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Monday, 20 May 2013

Short term flare up - Cortisone induced red skin recovery

The recovery from cortisone induced eczema is a long and confusing road.  Your body improves and improves, then all of a sudden it goes bad, takes time to recovery and repeats the process.  Personally I don't let it bother me, I know it's a long term goal and any given day is nothing to measure success by, but it can be concerning to many (including my parents).

Over the weekend my body went from very good, quite white and just a light cover of dry skin, to terrible in the space of one night.  I didn't do anything different, I wasn't any more stressed, or eat anything different to normal, just overnight my skin decided it would get very thin and any scratching or movement would bring moisture to the skin surface.  When I say 'moisture', what I mean is that the skin is so thin that basically the top is being scratched off and the skin is oozing a slick moisture that never seems to stop.... it's pretty gross.

Me after 8 months of recovery, still quite pink in the face

I put a t-shirt over the top of the oozing and this stopped it across the day.  I also concentrated on not scratching at all and of course this helped a lot.  Over the next couple of days the top layer of my skin dried out completely, leaving the skin dry and cracked, but finally after 3 or 4 days, the dry skin peeled away and it's back to quite normal.  The colour is white with a pink tinge and whilst a little dry, it's all pretty good.

I don't really know why this cycle continues to occur, but I know that it's just a matter of time.  Every week is a little better, day by day, month by month I get closer to fully healed.  I am thankful to my amazing family, supportive friends and of course Katherine who bears it all with a smile.

Hope everyone else is doing well, feel free to shoot any questions through.