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Eczema in the Spotlight: Embracing Eczema Awareness Month with Dr. Dekker’s Healthcare Covered Consultations 🌟

Eczema, a common yet often misunderstood skin condition, affects millions of Canadians every day. Imagine starting each day with itchy, irritated skin that no cream or lotion can seem to calm. Thankfully, there’s a special month called Eczema Awareness Month that puts the spotlight on this condition, offering much-needed support and information to those affected.

In this article, we’ll dive into what causes eczema, its symptoms, and how common it is in Canada. We’ll also explore why Eczema Awareness Month is so important, the various efforts and campaigns that rally behind eczema sufferers, and don’t forget that Dr. Dekker is offering provincial healthcare-covered consultations to help. By the time you finish reading, you’ll have a solid grasp of this condition and how you can make a positive impact in the lives of those dealing with it.

Understanding Eczema: What Causes It and What Are the Symptoms?

eczema rash on an arm

Let’s start by understanding eczema better:

  • Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition causing itchy, red, and dry skin. It’s a condition that, while often manageable, can be incredibly disruptive to daily life, affecting everything from sleep to self-esteem.
  • People of all ages, from little babies to adults, can experience it, and it can significantly impact daily life. In children, it’s particularly common, affecting around 15-20%, but adults can develop eczema too, even if they had it as children.
  • While we don’t have all the answers about what causes eczema, it often runs in families or is linked to allergies like asthma or hay fever. Researchers believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors plays a role. Things in the environment, like certain irritants, allergens, stress, and changes in temperature, can make eczema symptoms worse.

Eczema by the Numbers in Canada

little boy with eczema on his cheek

 Understanding the prevalence of eczema in Canada is crucial:

  • Over 2.3 million Canadians are affected by eczema, making it a common skin condition. It’s estimated that one in every nine Canadians lives with eczema, highlighting the need for awareness and support.
  • Eczema often starts in childhood, affecting around 15-20% of Canadian children. These young individuals face unique challenges in managing their condition, and it often extends into adulthood. 
  • Adults can develop eczema for the first time or see it return even if they had it as children. Eczema doesn’t discriminate based on age, and its impact on adults’ daily lives can be substantial.

Why Eczema Awareness Month Matters

girl scratching her arm.

Eczema Awareness Month plays a significant role in improving the lives of those affected:

It raises awareness about eczema’s challenges and encourages empathy and understanding.

When we understand the difficulties that eczema brings, it makes us more compassionate and willing to support better education, treatment, and resources for those who need it.

Initiatives and campaigns educate the public about triggers and effective management.

During Eczema Awareness Month, you’ll find educational materials, events, and online resources that teach about the importance of keeping your skin moisturized, having the right skincare routine, and avoiding things that make eczema worse. These initiatives empower not only those with eczema but also their loved ones with the knowledge to handle the condition better and reduce its impact on daily life.

Dr Dekker using a prob to examine a rash

The month catalyzes research and innovation for better treatments and potential cures.

By focusing attention and resources on finding better therapies and potential cures, this month-long campaign helps advance our understanding of eczema and leads to better outcomes for those who deal with it. It encourages researchers, healthcare professionals, and advocacy groups to work together, sharing knowledge and expertise.

It fosters a supportive community for individuals and families dealing with eczema.

Eczema can sometimes feel isolating, but during Eczema Awareness Month, various initiatives and campaigns work to connect people, allowing them to share their experiences, seek advice, and find comfort in a community of people who understand what they’re going through.

Tips for Supporting Eczema Awareness Month

Dr Dekker examining patient's arm

Here are some actionable tips for supporting Eczema Awareness Month and making a positive impact:

1. Educate Yourself

Dive deep into learning more about eczema, its causes, triggers, and available treatments. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to raise awareness and provide support. 

2. Spread Awareness

Utilize your platform, whether it’s social media, a personal blog, or your local community, to share facts, articles, and personal stories about eczema. The power of spreading awareness cannot be overstated.

3. Participate in Events

Attend local or online events related to eczema management, treatment, and awareness. These events often provide valuable insights and connect you with a community of like-minded individuals.

4. Support Eczema-Friendly Brands

Opt for skincare products that are tailored for sensitive skin, as they can be especially beneficial for individuals with eczema. Supporting eczema-friendly brands helps promote products that prioritize skin health.

a woman applying cream on her rash

5. Advocate for Policies

Get involved in advocacy efforts to improve policies related to eczema treatment and support services. This can have a lasting impact on the quality of care available to eczema sufferers.

6. Show Empathy

If you know someone dealing with eczema, offer your support and understanding. Sometimes, a kind word or gesture can make a world of difference to someone facing the daily challenges of eczema.

7. Share Resources

Share informative resources, support groups, and counselling services with individuals affected by eczema. Connecting them with valuable resources can significantly improve their quality of life.

8. Encourage Self-Care

Promote self-care and mental health awareness among eczema sufferers. Managing eczema can be emotionally taxing, and emphasizing the importance of self-care can be truly impactful.

Dr Dekker talking to a patient

By implementing these tips, you can actively contribute to Eczema Awareness Month and make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by eczema. Together, we can raise awareness, improve support systems, and advance research efforts, bringing us one step closer to a world where eczema no longer limits lives.

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Megan Nicholls

Megan graduated with honours in 2011 from Georgian College, Ontario, as a practical nurse. She has completed extensive training and certification in the fields of dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Megan specializes in BOTOX® and filler injections, medical-grade skincare, assessment and treatment of varicose and spider veins, and the application of light and energy-based technologies, to name a few. She is qualified as a Certified Management Professional, and a Certified Aesthetic Consultant and is currently undertaking a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Megan serves as our Director of Operations, where she leads our team with the vision of providing unrivalled products and services while utilizing the concepts of the "Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health" program from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.