Frequently Asked Questions
How does diet and lifestyle impact eczema?
Remember, eczema affects everyone differently. While some people are happy to control their condition using creams and lotions from the doctor, others find they need to make adjustments to what they eat and drink, and how they live. There are certain foods which are known to make eczema worse, and your lifestyle really does make a difference too much stress and not enough sleep can play havoc with your skin. I know because I’ve been there!
Will I always have eczema?
Occasionally children grow out of it, but for most people, it’s a case of controlling and healing eczema rather than ‘curing’ it. I can manage my eczema really well now, most of the time it’s like I no longer have it and I sometimes think it’s gone for good, but if I ignore my HOPE principles it will come back. I no longer see this as a negative, I’m grateful I have eczema to show me something in my life needs to change when it flares up. It’s like my best friend, nudging me in the right direction. It’s all about living in balance, being true to yourself and understanding your body’s needs.
How do I handle a flare up?
First, don’t panic! Second, take a deep breath and remember your body is your friend. SLOW DOWN. Listen to your body. Do you need more sleep? To nourish yourself better? To get some stress support? When I get the odd flare up and I’ve learned to recognise the signs I turn to my HOPE principles and see what I need to focus on the most to gain control again. You can do this too! Check out my book and HOPE programme.
Where can I find support?
Eczema can be really isolating. I’ve been the one nodding and saying I’m fine when I feel dreadful. Now I know that talking can make you feel instantly better even before your skin heals. Talk to your friends or family or if that is too close to home, a qualified NLP practitioner was super helpful for me. Or look at my resources page for lots of useful organisations, charities and support groups.