Himesh was diagnosed with eczema when he was 10/11 years old during a stay in hospital with a serious skin infection. He has since been attending a children’s dermatology clinic and, over the years, has used a number of different creams and other medications.
Himesh was first told that he had eczema after he was admitted to hospital with a serious skin infection around age 10 or 11. This came as a shock as Himesh had not had any major problems with his skin before and because eczema more commonly develops in younger children. Himesh has since been attending a children’s dermatology clinic which has been really helpful, especially the nurses who offer new treatments and spend time explaining them to him. He will shortly be moving to an adult dermatology clinic and worries that there will be less support in helping him manage his eczema.
Having had eczema for 6 years, Himesh is confident that he knows how to manage his skin condition well. He has experience of a number of different creams, emollients, bath oils and tablets as well as of night clothes made from a special fabric. The routine for managing his eczema is very time consuming as it involves lots of activities and different medicated products such soap substitutes. He is dedicated to the routine but does not like that the treatments make his skin feel heated up and uncomfortable.
Eczema interferes in various ways with Himesh’s home life, education, social activities and confidence. For example, he previously enjoyed playing football but recently took up tennis instead because it does not require him to be in contact with grass. Himesh dislikes that his eczema makes it especially difficult to keep up with school work; he sometimes needs time off for dermatology and GP appointments, for stays in hospital with infections and because he needs to reapply creams in between classes. He also finds it disappointing that he cannot wear the kinds of fashionable clothes that he likes because the fabrics can flare up’ his eczema and he also misses using regular’ hair styling products.
Himesh hopes that his skin will continue to improve and that he might eventually grow out of it. He was aware that the emollients and ointments he currently uses may not always be effective and that he may have to try others. He feels that he has learnt a great deal through his experiences of having eczema and he is keen to help others by sharing this knowledge.