If you have read some of our other articles you’ll know we talk about everything eczema related and don’t shy away from hard topics.
But this one is surely one of the hardest to talk about.
After reading an article on CNN’s website ( Link at the bottom of this post) it got us thinking about how many people and even children suffering from extremely severer eczema have had this thought or even asked this question.
It saddens me to think that my own child who suffers from eczema may have uttered these sad words “ can you die from eczema?‘ But looking at Google searches for that sentence it seems over 200 people a month have Googled those words. So we thought we’d look at this topic and try to answer some of your questions.
Can you die from eczema? You can’t die from eczema directly only in very rare cases. The issue with this skin condition and many others are the secondary conditions that are associated with eczema like mental health issues and depression. These conditions often lead to suicides and self-harming.
We have listed some below:
This story about a young nurse in Hong Kong
The story I read was about a young student nurse who has severer eczema and ended up murdering her parents and taking her own life.
Was eczema to blame?
It isn’t 100% clear what drove her to do such a terrible thing and nobody will ever know the truth. But this bright young girl suffered from eczema all her life and when police arrived at the scene of total horror, they found a suicide note written by Pang the young girl suffering from eczema.
In the note, she explained that she couldn’t cope with having long-term eczema anymore.
Pang had previously posted a blog and social media posts saying she couldn’t cope anymore with her condition and the was nothing more to do in life than to ‘ Wait to die”
What help and support did Pang received for her condition we don’t know and in the article, there are lots of information missing.
Why did she kill her parents and what help and support did she receive if any? Did her parent neglect her due to her skin condition? Did they not want a child that had this horrible skin condition?. Where they embarrassed?
Who knows, but whatever the reason it ended with 3 people losing their lives due to eczema.
Can you die from eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that manifests itself in the form of dry, itchy, red and sore skin patches. These can take shape in many forms as there are lots ofdifferent types of eczema. We have written an article to help you identify which one you may have the link is above, but always seek medical advice for an accurate diagnosis.
The condition can have hereditary connections and is exacerbated by external factors like pollution, stress, weather, and allergens. Foods also play a part in controlling eczema.
Whilst eczema isn’t life-threatening, the biggest threat comes from two factors.
These two factors are by far the most common issues when dealing with and living with eczema. The day to day battle to keep eczema under control can have a huge effect on your emotional and physical condition.
This can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.
I can confess after living with eczema for over 48 Years myself I can remember sitting in my bedroom, covered in eczema cream, bleeding and tired and thinking to myself ‘ Why me, I wanna die’
I was one of the lucky ones that were able to control my thoughts and as a fully grown man and Dad to three amazing boys, I can honestly say it made me a stronger man. If I can cope with eczema, bullying at school and relationship issues then I can cope with anything.
Having the condition myself also helped me and my wife deal with our sons severer eczema condition. Although I found it hard sometimes when he had a serious infection. I blamed myself a lot for his pain and suffering.
Eczema and depression
Most people suffering from eczema don’t wake up one morning and think ‘ I want to kill myself ‘ It is normally a slow build up of emotions and the daily battle with eczema that can lead to depression and a low self-esteem.
The telltale signs will be there and you need to talk about the issues you are dealing with someone who cares and will listen.
We always recommend talking to your family or your doctor/GP at the first sign that you are not coping.
Please don’t leave it too long, it will help and there is support out there for you. We have a list of eczema support organizations that will offer help and advice. Click here!
If that poor young girl ‘ Pang’ had some support would she still be alive today? We don’t know but I’m sure it would have helped her.
These amazing companies help thousands of people suffering from eczema each year and they also help the parents cope with the constant care they need to give their children. This can range from daily creaming routines to emotional support.
Read our article called ‘ Eczema and Depression‘ This will give you more advice on caring for someone who has eczema and maybe starting to develop depression caused by eczema.
Infection and daily eczema care
If you suffer from eczema or care for someone with the condition you’ll know that the biggest issue they face is dealing with an eczema infection.
Most people can cope day to day with the constant itching by creaming and moisturizing daily. I don’t know where I would have been without Diprobase Moisturizer it has been my cream of choice for over 10 Years now and I love it. None greasy and easy to apply, it also lasts for hours after applying. I currently apply all over my body three times a day.
If you’d like to try this steroid-free cream then you can purchase it from Amazon I have provided the link above to save you time and money. I buy mine in packs of two, it saves you money.
If you don’t have the correct eczema treatment then you can get eczema infections and flare-ups. This is the real danger of eczema. Infections can be very serious and can be life-threatening if not treated.
You may have read in one of our other posts about our son when he was younger who got an infection in his foot which almost leads to him having his foot amputated. This was such a low point in all our lives and I’m sure thinking back that both myself and my son had depression of some form after this incident.
Thankfully the hospital after a number of weeks got the infection under control.
