If you’ve been dealing with eczema or even topical steroid withdrawal, you know for a fact that eczema is painful. Topical steroid withdrawal is painful. Itching is painful. Scratching is painful. The thoughts about our appearance are painful.
Some people may wonder “is eczema painful?” but we eczema warriors know.
Depending on the severity, the pain can vary.
However, there is always something you can do about it.
The tricky part is the minute you wake up, all you can feel is the pain.
Your dry, tight, flaky, itchy, irritated and oozing skin.
Your mind is too preoccupied with all those sensations.
Your brain fog will prevent you from thinking about what can help you ease the pain in those moments.
That’s why it’s important to have a Pain Management Toolbox.
This is why I am even writing about “is eczema painful?”. I wanted to get your attention!
What is the Pain Management Toolbox?
This toolbox is essentially a list of things that will help you ease the pain.
Because during the pain, the last thing you can do is actually think.
This list will save you the trouble from thinking.
So you don’t have to think.
You just have to act.
Create your own toolbox. Print out the list. Keep it nearby. Put it on a sticky note and put it on your mirror. Write it on your whiteboard.
By keeping it nearby, the next time you are in pain, you’ll have the toolbox ready to go.
Below is my list. Feel free to use this, add your own or make one from scratch!
☐ Call in sick
☐ Ask for help
☐ Eat something
☐ Draw or colour
☐ 10 deep breaths
☐ Cancel all plans
☐ Moisturize skin
☐ Have a salt bath
☐ Go back to sleep
☐ Turn on diffuser
☐ Get some fresh air
☐ Play calming music
☐ Spend time outdoors
☐ Light an incense stick
☐ Drink something warm
Think of each of these items as a tool in your toolbox anytime you are in pain. This will help you feel better and get you through the day.
“Is eczema painful?”, yes! But is there anything else I can do about the pain?
I hate to even talk about “is eczema painful?” because we know that it is. But this is for people who are new to eczema or even topical steroid withdrawal.
But you must be wondering, “there has to be something else I can do about the pain?”
In my eyes, there is always something you can do.
For starters, focus on the foods you chose to nourish your body. This will in turn help your body heal from the inside out.
In moments of pain, it’s easy to grab a tub of ice cream or a bag of candy. It will provide temporary relief but it won’t help you with the pain. If anything, it’s going to cause you more pain down the road.
Another thing you could do is work with a Health Coach or a Certified Nutritional Practitioner like me. I’ve been living with eczema for the last 20 years and went through topical steroid withdrawal.
When you work with me, we go through a nutritional deficiency assessment. Based on those results and the state of your skin, I create a personalized healing protocol and meal plan. Still not convinced? Book a free 30min call to find out more!
I understand what you are going through on a physical, mental, and emotional level.
I’ve walked your painful journey and healed myself. I want to help you too.
Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of guidance, coaching, and support.
Everything Eczema was created by Kishok (Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 2023) to help the millions of people around the world who are suffering from atopic dermatitis (eczema) and topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). Our goal is to educate and empower you on how to manage your eczema so you can live your greatest life!Learn more