Eczema can seriously affects a teen's self image. Here's how to deal with it.
Dealing with eczema at any age can be rather difficult, but this condition can take a toll on those who are younger in age, such as during the teenage years. This is because those at a younger age are unable to deal with the side effects as well as those within the older generation.
You can help your teen to cope and improve his or her self-image by taking certain steps.
When you are young, the way that you look is very important. Your looks not only affect the way you feel about yourself, but it can also be a judgmental factor that peers use.
When eczema is present, it can appear in the same manner as acne, except many teens find this particular condition harder to deal with. Unlike acne, eczema appears in the form of a rash. It can often be mistaken to be contagious by those within the younger generation.
When a flare-up occurs, your child may feel uncomfortable with his or her appearance, and may have a difficult time coping with this. While it is not possible to prevent the flare-ups from occurring all together, you can help relieve the redness, inflammation, and lack of self-esteem that comes along with a flare-up. You can also educate your child on steps they can take to help prevent flare-ups from occurring in the first place.
At a young age, your child may not understand exactly what is happening when they have a flare-up from the eczema. By explaining to the teen that this type of flare-up occurs due to the sensitivity of his or her skin, they can grasp a better understanding on the topic, which can often make it easier for them to cope with.
Understanding what is going on with your body is key. It is important to find out which type of eczema your child has, as it helps to determine the factors that trigger flare-ups. Consult your doctor and perhaps suggest an allergy test, is always a good start.
You also want to help your child cope with the effects that the eczema has on his or her self-esteem.
Getting your child the right medical treatment for the condition is the first step towards improving self-esteem, as the side-effects on the condition will be shorter in duration when proper medical treatment is applied. But there are other confidence boosters such as getting exercise, focusing on good behavior and relaxation.
Discussing the reason why your child is experiencing self-esteem issues, and explaining that with the right steps flare-ups are likely to decrease over time, can all help to reduce your child's negative effect on self-esteem.
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