He was in so much pain and just wanted to give up and I blamed myself for him having the pain and suffering.
It is said that people suffering from eczema are 30-40% more likely to have suicidal thought and suffer from depression. I find this totally shocking but not at all surprising!
What can you do to help?
Seek help and support from professionals and talk to your closest loved ones. Even confide in a friend and let them know you need help.
Reach out to others dealing with similar issues on social media, ensure you talk to people in a safe and secure environment. Facebook groups can help and we have built up some special relationships with sufferers and carers in our own group. The link is here >>> Our Eczema Story <<< if you would like to join.
Read all you can, eBooks, Articles and medical studies can all help you understand your condition better and will give you direction for treatment.
But most of all trust your Doctor, GP, and Dermatologist. They are the ones that can help you the most, ask about new treatments like Dupixent and try different creams. Build a strong relationship with them and then when you suffer a flare-up they may be able to pinpoint the cause and help reduce the danger of it happening again.
Final thoughts: Can you die from eczema
Whatever caused this young girl Pang in Hong Kong to take the lives of her parents and then her own life is a mystery, but eczema certainly seems to have played a part. Can you die from eczema? It seems you can but not from the skin condition alone.
Other factors play a role in causing deaths from people who suffer from eczema.
We are sorry if this article upset you or caused you concern, but there’s no point shying away from hard topics that may come up in your life if you suffer from eczema.
Tackling them now and talking about them could help you in the future.
Please feel free to share your thoughts with us and help other. This website was set up for sufferers and carers to share their own stories to help others.
We are always looking for people to write about their own experiences in eczema blogs. You don’t need to be a professional writer ( As you can see from my poor grammar and spelling lol ) You simply need to have some experience of treating or living with eczema.
Eczema is a tricky beast to deal with, it often fools us into thinking we are on the mend and you start to see signs of improvement. So we automatically start to relax and take our foot off the gas with treatments.
This is the wrong thing to do!
Eczema is known for going into rest bite periods where you feel better and look better. Our subconscious then tells our brain to ease off the treatment and have a break from all that skincare routines we all do. But this is actually the reverse of what you should be doing.
As your body goes into a healing stage where your eczema starts to go away and you feel better you need to continue your daily skincare routine and even step it up a bit. This is the time when your body is accepting treatments rather than when you’re having a flare-up and your body rejects and fights treatments.
Use this time to enhance how good your skin feels and looks, allow the body to store up some moisture and rehydrate your skin.
This is a great time to use natural ingredients and natural remedies to help your skin improve like oatmeal baths, dead sea salt baths. Treat yourself to some natural relaxing and beneficial treatments that won’t be suitable through a time of flare-ups and eczema outbreaks.
Why does my skin flare-ups?
There are a number of reasons why your skin can suddenly flare-up:
Eczema can flare-up if you are too hot or too cold. The hardest part of treating eczema is actually knowing why you’re suffering in the first place. When you first get diagnosed with eczema you need to talk to your Doctor or GP and ask them what type of eczema you have. There are several types of eczema and we explain them in more detail here.
If you have suffered from eczema for a very long time and you suddenly experience a flare-up you, you’ll need to try and identify the cause. Have you changed your diet, are you using a different soap? Something has changed and you need to find it and eliminate it from your life.
You will see in many eczema articles and Eczema blogs that anything that can cause your eczema to worsen is called ECZEMA TRIGGERS. The is a common term used to describe anything that may cause a reaction and affect your skin.
In adults, this is easier as they can express themselves better and help you isolate possible causes. In children, it’s much more difficult as they can’t tell you when they feel worse. You have to look out for unusual sign in their behavior and skin color and dryness. Are they losing sleep? Sleep deprivationcan lead to all sorts of problems if you suffer from eczema ( Atopic Dermatitis )
What are the signs of improving eczema?
Eczema is not only a physical skin condition but it also affects the mind, body, and soul. Look for the obvious signs that your skin is improving and looking more moisturized, but also look for other signs. Are you of the sufferer sleeping better? Has your appetite improved? These are all signs of your eczema improving.
Social interaction is one area that gets overlooked in the world of eczema and eczema research. We hear all the time that suicide rates in Children are on the increase and within the world of eczema and other skin conditions, this is also unfortunately true. We are starting to get more and more emails and letters from parents and younger teenagers who seem to be locking themselves away from the world and isolating themselves from social media, friends and often family.
Look for these signs as well, locking themselves away, not getting excited about Christmas or birthdays. All are signs that eczema is not only causing them physical issues but also mental issues.
Talk to them, read them articles on our website from guest writers to show them they are not alone. Millions of people suffering from eczema turn to social media and websites like our for help and support. Hell, that’s the reason we started Our Eczema Story ourselves. To support our son and try to help him understand he is not alone in this daily battle with eczema.
