The facts…


Twenty something years old. A lover of all things old, Yorkshire tea and anything made out of cheese. Currently going through topical steroid withdrawal and shall be sharing my journey with laughter and tears along the way.โค

I want this to be a place whereย we can learn, gain tips, share experiences and support each other. Friends and family will always be there but sometimes it takes a fellow eczema sufferer to truly understand. So, that’s what I’m here for, I’m here for those 2am scratching fests and those tears before having to venture out in public or go to work, and just simply for those quiet moments when you just need a little support to put a smile on your face. You can’t tell how much suffering is on a face that is always smiling.ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Well,ย  I suppose I should explain who I am and why I feel the need to do this.

My name is Amy-Louise but I like to go by the name of Amy-Lou as it’s far more cool and hip!๐Ÿ˜‰ I need a name to match my reputation and as I’m known for being the coolest kat (spelt with a ‘K’ for added coolness) around I thought Amy-Lou was rather fitting.

Ok, ok, I’m completely lying! I am far from cool and definitely not hip. Unless having flaky, patchy, bleeding skin and having to constantly apply cream to stop itching and creating what can only be described as a snow storm when anyone walks past, is classed as ‘cool’ then I’d say I’m very much the opposite!

I pride myself on being a geek, being cool is so over-rated these days!๐Ÿ™‚

Why am blogging about my eczema you may be thinking, well, it’s most certainly not to parade my flaws all over the internet for the world to see, it is simply for you guys! For all of you suffering with this agonising disorder, for all of you that have lost your confidence because of the way it’s made you look and feel, for all of you who are at the end of your tether and feel you have no escape from this itchy shadow that controls your life and for those of you who are having to support someone going through this terrible, life changing, mental and physical problem.

I’m hoping to help all you unfortunate people out there by documenting my life experiences and in the process of doing so I am also kind of hoping to help myself get through one of the hardest times of my life. I will be discussing everything from products, clothing, techniques, tips and sharing information that could, in some cases, be life changing.

I’d love to hear all about your experiences and any of those awkwardly humorous moments you may have encountered due to your eczema nightmare.๐Ÿ˜€

So if this sounds like your cup of yorkshire tea then click that subscribe button and join me on my journey through ‘Topical Steroid Withdrawal’. You can also catch me on Instagram @cheese_isakindofmeat

Together we can, and we will beat eczema.๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. oh and to add on my previous comment my 14 month old son is allergic to garden peas it is the family of legumes (legume allergy) we found out after 4 times of him bein sick, on 4 separate occasions he would throw up everything he had ate that day and by only eatin 3-6 peas:/ so i got fed up and went to the doctors he didnt even need to send us off for testing he knew straight away but we got it confirmed and it is realy common in eczema suffers he would eat them and throw all his food up he would choke and not want to drink water he would then break out in red rash al over his hands with what i can describe as white nettle rash aswel, he would then hve a little red rash around his mouth under his nose, but I would then shower him down and put cream on and soon as i do that the rashes disappear, i dread to think what if he ate more peas but i dnt think he would let me feed him more because as soon as he at the 3-6 peas (in his mash potatoes) he would throw it al up so after thinking to him having peas previous to his last bout of vomiting i knew it was peas! who would of thought it? I certainly didnt know you could be allergic to peas! im thinking if hes allergic to peas he may be allergic to peanuts.. definitely getting him
    tested for nuts, any other food he eats he is never sick straight after or chokes its just peas! glad i got him tested!

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  3. Hi Amy Lou – I’m a 20 something from Melbourne also and have just recently turned my back on steroid creams/ointments too and so far….so good. Lots of changes here and there and have started using natural products which seem to have worked. I’m now focusing on getting flare outs around my eyes to a minimum. Good Luck on your Journey – people who don’t have eczema just don’t get how freaking hard it is living with it.
    With Love, xx

    1. GREAT to hear of your success!! … I have been 100% natural/organic/ etc from the start. (So whenever people recommend this or that remedy it’s like almost ‘painful’ … My close friends laughed and said i was definitely the most HEALTHY person suffering with Eczema out there..) BUT one new product that i stumbled on, and which is still use NOW . (I’m like 94% clear,….. TRULY am so so so so amazed and thankful) is from a brand called “Odylique” (based in UK/France, but they have a US website too) especially “REPAIR LOTON” .. It actually seems to ‘knit up’ my skin especially if i wud have scratched. (I usually wud run cold cold water over my sore patches after scratching, then put on what ever i was gong to put on) …. Wonderful product. I actually in my fed up ness made a Facebook page for anyone looking for alternative answers for eczema and psoriasis called “The Eczema Expert” haha… ALL the BEST.. Sending love to you… It’s a tough one, Been there, still navigating thru it, But so grateful for all the ‘LESSONS’ learned thru it… xXx

      1. Hi just about to try oatmeal for my daughters eczema. Should i mix it with milk or just water?. Thanks

      2. I always used just water. Dairy can irritate the skin. I cut dairy out for about 5 months and noticed a big difference. I’m back to eating dairy again but it moderation. If I’ve eaten a lot of cheese and drank a lot of milk, I definitely notice a huge difference the next day. My skin certainly suffers. So yes, just mix it with warm water. Don’t make the water too hot because you don’t want to cook the oats. Let me know how you get on and whether it helps. Thank you. Amy-Lou x

  4. Hi my daughter has this condition and it’s true it’s awful but she copes with it every day she is only 17 and it breaks my heart to see her suffering. I hope a cure can be found so her life and the lives of others can be at peace. What can I do fed up of GPs giving her steroids and barrier cream nothing as worked as yet, please advise!! Thanks jazzy bee X. Good luck on your journey xx

    1. Hi Jasmin, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I know exactly what she’s going through and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to watch someone you love go through such a tough time and feeling like there’s nothing you can do. If she’s been using steroids, she may be suffering from ‘Topical Steroid Addiction’ which is what I’ve been battling. If you go to https://didsomeonesaycheese.wordpress.com/the-facts-what-is-topical-steroid-withdrawal/ I go into more detail regarding what a topical steroid addiction is. Unfortunately the journey to recovering from a steroid addiction is hard but it is all totally worth it when you can live a normal life again without eczema dictating everything you do. Have a read anyhow and let me know if you think this may be the problem. If so, I can offer help and support throughout the withdrawal process. If your daughter has instagram, she can find me on there as @cheese_isakindofmeat and there I document my every day life. I think she would really benefit from following my account because it’s also a space where everyone can offer advise, talk, and laugh about living with eczema. It has helped me a lot with confidence to know I’m not alone. Sending love to you both. Amy-Lou x

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  6. Hi,
    Im kinda in the same situation as you.
    My eczema was crazy wordst after i gsve birth. After 4 dermatologists, the last one toldme i have eczema herpeticum, which is eczema but exaberated by herpes simplex, the one that everyone has and prescribe me an antiviral… Its been a week im on it and after 2 days i already saw a big difference… Its doesnt have any side effects or little n is worth a try she told me… If you have a lot of eczemaon your euelids, face and neck … This might be worth a try

  7. Hey Amy-lou, great that you are doing this. Eczema sucks, like, really sucks. Totally know where you are coming from. Had it for years. Tried everything. The only thing that works for me is Protopic. Great that you are bringing this condition to the attention of others and hope your itching subsides.

  8. thanks for writing this – really made me remember the pain and anguish i went through – been clear for nearly 7-8 years now – mine was stress and pollen / grasses / house dust mites brought on by a stressful time (moving from the UK to Australia) – now its about 5% of what is used to be so basically a normal like (but no soap etc)

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