This month on the blog, we’ve already talked about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day. Today, we’re keeping the awareness going strong by highlighting Eczema Awareness Month.
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) may affect more than 30 million people in the U.S. So what is eczema, exactly? It’s an itchy, red rash affecting babies, children and adults, and can appear all over the body. Symptoms often become less severe as children grow older, but sometimes, eczema can actually start in adulthood. There’s no cure for the condition, but in many cases it’s manageable.
As part of this year’s effort, the National Eczema Association launched the #ExposingEczema movement, which aims to start breaking through stereotypes and creating a new public awareness about how eczema really affects people’s lives. Here’s what you can do to be a part of #ExposingEczema:
- Raise your hand
- Post a picture of you raising your hand on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #ExposingEczema
- Encourage your friends and family to raise their hands
- Share your eczema story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #ExposingEczema
Remember, eczema isn’t contagious, but awareness is. There are several other ways that you can get involved during – and after – Eczema Awareness Month, and show your support for everyone touched by eczema.
- Become an eczema advocate by contacting your elected officials or writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
- Share your photos from your eczema event or fundraiser to show how you’re helping spread the word about eczema.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest in eczema news, treatment and research: watch and share NEA eczema education webcasts.
If you’re living with eczema, remember that you’re not alone. There are more than 900 PatientsLikeMe members living with eczema. Connect with them on the site and share your experiences.
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