Thursday, November 6, 2014

Not Eczactly a Great idea

I thought about simply glossing over the fact that I haven’t blogged in a week because I’m pretty embarrassed by my explanation, but I figure what could be more embarrassing than this, so here we go…

Something I haven’t discussed on this blog is that I have pretty severe eczema, which is a chronic skin condition that gives me itchy rashes all over my body periodically and randomly.  These rashes can be worsened by food allergies, environmental allergies, sweat, and pretty much just existing on this planet. It’s SO fun.

 I have tried practically everything to alleviate the symptoms—cutting foods out of my diet, cold showers only, no fragrances, only wearing cotton—and still I get these uglyyy splotches just about every month. I recently read on the internet about a method I surprisingly hadn’t tried where you wash your infected areas with Tar Shampoo.  Of course, even on the unreliable internet, there were many warnings about first asking a doctor before attempting this method. I’ll give you one guess whether I heeded that warning…

I naively thought, maybe, this could be the silver bullet I’ve waited and waited for. So I tried it out (sans doctor approval). The first day it actually worked. My hands seemed clearer than ever. I was unbelievably thrilled and excited to put my eczema days behind me. But then, my symptoms suddenly worsened. I was barely able to work or sleep as my hands, arms, legs, and chest were in a constant state of ON FIRE with pain and itchiness for three days. It also looked pretty effing horrifying as well.

The worst part is, I kept using the tar shampoo for those 3 days even after my symptoms got worse. I just so wanted it to be the cure that I hoped for that I pretended my symptoms weren’t related to this new method I was trying.  

I’ve now stopped the madness, and with the help of my doctor, am back on track of managing rather than curing my eczema. Why am I sharing this with you? Well, one, I figured my absence needed an explanation. But, two, I also think there are some take away’s from this little experience.

1)      ALWAYS ask a doctor before messing with your health—hopefully for you that’s a no brainer, but if not, please learn from my giant mistake
2)      There aren’t many silver bullets in this life, so if something seems too good to be true, proceed with caution
3)      Managing a problem can sometimes be a better option than trying out a bunch of crazy solutions.

Happy weekend and hope to be back to more frequent blogging soon!! 


  1. Witty headline haha. I have eczema as well, although it's quite mild. There's no cure all product so it's something to live with at this point. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

    1. I know--I'm trying to just embrace that idea and not get sucked into any "quick fixes"!