Bizarre, but makes sense, and highlights how sensitive our immune systems can be. If tiny amounts of allergen can cause such severe trouble, it seems more plausible to me that the broken skin of eczema can expose young children to allergens that might sensitize the body for life.
I've read through The Advocate once now (get this-- that picture of the torn-up foot on page 5-- I read that page while I was eating dinner, that's how DEsensitized I am to eczema) and, once again, I appreciated it on several levels.
- I feel better by comparison, because some people out there evidently have it much worse than me and my daughter
- I feel like I belong to a wider community facing the same challenges we do
- I'm interested to hear advice from leading scientists in the field on day-to-day therapy and some of the more advanced/extreme options
Earlier this year, Voov had some terrible staph all over her hands. She was crying all the time and her hands were all blistered and bloody and crusty and you couldn't even see a spot of decent skin. Naturally, we were on vacation. We got back home and Voov went on some antibiotics and her skin cleared up all over her body. Then, bingo, I suddenly developed a staph infection, a lovely one on the back of my head. It cleared up by itself, fortunately. In these six-kid families that have multiple members with eczema, they must pass an infection around for months, keeping it alive like a sourdough starter.