“… and then there was my skin” said Reggie, which was a complete bouncer to what Jamie and Reggie had been talking about. “I’m sorry, I think I got that wrong! What do you mean by your skin?”
Well not just Jamie, would it have been you or me in that situation – it wouldn’t have been any distant from this – to have asked what Reggie meant by it.
Well let us establish the context for you here!
It has rather become a staple of a substitute: Hi, to start with Hope you’re keeping safe, mostly indoors, and wearing those cloth pieces on your face, everytime you step out. Among its many saddening forms, that the Novel Coronavirus has taken – one for sure revolves around how we now greet others but that isn’t quite the point of my voice here, no. Not today! I’d rather take you through a very by-side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The one that actually amazed me on first hearing about and I was in awe just as the aforementioned dialogue brings out in “Jamie”.
COVID needs no introduction so I will skip that for now, but what usually pops up in your mind on first hearing about it? Well for starters – the infamous death toll that it has garnered, the dire symptoms of fever, mental lockdowns amid the international tactics of managing health, and a lot more. But what stood out for me was this one conversation I read while browsing through some content – the word between Reggie and Jamie and how Reggie talks about coping up with Eczema during the pandemic.
Let me shift the gears from COVID to Eczema for a while here! As if it wasn’t enough to be pondering about COVID and dealing with it, that I bring up yet another maligned piece of information to you around Eczema! Don’t worry, this one is interestingly unique, in that it talks about the ill aspects of Eczema and how best can one deal with it through the course of this pandemic.
Well over 32 Million Americans experience eczema in some of its forms at some of its phase or stage. This accounts for approximately 10% of the total population of the United States!
While it is explained as the inflammatory skin condition, it can be much more than just that due to its tendency to latch on to the age group which tends most, to remain concerned about their physical appearance. Eczema is most common in children, though the majority of the patients suffering from it have known to grow out of it by the time they hit adolescence. Eczema in its form and shapes ranging through dermatitis – dishydrotic, roots under the skin of many irrespective of age (as young as 5 yrs. To as old as 65 yrs.)
With the lockdowns, restrictions on goods movement, parties and gatherings, in general – a complete standstill to how we humans had been living the “normal”, getting past it with another burden could probably be the worst of nightmares for anyone. One such aligns well with those suffering from Eczema amid this pandemic. And this is a quick byte for them to remain upbeat and know that it will pass through eventually.
Shifting back to Reggie and Jamie’s story – well Reggie shares his side of hovering through the pandemic alongside Eczema with these key pointers, that have been working well for him, here’s a quick look at them:
- Symptoms and Home-treatment: both Eczema and Covid mostly hit the immunity and in that the home-treatment for both superimposes itself with taking lukewarm baths, ensuring hand cleansing and sanitization thoroughly. In addition to this one suffering Eczema tends to adhere to softer and fuller fabric of clothes to avoid itch – this leads to lesser bacterial and virus contraction, helping in turn avoiding catching any other form of illness – Covid in particular.
- Medication: Antibiotics are among the top prescriptions by the doctors for those suffering from Eczema. Building a strong facade with such medicines the immune system fights well through the infectious viruses. In addition to these, antiviral and antifungal medicines are a great way to both treat eczema and keep covid contraction at the farthest.
- Lifestyle and routine: Eczema, visibly, is the cause of those irritating itches and skin patches and one of the best home treatments is to contain the patient to clean vicinities – which has become a part of the “new normal” through the pandemic.
Kicking it back to our dialogue between Reggie and Jamie – the excerpt was an interesting showcase of Reggie’s lifestyle and how he looks at things more optimistic than the many of us even when he is the one suffering, from Eczema, between the two and puts up in the most probable zone of Covid impact. I, for one, took back a great deal from this optimism, hope you benefit from it too!