Imagine a constant and intense itch that no amount of scratching can satisfy.

This is the reality of living with eczema, a chronic skin condition that ranges from mild to severe and is characterized by dry, itchy skin that becomes inflamed with raw, red rashes.

A recent survey conducted by the Eczema Society of Canada revealed that eczema significantly impacts the quality of life for sufferers. Sleep is negatively impacted for 79 percent of moderate to severe sufferers with their moods, social interactions, and physical activity also being affected. Sufferers miss work and school due to their condition and it can also interfere with intimacy.

Symptoms go beyond itchiness as well. “For many who live with eczema, pain is also part of daily life — both physically and emotionally,” says Amanda Cresswell-Melville, Executive Director of the Eczema Society of Canada. “We want Canadians to know that eczema is so much more than just dry skin. There is hope, and we are here to help.”

Appropriate skin care is the cornerstone of eczema management. If you suffer with eczema, speak to your doctor about treatments that can help to manage the inflammation and improve your quality of life.

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