about psoriasis on our blog to date, but I’d like that to change. The condition is very similar to eczema, both physically and psychologically. so I hope today’s post will be both educational and inspiring for everyone. I love that the Skin Impressions campaign is helping those with chronic skin conditions to feel comfortable in their skin again.
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By Cyndi Prince (bio below)
Chances are, you or someone you know, suffers from eczema. The condition is a chronic and reoccurring inflammation of the skin; extremely itchy and usually resulting in patchy rashes on different parts of the body. Sufferers often experience heightened sensitivities to scents and irritants found in soaps, lotions and other products that come in contact with skin.
And what contacts our skin most? Clothes! Most families use laundry detergents, softeners and dryer sheets that are chemically scented. These chemicals are soaked into fabrics that you wear and the sheets that you sleep on, which can be a source of extreme irritation for an eczema sufferer. Read more
Topical steroid addiction is gaining a lot of press these days in the eczema community. If you or your child are using topical steroids to treat eczema, then I urge you to read today’s post. While topical steroids can indeed provide relief, they can also cause harm when misused. When my son was first diagnosed with eczema, we tried using topical steroid creams, but we had to keep increasing the strength to see relief. In the end my mother’s intuition told me cortisone wasn’t the answer for us and we turned to internal healing through dietary changes. If you have questions or concerns about using topical steroids, please speak with your dermatologist first before discontinuing their use. And please, never give up the hunt for your eczema triggers. You will find them, your eczema really can improve, and you’ll be less dependent on medication and skin care! Read more
Each year Eczema Awareness month is celebrated in November by Canadians with the help of the Eczema Society of Canada - an outstanding organization for their efforts in eczema education and supporting patients. You can read more about Executive Director, Amanda Cresswell-Melville’s, personal journey with eczema here. It’s easy to see where her passion for helping others with eczema stems from.
So, how can YOU help?
- Join a support group or become a Support Volunteer with ESC. Take a look at the Society’s list of Canadian support groups and leaders or contact the Society about volunteering as a Support Volunteer and starting your own group.
- Download some of their educational materials and distribute to caregivers at school, daycare, etc.
- Donate to the Eczema Society of Canada to support eczema awareness all year-long.
Do you have any other ideas on how to help spread eczema awareness? Please share them with us!
For those looking for a super cool, food allergy role model for their kids or teenagers – look no further. Surely you’ve heard of Alex Tagliani aka TAG? He’s currently competing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driving the Tagliani Autosport EpiPen #18 car. He’s an amazing driver and he is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. He has recently joined efforts with Anaphylaxis Canada to help spread allergy awareness in Canada via Summer of TAG, where Alex visited schools to teach kids about food allergies and how to stay safe. There were even contests for drawing an allergy themed helmet and race car design. How cool is that? Can you imagine your child’s drawing on a Nascar?
The Tagliani Foundation held a Golf Classic benefiting Anaphylaxis Canada in September where I was able to volunteer. I spoke with Alex Tagliani about his food allergies- what it was like growing up with them and how he handles them now. He said his skin was really inflamed and irritated as a baby, but after allergy tests confirmed his peanut and tree nut allergies, his mother (who was nursing Alex at the time) eliminated those foods from her diet and the reaction ceased and his skin cleared up. Those allergies later developed into something much more serious and Alex has experienced multiple anaphylactic reactions over the years when he was less careful. He confided that Bronte Tagliani, his wife and Director of the Tagliani Foundation and mastermind behind the Golf Classic, has been instrumental in reminding him to always keep his epinephrine auto-injector with him.
One of the highlights of the day (besides helping Anaphylaxis Canada and meeting Alex and Bronte) was getting to see Bill Patterson do his thing – he performs live art. I witnessed this painting go from a plain white canvas to the Tagliani collection you see here. What was really fun is that all the golfers were asked to jump in and make their mark – a splash of color here, a shadow there. Bill and his painting was a big hit. Can you find the EpiPen logo on one of Alex’s cars depicted in the painting?
If you’re looking for more resources for older kids and teenagers with food allergies, then check out Anaphylaxis Canada’s Why Risk It site. It features information about food allergies in a way older kids can relate to. There is even a youth advisory panel for kids looking to get more involved in the food allergy community. And what makes it super cool is that Kyle Dine is the program coordinator. And who doesn’t love Kyle Dine?! He has this incredible way of being able to relate to kids of all ages about food allergies. But I digress – check out the Why Risk It site and empower your teenager to make safe food allergy choices.
Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to some awesome little guys that are big food allergy advocates: The No Biggie Bunch.
They may be cartoons, but they have food allergies, just like your kids. Most importantly, they have fun while staying safe. Your kids will relate to their stories like the Sports-Tastic Birthday Party, where having food allergies doesn’t mean staying home – quite the opposite! The No Biggie Bunch reinforces the idea that birthdays can be fun when you come prepared. Read more
It’s Eczema Awareness month in the US and the National Eczema Association is asking that you watch and share this video to show the world how difficult it is to live with eczema and itchy skin.
Want to do more to help spread awareness? Take a look at NEA’s list of THREE things you can do to take part in eczema education.
This is an incredible story from a mom, much like many of us, just didn’t know what else to do to help your son find eczema relief after years and years of trying everything. They end up at the Avène Hydrotherapy Center in France. Just what makes this center so interesting for those with skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, puritus, ichtyosis, scarring and burns? The water is rich in skin-soothing silica and bicarbonates and comes from springs deep underground where rainfall has been stored and circulated by a naturally occurring aquifier for 40-50 years. It’s healing properties are recognized by the French National Academy of Medicine. This clinical trial shows great improvement in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis patients after seeking treatment at the center for three weeks. Read more