Complementary Therapies
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Having a skin condition can take its toll. Patients with atopic dermatitis, acne, or psoriasis report a more diminished quality of life than do patients with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or angina (a common and disabling heart condition). Connecting with others who face the challenges of living with a skin condition can help boost self-esteem and ease feelings of isolation. Here are some ways to connect:

Support Group
Spending time with others facing similar situations and just talking about experiences can boost self-esteem and confidence.

To provide families with this kind of support, the U.S. National Eczema Association (NEA) offers support groups and telephone support for people living with atopic dermatitis/eczema and for their families. For contact information, visit the NEA’s Support Group Leader and Telephone Support Contacts.

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery offers children with skin conditions an opportunity to meet and develop bonds with others in their age group. Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, campers can participate in fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, arts and crafts, and just plain fun.

By the end of the week, it is common to hear kids say, “The best thing about camp is that it gives you self-confidence for the whole year.” To learn more about this camp, which is offered free of charge to children with skin conditions, visit the Camp Discovery Web site.

The NEA offers an annual conference for people of all ages who have atopic dermatitis or care for someone who does. During the conference, participants have the opportunity to share experiences with others who face similar challenges and to learn more about eczema. In this relaxed setting, kids can enjoy a camping experience with other children who have atopic dermatitis. Adults can join support sessions and attend medical presentations. Everyone has an opportunity to meet dermatologists and ask questions.

For more information about this annual conference, send an e-mail message to

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“For most lifelong eczema sufferers, our skin seems to become the external wall of a fortress that does not keep us in as much as it keeps other people away.”

Irene Crosby
“Prison Blues”
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,
July 2004





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