When I was younger I used to get patches of eczema on the backs of my legs. But as I grew older, the worst part was actually on my wrist and on my hands, and I sometimes got little patches on the tops of my arms.
I've always been conscious that my eczema may be unpleasant to look at - particularly if it's on my hands - but usually it appears on places I can cover up. I can't say that it's made me lose confidence or anything like that. More than anything, it just really annoys me.
I can usually sense when I'm about to have a skin flare-up, but I'm not sure what the exact triggers are. A friend of mine recommended I try Eumovate and it seemed to take that rawness and tenderness away pretty quickly. It also helped to prevent my skin from cracking again.
Now I find it reassuring and useful to keep a tube in the house. And if I go on holiday, I always pack some just in case my skin flares up.
Washing-up or hand washing clothes has always been a problem. Usually I try to avoid putting my hands in water, but I hate wearing rubber gloves. I know they protect you but I find they actually aggravate my hands because they are very sweaty.
One time I did put my hands in water without gloves on and they became very dry and some of the skin cracked, making it really sore. But after a couple of applications of Eumovate, my hands started to heal and were much less painful.