Update on Joseph’s Eczema
Summer has finally arrived here, and with it comes shorts, and people asking about Joseph’s now exposed eczema. I don’t mind the questions, but to really appreciate what’s been going on, you need to see what things were like a year ago.
Joseph’s eczema started when he was 2 months old. When he was 3 months old, it was so bad I took him to the doctor. Behind his knees was the worst, but it was also behind his elbows, on his neck, and on his stomach. I got a prescription for hydrocortisone, and decided to try a wheat-reduced diet to see if it would help.
A month later, most of the redness had gone away. I soon learned that when I did eat wheat, the redness would flare back up (among other problems). As we discovered his other allergies, whenever he had a reaction either from a food challenge, or accidentally eating something he shouldn’t, the eczema would flare up again. Hence, it has never completely healed.
And there you have what it is now. It is gone from everywhere except behind his knees, and on his ankles. Why is his right leg so much worse than his left leg? It’s because he is right handed, and so became coordinated enough to scratch his right leg before he could scratch his left leg. So the left leg had more time to heal. I regularly put Aquaphor on it, and put hydrocortisone on when he has a flareup. I can’t wait for the day that it heals completely.
Edit: I’ve posted an update on how he’s doing one year later.