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:
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
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
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