I Was Young, But I Remember

As a kid, I spent a lot of the time at the lake, running around barefoot on sand, rocks, grass, concrete; you name it, my feet touched it. When I was two, my mom noticed my feet looked really beat up, but figured it would go away as the summer came to a close. Well, that year it did clear up, but once summer came around again, it was back. I wouldn't  exactly call what happened a "flair up"...instead, my feet would become so dry and irritated that they would break into open sores that ran the length of my feet, and on my toes as well. We went to the dermatologist, and he took some skin samples, and came back  to us with nothing. My parents decided to wait the summer out again, hoping it would once again go away, but it didn't. While it wasn't as bad as it got in the summer, it was still painful to walk unless my feet were covered in lotion and wrapped up in socks. This went on for another four years, and for six or seven doctor visits as well. Finally, when I was seven, we went to a new pediatrician for a check-up, and at the end my mom just asked him to lok at my feet to see if there was anything he could do to stop the pain. He took one look, said, "Yep, that's eczema," and prescribed me two creams: one to heal the wounds, and one to soften and moisturize my skin. Within a year, I was almost completely better, and I haven't had an outbreak in about ten years. I outgrew most of it, and my skin still gets extremely dry in the summer, but now I know how to take care of it.

lieslby lieslby
18-21, F
2 Responses Aug 14, 2006

im glad i never went to the doctor and get ripped off.

It's amazing that a dermatologist didn't diagnose you at all, eczema isn't that uncommon of a condition. Then again, my family is prone to it, so I've seen it many times. Is the eczema still tame through college stress?