Many people with food allergies also suffer from eczema - a condition that results in the inflammation of the skin. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can cause red and itchy skin, and can flare up periodically.
I have had eczema all my life, and if you look at pictures of me when I was a kid, you will see hives all over my body that made me look like a tomato. Heat would make my eczema worse, and the scratching would get so bad that my skin would bleed. I had to switch elementary schools because I needed air-conditioning. I wasn’t able to go to sleep most nights, because my body would be so itchy, and I just couldn’t stop.
I have tried countless medications including acupuncture, but nothing worked. Last year, my allergist told my family about Dupixent, a prescription medicine that treats moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis. I was a little hesitant to try it because it was an injection that I would have to take every other week. I really hate needles, but I decided to try it because my eczema was getting unbearable.
My mom helped me administer the first injection because I was too scared. Again, I hate needles. As the weeks went on, I realized I needed to learn how to inject myself because I was going to be alone in college. I injected it into my thigh and I discovered that it wasn’t difficult.
I have been on Dupixent for almost a year now, and it has changed my life. I no longer have hives all over my body and I don’t spend three hours itching and scratching myself at night. My skin is clear (except for my face, which is always red). Though I have to inject myself every other week, it is worth it. I don’t have to hide the red spots on my arms and legs anymore, because I don’t have any. When I administer the injection, I have my roommate or sister tell me a funny story to distract me from the needle.
I highly suggest looking into this medication. Consult your allergist or doctor about Dupixent to see if you are eligible.