*Please note: I am not a doctor, nor am I selling anything. I am just sharing the journey that I had through a horrible bout of face/ eyelid eczema and what I did to cure/overcome it.*
Every winter for the past 3-4 years, I have spent at least one month with eczema on my eyelid(s). It is itchy, painful and ugly. I live in Colorado, where there is NEVER a lot of moisture in the air. Also, eczema can be genetic. I NEVER had it before, but my youngest child was born in 2003, and once he turned 1, he started getting eczema on his legs and upper arms. We could not figure out WHO he inherited it from until the Winter following his 1st B-Day when all of a sudden I wound up with the SAME raised, cracking itchy stuff on my eyelids.
My guess is that it was dormant in me until after he was born.
Anyway, he “got over” it by the time he was a about 3 … but I still got it … on my eyelids … Every Winter. In 2009 – during the creation of this blog – it got the absolute WORST that is has ever gotten.
According to Wikipedia:
“There is no known cure for eczema, thus treatments aim to control the symptoms: reduce inflammation and relieve itching.”
“The goals for the treatment of eczema are to prevent itching, inflammation, and worsening of the condition.”
Basically, there is no “CURE” for eczema. But I am not okay with this. There IS a cure … the cure is to remove the CAUSE of the eczema (an auto-immune reaction to an allergen) which will get rid of the eczema.
I am not in a business where I can hide in my cubicle until is goes away on it’s own. I am in a face-to-face business that requires me to be somewhat presentable at any given moment. Eczema on my eyelid is NOT helping me or my business. The worst part of having unsightly eyelid eczema is that it itches like crazy … and scratching only makes it worse. (Did you know? “Itching (pruritus) is a sensation that instinctively demands scratching.” – Merck.com LOL.)
Over the past 3-4 years, I have just been putting pure Vitamin E oil on it. I know that there are the corticosteroid creams out there that can help, but the thought of putting that so close to my eyeball just completely freaks me out.
Not to mention that I was raised by my Mom, who can cure almost ANYTHING naturally, so I KNOW there is a natural cure out there. Her words ring through my head “treat your skin ailments internally AND externally” …
With this pre-wisdom from my Mom, I decided to talk to my friend who owns a health food store in Colorado Springs – Mountain Mama’s. She helped me pick out some things for internal and external use.
This blog is dedicated to my journey to CURE My Eyelid Eczema.
UPDATE: My Eczema was an allergic reaction to cats. It got progressively worse until I had to (sadly) find a different home for my cats and move into a new house that never had cats.