bai hafte / ਬਾਈ ਹਫ਼ਤੇ / twenty-two weeks

It’s been a while since I last posted! I didn’t even know what week I was on before I wrote this blogpost. In this blogpost I’m going to write a brief summary of each week that has passed since my last one. My eczema as of right now is relatively manageable and definitely better than it has been since the first four months!

Week 17 – During the weekend I went to Chicago for a school reunion! The patches on my hands went through a flare – whenever I itched ooze and  blood would come out. I started using a new oil on my hands because I couldn’t bring coconut oil with me on the airplane – S.W. Basics Three Ingredients Original Cream. I also kept my hands wrapped up for most of the week because they were really sore. My fingers didn’t go through a flare (yay!). My face oozed a bit on the sides but only at night.Read More »

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giara hafte / ਗਿਆਰਾਂ ਹਫ਼ਤੇ / eleven weeks

I haven’t updated in a while but I’ve learned so much in the past two weeks!

  • Blood Test: I took a blood test and found out that I am slightly allergic to cow’s milk, sesame seeds, shrimp, and egg whites. Since finding out (during week 10) I’ve eliminated these items from my diet to the best of my ability. I see that I’m relatively less red! The results also told my that I had low Vitamin D and Iron. I’m already taking Vitamin D supplements and I started to take Iron supplements.
  • Tamanu Oil: I went to the Saturday Morning Market at the start of Week 11 and bought Tamanu Oil from a vendor. She said that it would reduce the inflammation on my hands and it definitely has! The patches on my hands are less red!
  • Epsom Salt Bath: At the beginning of week 10 I soaked my hands in epsom salt water. That was when my dyshidrotic eczema was at it’s worth. It helped a bit because my hands were also super flaky and I was able to get rid of those flakes in a less painful manner. I also felt that my hands were less itchy after the hand baths.
  • Exfoliation: After trying the hand baths, I decided to try and exfoliate my hands to get rid of my flakes. I started to realize the flakes were making my hands extremely itchy, especially while I was sleeping! It helped out a lot but the problem was with exfoliating I was in a way scratching my hands and would go overboard with it.

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saban / ਸਾਬਣ / soap

Before I talk about my new discovery, I want to talk about positivity. This is an extremely difficult process to go through but the thing that is getting me through it is my optimism. At this moment I have cotton gloves on my hands and I can barely move my fingers. I feel so useless because I can barely pick something up in fear that I will rub my hand eczema on it and cause weeping. However, because I am hopeful and look at the positive side of my eczema in terms of how it is improving, I don’t feel down and hopeless. Months from now (maybe years) I hope to be eczema free. The crazy thing is my parents are the ones who are worried and sad for me, but I keep telling them and myself that I am healing.

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