I have atopic dermatitis and that didn’t stop me from getting married and living happily
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Now in the West, body positivity is flourishing too luxuriantly. In my opinion, they have already crossed the line, for example, they glorify obesity, girls run around the parks without bras as part of a campaign for equality, grow their hair in the wrong places and demonstrate their “feat” to the world on social media. networks. We have a similar wave, if it rises, it is weak.

In general, if we discard the extremes, there is a lot of good in body positivity, for example, to perceive yourself within reasonable limits the way nature created you. Including do not burrow into a cocoon, with the appearance of acne or eczema. For example, recently in America in the social. networks launched an action in which girls suffering from acne post their raw selfies. Models with eczema and acne are taken to the world catwalks. We, as always, are behind in the race.

Since the time of the king of peas, it has been customary for us to condemn others almost aloud, including for appearance. Therefore, people who have skin problems are psychologically sometimes completely destroyed. Some lead a reclusive life without friends and a loved one nearby, because they literally feel like a leper.

The same applies to the problem of atopic dermatitis, which is quite common in our country. Not like children, adults consider girls and guys with red eczema on their hands, inflammations to be dangerous patients. They are trying to talk about the problem, but within the framework of a few actions and in a very dosed manner. But dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis are autoimmune diseases, and the owners of this problem cannot infect others.

So they enter into a solitary struggle with someone else’s opinion, with themselves, and very often with the beloved zeal of our doctors to heal to exhaustion. Our heroine Ekaterina went through all the horrors of the system, tempered her psyche, but continues to struggle with the problem, including in her head and is constantly learning to be happy.

How it all started

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As a child, at the age of 5, I developed diathesis, but somehow it went away by itself. It all started again at ten. Then red spots appeared on the neck, under the knees, on the bend of the elbows. And they scratched.

From that moment began my long-term marathon for doctors. They stubbornly diagnosed me with diathesis, although even then it was atopic dermatitis that manifested itself.

We have an amazing medical system. Our doctors just love hormones. Of course, because they are afraid of all sorts of inflammation. So I was a 10-year-old child, smeared with hormonal ointment. And for a while it helped. I passed a lot of tests, they checked me, literally for everything. Still often sat on strict diets. The doctors said that I couldn’t do one thing or the other. But finally the problem could not be solved.

In acute periods, when red spots appeared everywhere and I combed them, I rested my horn and told my parents that I would not go to school. And they understood my condition.

By adolescence, things seemed to calm down, but blossomed again at the age of 23. The spots began to be localized on the arms and neck. Then I got a job as an advertising manager. I remember those sidelong glances from school, when everyone thinks you are a leper, afraid that you will touch them, because you will suddenly infect. People are just not aware of this problem, in that it is an autoimmune disease.

Therefore, even in the summer, when it was plus 30 outside, I put on a turtleneck with long sleeves, so that no one would see my combed spots.

And in acute periods (then spots appeared on my face as well) I could cancel a business meeting altogether, because I understood that I would not be able to communicate normally with clients. After all, at a meeting, I feel more comfortable looking my best.

How I learned to deal with the disease and myself

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I have never gone to beauticians, I do not believe that they can help with my problem. Usually, during periods of exacerbations, I used hormonal ointments against inflammation. In daily care, zinc ointments and moisturizing creams for atopics were very helpful.

But at 29, all this stopped helping. I had an acute process, dermatitis affected about 90 percent of the skin. There were wet wounds, red spots, scabs, everything itched. Then I went to the hospital, and they wanted to hospitalize me. I was described not a bright prospect – for 14 days they were going to stuff me with hormones and keep me on a strict diet. The situation for our doctors is standard.

But terrible for me. I was always afraid of hormones and did not see the saving power in them. I was tormented by vague doubts, I did not consider them something harmless, but on the contrary I thought: “But how will this affect my women’s health, I want to have children.”

I shared my fears with a friend who advised me a familiar herbalist. I decided it couldn’t get any worse, why not try homeopathy first. The most interesting thing is that herbal treatment helped, not immediately, but it helped. And after a while, instead of 90 percent, only 2 percent of skin lesions remained, but without wet wounds and itching.

Now I am 30 years old, sometimes I have red spots, which I sometimes comb. But I know for sure that herbs and special non-hormonal ointments help me. I’m done with hormones forever.

Many people are embarrassed by this problem, and I am no exception. But despite my troubles in my head, dermatitis did not prevent me from meeting my husband, and my problem, which sometimes seems to me of a universal scale, did not stop him at the time on the threshold of the registry office.

I know that many “owners” of dermatitis fixate strongly on their appearance, and I am no exception. But I am learning to work through psychological clamps, because they, among other things, cause exacerbations.

As for the opposite sex, they usually love not for anything, but in spite of. And, if they love you, then entirely, with all your cockroaches and even red spots.

What do the experts think

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Since the moment when atopic dermatitis began to be studied, the rules for atopic care, nutrition and lifestyle have changed. They have undergone a transformation even now, especially the notorious diets. The main list of what our heroine, and other atopic people should pay attention to, was presented to us by experts.

Choose care products

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Alexander Prokofiev

Of course, it is better for atopic people to test even dermatological cosmetics first on the bend of the elbow and detect the day by looking at the reaction. In care, it is also worth abandoning such seductive scented cosmetics and scrubs.

1. TOPIALYSE Barriere SVR Revitalizing Cream. 2. Cleansing shower oil Xemose Uriage. 3. Lipid-replenishing triple action balm for skin prone to atopic dermatitis LIPIKAR BAUME AP+M La Roche-Posay. 4. Ultra-moisturizing cream for irritated skin Dr. Stern.

1. Cream “Neotanin”. 2. Protocol 903 Comfort-Rose Soothing Treatment Directalab. 3. Soothing and moisturizing spray emulsion against itching in atopic dermatitis Bioderma Atoderm SOS. 4. Cream-emollient “Lipobase”. 5. Cream for hypersensitive skin in the swaddling area with marshmallow Weleda.

Humidify the air

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It is better to monitor the air in the room so that it is not dry, buy the notorious humidifier. The temperature in the room, according to experts, should not exceed 22 degrees. So, open the windows in the winter.

Choose clothes

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Give up synthetics from the word at all, do not wear woolen things on your naked body, wear a cotton T-shirt, T-shirt under them. Pay attention to special clothing brands for atopics, there are many of them.

Don’t swim too far

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For those who like to lie in the bath for an hour, forget a maximum of 10 minutes, and in warm, not hot water. Apply moisturizer immediately after a shower.

Give up bad habits

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There is nothing worse for atopic skin than nicotine, it kills all efforts on the way to the normalization of the dermis. So what is more important for you: to drag on, and then itch and become covered with spots, or to normalize the situation with the skin?

Don’t believe in food stereotypes

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Experts say that, of course, in an acute period it is better to exclude all sorts of spices, tomatoes and citrus fruits. But you should not switch to strict diets that Soviet medicine still imposes. You need to carefully study the specific situation.

Alexander Prokofiev

Get anti-aging treatments on time

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If you do not have an exacerbation, you have the right to undergo injection and hardware procedures without fear and reproach.

Nazeli Ghazaryan

Don’t Rely on Hormones

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Do not immediately pounce on hormones, even in an acute period. Like our heroine, homeopathy can help you.

Nazeli Ghazaryan

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