Getting Eczema Under ControlI have had eczema ever since I was a child. I understand that eczema, like many of the other ailments I suffer, are often caused by psychological disturbances, or at least these disturbances play a part in the causation and cure of these ailments. I believe that that may be the case for many, if not most of our physical ailments, although, of course, there may be other factors.
Once in the late '90s when I was in a movie theater's lobby, I saw a woman with a young child of about seven or eight and an infant of about six months standing in front of me on the concession line. The baby was just covered form head to foot in eczema. Although these people looked quite innocent and upstanding and I saw nor heard anything remiss in the
way the woman related to either the older child nor the baby, I was pretty sure that the emotional atmosphere at home or of that mother must have been pretty tense, for a baby that young to be covered in such eczema like that. When we are children, our own psyches tend to reflect the atmosphere around us and our troubles, too.
I won't go into the details of my situation when I was a child, but will say that as a child up until I became a teen, I had eczema in the inside creases of my elbows and knees. This would get pretty bad and would spread pretty far and would get pretty (ugly!) crusty and would itch fiercely, and I would scratch it, again, fiercely. However, when I reached my teens, it cleared up totally and left no scars.
I became a vegetarian in 1989 and remained one until 1998, when I started eating meat again. Shortly after that time, I broke out with terrible eczema again, mainly on the left side of my body, including my torso, behind my knees, and on my legs and ankles. I went to a
dermatologist and he gave me a cream called Fluocinonide. That worked, but as soon as I stopped using it, the eczema would flare up again.
Also, in 1988, the year before I became a vegetarian, I had a very bad flare-up in the crease behind my right knee. I was lying on the floor and a man I was in love with saw it and was repulsed by it. I thought he was ridiculous. However, shortly after that, I don't know exactly when, but it cleared up without leaving a single trace.
Finally, sometime after 1998, I had a very bad flare-up right above my left ankle, and I was scratching it and it was breaking out into open sores, even though I was using the cream. I was so distraught and I said to myself that I didn't know what I was going to do if it didn't heal. After all, I was using the cream as I was supposed to; I couldn't imagine what else would help it. And suddenly, shortly after I said that, it cleared up completely, leaving no trace!
I still have some eczema, but the Fluocinonide cream seems to keep it under control. I even get it in my arm pits. I was afraid to use the cream there because I thought it might give me cancer, but when the eczema flared up there, I asked the doctor if it was all right to use the cream there, and he said, "Yes," and so far, so good. I don't get it in my arm pits all the time, but when I do, I apply the cream and then stop, not wanting to take any chances.