1. Your skin hurts from the inside out.

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2. You may look fine, but you feel pretty awful.

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3. This isn’t shingles or chickenpox …

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4. Or poison oak or ivy, or measles, or mumps.

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5. You can't get it from or give it to anyone — it's not contagious.

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6. So the baby can't catch it at day care ...

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7. People will tell you to “Stop scratching!”

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8. Oh please … like you enjoy scratching!

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9. You might want to rethink that plan to take a nice, hot bath.

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10. Instead, cold showers and moisturizers are your BFFs.

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11. Watch out for scratchy wool.

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12. Did anyone ask if you've tried acupuncture? 

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13. Or other alternative treatments, natural and herbal? Hey, why not?

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14. If it's safe, try whatever works. (But ask your doctor first.)

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15. Now you see it, now you don't. It's like that. Here today, gone tomorrow.

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16. Refer to it as your “cranky skin” because it's so easily irritated.

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17. Make it feel better by treating it gently.

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18. It's a chronic condition — treatable, not curable, but tolerable.

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19. Like a bad penny, it’ll probably come back in a new place at a new time.

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20. BUT, sometimes you can figure out the triggers and avoid them.

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21. Dealing with this condition often calls for military-style planning and strategy.

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22. Ladies, learn to love big, cotton or linen, loose, flowy dresses — they are trendy and comfortable, and don't touch your body!

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23. Keep busy doing things that distract from your discomfort. Sing and dance, learn to paint, start a blog, or go for a walk.

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24. Laughter can be the best medicine.

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25. Do your eczema homework: Knowledge is power.

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26. Accept this for what it is, and remember eczema doesn’t define you.

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27. And you’re not alone. Join a support group. Do it now!

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28. By helping others, you help yourself. Share stories, compare notes.

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29. And take care of yourself, both inside and out. 

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