By Ashley of Itchin Since ’87 (See bio below)
Eczema, what a bizarre skin condition it is. I’ve been dealing with atopic dermatitis aka eczema since the age of two. I like to joke around by saying there is truth to the “terrible twos.”
When the doctor diagnosed me with eczema my mother was heartbroken, as she learned there was no known cure. She mentioned how hard it was to watch a two year old continuously scratch her skin off. At the time she didn’t know any better and tried everything to cure it. We used multiple steroids (not a good idea), creams, lotions, injected shots, oatmeal baths and pretty much anything else you could think of. Some worked. Some didn’t. Overall, nothing was permanent. I am 27 now and STILL suffering from this horrible condition. In fact, I wear gloves at night to keep from scratching in my sleep.
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In November of 2014 I was laid off from an amazing start-up company. This led me to pursue my passion. For years, I’ve followed different bloggers and always knew I wanted to start one myself. It was clear that beauty, food, travel and fashion were top dog among the categories. An while I admire these websites, I always felt like something was missing.
Thus my quest to start Itchin Since ’87. I wanted to approach eczema and other skin conditions in a different way. To be informative, but also bring laughter. In addition, my plan is to raise awareness. I feel as though skin conditions and diseases get neglected.
Its 2015, we have drones, self-driving cars, flown to mars, hoverboards, GPS systems and pretty much anything at our finger tips, yet we don’t have a cure for a continuous painful itch. For 25 years I’ve suffered with little to no progress. While there’s a plethora of things that can help manage it, nothing cures it (that I know if). The sad part is that eczema is actually becoming more common. So not only do I want to raise awareness, but I want to prevent it altogether.
Starting Itchin Since ’87 has been a blessing and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My website has connected me with people from all over the world who are going through the same thing. It helped me discover websites like The Eczema Company and websites such as this one, It’s an Itchy Little World. I love reading other peoples stories and nodding my head because I know exactly what they are going through. We’re all in this together.
If I can help in any way, shape or form to take eczema down I will. I’m passionate, dedicated and ready. Lets find a cure!
Ashley is a freelance writer and full-time writer from New Jersey. You can follow her here: