I’ve had eczema for about 20 years now – it’s the worst on my hands and my job doesn’t help either. I’m a dental assistant, which means I’m constantly washing my hands. I don’t know if it was the gloves that irritated them or what it is, but my hands are often red and raw.
In the past my eczema would get so bad that I would get little blisters would fill with puss, then my skin on my fingers and hand would literally split open. It looked like I cut myself.
When I first started my career I had problems immediately. I tried to come up with different ways to keep it under control, but it was really difficult. The eczema would come and go – over the last couple of years however, it’s become worse.
There have been times where I was in so much pain, I would have to wear gloves to protect my hand from just water. It was agony. I was often in tears when I had to wash my hair or my daughters’.
Around one third of Australians suffer from eczema at some point in their lives. For me personally it’s been so tough because there isn’t a simple cure. I went to so many doctors and tried cream after cream.
The only thing that seemed to work was hydrocortisone cream, but I could only use it for five days and was supposed to have a break for a few days in between. During those days when I wasn’t using it my hand would be painful again.