Like the title of this eczema blog suggests, look for signs of eczema improving and then embrace it. Yes, relax and enjoy the lack of pain, the lack of emotional ups and downs but DON’T STOP YOUR TREATMENTS. Enjoy trying new and natural remedies that will only help improve your skin further.
Try an oatmeal bath, a bit of relaxing comfort whilst improving your skin at the same time. Affordable, easy to do and available to everyone no matter where you live.
What support can you give someone suffering from eczema?
For younger children, you can read them storybooks like Micheals Eczema, these books are written with the sufferer in mind to help them understand they are not alone and they can get better. We highly recommend Micheals Eczema.
Adults and older Teenagers you can download our FREE eczema ebook and also share with them articles on our website that will help them understand their condition better.
Then you have social media where you can follow people as they struggle in their day to day lives with their own conditions and are brave enough to share it with others. Read our good friend and guest writer Shelley-Maries storyon Tumblr a former beauty queen who shares her story to help others. Such an amazing and very brave young lady.
You have Facebook where you can join eczema support groups like ours Our Eczema Story Facebook Group where you are able to ask questions and get advice in a safe and friendly group where people won’t judge you as they are private groups with people going through the same issues as you.
Official organizations and medial support programs, these are often government funded or larger private eczema support companies set up to raise awareness for eczema and raise money for research like our favoriteNational Eczema Society particularly like this organization because you can ring them and speak to someone without appointments and ask questions that your Doctor may not know the answer too. If they don’t know the answer instantly they will find out and get back to you. They offer amazing support and we love them.
Control your environment
Often we have no control over the environment we work in but when we are in the home we can ensure the condition we live in is perfect for our skin.
Humidity in the home is critical for controlling eczema flare-ups. We are big advocates for natural ways to improve our skin and by simply controlling the heat, and humidity within our homes and especially our bedroom where we spend a lot of our time can be really helpful.
Itching is the number one cause of eczema skin infections. We can’t resist scratching those horrible itchy outbursts. I’m no exception even at 48 Years old I can’ stop myself from doing it. So imagine how hard it is for a young child or baby to resist the urge. It’s impossible!
So control the environment around them naturally by using a humidifier. They are a natural, and simple way to control the humidity without causing damp or removing all the moisture from the air.
Read our full review on the Best humidifiers for eczema here and see if you think they will help you. I’m sure they will, it’s our number one most popular article so I’m sure people are finding this helpful. Judging by the responses and messages we get daily they are.
Conclusion: What are the signs that your eczema is improving?
Normally our blogs and posts are about when your skin is bad and how to help you fix it. But this post is just as important as all those others as this will enable you to prolong the good spells.
The times when you can start to enjoy life a bit more, long may those continue and become longer for you.
Of course the aim is to cure your eczema 100% but unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to do that, so those of you like myself that are lifelong sufferers need to grab every chance we can to enjoy life.
The main point of this post was to remind you to still look after your skin even when you see signs that your eczema is improving.
Keep up with your daily routine and don’t take your eye off the ball as eczema will come back and bite you harder than ever.
I’m sorry if this blog isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but living with eczema is anything but, also the fact that eczema and depression go hand in hand. Granted, eczema is a painful condition characterized by feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, questions of “why me” just to mention but a few.
Eczema and depression have often gone hand in hand. Whether you’re suffering from eczema or have a family member agonizing with it, the fact of the matter is that words of encouragement alone don’t cut it.
You feel dejected, alone in this world and more often than not, as if the world has conspired to lock you into a mechanical mode of reaction impossible to resist.
You light up every time you come across the word “eczema remedy” online and desperately try everything to keep the condition behind you.
The fact of the matter is, eczema is more than skin deep. It’s not just about the irritation, the pain, and the discomfort. The reality of the matter is, eczema, also known as dermatitis, has the ability to affect your relationship, self-esteem, career and worst of all, your emotional well-being and mental health. In the UK alone, according to the National Eczema Society, over 6 million children and adults struggle with eczema. It is further projected that 1 in every 12 adults and 1 in every 5 children in the UK have eczema.
That said, what you and I can’t run away from is the rather intrinsic link between eczema and depression. A considerable number of people struggling with eczema are visibly embarrassed with the symptoms of the condition and as such tend to seclude themselves and avoid interacting with others.
Whether real or imagined, they view everyone as critical of them and children bore the brunt of it all as they are made fun of by their peers and in worst case scenarios bullied.
The matter is further compounded by the fact that those who exhibit severe symptoms (atopic dermatitis) tend to suffer from depression a condition which if left unchecked, could lead to suicidal thoughts. Owing to the fact that a lot of people make judgments based on our skin appearance, the psychological impact could be anywhere between anxiety and depression.
The seclusion, lack of social interaction caused by Eczema and depression, low self-esteem, feeling of inadequacy not to mention pockets of bullying and resentment from peers here and there could lead to anxiety and depression. No one is immune to depression especially when their backs are against the wall and constantly feeling inadequate and unloved. It’s not unusual for some people to want to end it all.
