World Atopic Eczema Day on September 14 is an annual awareness day to recognise the impact eczema can have and raise the standards of care.
Atopic eczema is incredibly difficult on patients and their families, seriously impacting daily life.
An individual’s health and the overall wellbeing of families can be severely impaired by the disease.
World Atopic Eczema Day reminds people affected by atopic eczema that they are not alone. Patients and families are encouraged to mark the day by connecting and helping others gain understanding of the disease impact by sharing their stories.
Eczema Outreach Support mark World Atopic Eczema Day every year with exciting events.
Our 2021 Atopic world Eczema Day events
‘Eczema Matters: EOS in conversation with Dr Alpa Kanji’
Eczema Outreach Support met on Zoom for our webinar ‘Eczema Matters: EOS in conversation with Dr Alpa Kanji’.
During this free event, Dr Kanji shared her experience of treating children with eczema covering different treatment options, allergies and helpful hints and tips on managing the condition. There was also be a Q&A session.
Dr Kanji is currently a registrar at Imperial NHS Trust and an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College, London. Dr Kanji understands the profound impact eczema can have on families and is passionate about helping them to manage the condition.
This webinar was part of Eczema Outreach Support’s World Atopic Eczema Day celebrations and was completely free to attend for both our members and non-members. If you missed the event, you can watch it here.
‘More than itchy skin’ – the premiere!
The premiere of ‘Eczema – More than Itchy Skin’ was held on September 18, 2021 and was a great success!
As well as being one of the first to see our animation, participants got to find out why we created it, hear from the young people that were involved in making it as well as the animator who helped bring it all to life.
Publicity from World Atopic Eczema Day 2021
Amy’s eczema story was printed in the Liverpool Echo to coincide with World Atopic Eczema Day.
Amy, a member of Eczema Outreach Support’s Youth Panel shared her journey from being diagnosed as an infant to now studying medicine at St Andrew’s University and hoping to become a dermatologist one day.
She said: “I hadn’t heard about EOS when I was a child but it could have made a big difference to my life.
“You can feel very alone, like the only person in the world with eczema and have to deal with a lot of misconceptions. People would tell me I will grow out of it, or that this wonder cream will cure it but that isn’t the case.
“I’d even get children refusing to hold my hand if I had a flare up because they thought it was contagious.
“I often felt doctors didn’t understand me and belittled what I was going through so I want to become a doctor and make sure my patients are receiving the best possible care.
“Experiencing eczema myself and being around dermatology departments and clinical trials has definitely influenced my career path and I’m just keen to get out there and help people.”
You can read all about it here.