A good number have tried suicide, others have locked everyone out and engaging in simple activities ditched owing to the harrowing experience of bullying and resentment (especially among kids with eczema).
So how can you deal with depression when you have eczema?
First of all, it is important to know that you are not alone. I know you might feel as if you are in your own world with no one to turn to. That is far from the truth. Many other people have been where you are and overcame it. You need to keep a positive attitude and block out negative thoughts. Here are some ways you can deal with Eczema and depression.
Get as much information about the condition.
With eczema, ignorance is not bliss. It is essential that you educate yourself and learn as much as possible about the condition. Know what triggers your condition to be able to cope as well as handle any new symptoms that might arise. In other words, be on top of things, don’t despair and believe that a positive attitude can go a long way in remedying the situation.
Be realistic about your condition.
Don’t believe the hype and everything you read online that your condition will disappear overnight. Take it slow, stick to your treatment regimen and gradually, your situation will get better. Some eczema can affect the head and face which can cause distress to the sufferer as it’s a very visible area of the body. Eczema can even cause hair loss which is just another thing to worry about.
Seek support groups
Avoid being solitude or locking yourself up as this can simply aggravate your problem. Lack of socialization will simply worsen your condition and scale up your stress levels. Identify and link up with others who are experiencing the same condition as yours. Open up, talk, encourage each other and learn more about your condition and how to cope with it. Get to know how others deal with anxiety and depression.
Work on reducing stress
Believe it or not, Eczema and depression are not the main reason we have flare-ups. Stress has a direct effect in triggering eczema flares. It is in your best interest to reduce stress as much as possible. Engage in a stress management activity or exercise that works for you such as yoga, meditation, taking deep breathes, Pilates just to mention but a few. Above all, ensure that you get sufficient sleep as lack of sleep can be exhausting, stressful and draining.
How to diagnose depression
When someone has depression it can be difficult for them to imagine that treatment will actually help. They believe there’s nothing a Doctor can do for them, but the sooner they seek help the better.
There are no physical tests to diagnose depression, but your Doctor or GP will want to examine you and carry out some urine or blood tests to rule out any other conditions that have similar symptoms.
Your Doctor or GP will ask you a number of questions to determine if you have depression. By asking you lots of questions about your general health and how the way you feel each day is affecting you mentally or physically.
You need to be as open and honest as possible with your answers. Describing your symptoms and how they’re affecting you will help your Doctor determine whether you have depression and how severe it is. From here your Doctor can start to put a plan of action together to help you, this maybe medication, lifestyle changes or Therapy.
Any discussion you have with your GP will be confidential. This rule will only ever be broken if there’s a significant risk of harm to either yourself or others, and if informing a family member or carer would reduce that risk.
Your Doctor will conduct a full physical examination and ask you a number of simple questions to determine if you have depression. It’s nothing to be worried about and talking will really help. You may have a medical condition causing your depression, which could be treated very easily.
What Is Depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is sadly very common and a serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. If depression is not treated quickly it can have a massive impact on your life. Fortunately, it is also treatable, you must seek professional help from your Doctor or GP.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function both at work and home. If can affect your social interaction with people you love the most. You find yourself pushing everyone away and don’t enjoy life in general. If left untreated it can progress and totally take over your life.
Eczema and Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities and hobbies.
Loss of appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue with no get-up and go.
Feeling worthless or guilty, feeling no one cares and you can stop caring for yourself and others
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide and self-harming
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression. If you have any of the symptoms above for longer than a week please seek medical advice.
Eczema can cause depression for a number of reasons, we recently wrote an interesting article about the Military not accepting people with eczema or discharging people who develop eczema whilst serving in the military or Army. Read how this affected one young man and caused his depression and sent his life spiraling out of control.
If all the above comes to nothing, it is time you sought the help of a professional to help you deal with depression. If you are harboring suicidal thoughts or any kind of harm to yourself, it is imperative that you try and get assistance from a person who can help you through the anxiety and ways through which you can manage your depression. Helpful contact details are available HERE!
In conclusion, it is very important to understand that you are not alone. You might be feeling alone and as if the world is unfair because of your skin condition. Try remedies, talk to others experiencing the same condition, learn as much as possible and above all, have a positive attitude. You can and you will beat eczema!
We have a great article on helpful everyday items that will make life easier for you, everything from Eczema gloves to UV Wands. Click hereto be re-directed to this blog.
There’s nothing harder than caring for your son or daughter who’s suffering from eczema, Not only do you have their skin to care for, you also have their mental state to care for. Read a Mothers story about how she coped or didn’t care for her son. Its heartbreaking but a very truthful account of her experiences with eczema. CLICK HERE TO READ HER STORY