Father, Business Owner, Living With Atopic Dermatitis Since Childhood
Jason is not defined by his eczema, but he's afraid that's what people see first. On a bad day, it keeps him from doing the things he loves. He has to observe instead of participate—and that isn't easy. Watch his story and get to know Jason.
Jason: My name is Jason and I'm living with eczema. Today's good day. My skin is mostly pink. It looks a little bit agitated. On a bad day I have open, oozing sores that turn into a gigantic scab that covers my entire body. I would like to say that eczema hasn't really impacted the things I do, but it does. It stops me from going mountain biking when I want to. On a hot day, I can't handle the sweat on my skin. The sweat burns on the open rashes. I have a swimming pool at home that I thought would be really nice, I could spend some quality family time. <chokes up> I've never really been in it. I watch my kids from a distance. I don't get to participate. You know, as a small child my mother would see my flares and she would want to touch me and rub my arm to make me feel better. The salt from the tiniest little bit of sweat on her hand felt like acid and it burned and it made me react violently and mean. I was mean to my mother. And I hope it didn't hurt her but I think it did. To this day I don't like people to touch me. On a day-to-day basis the hardest thing for me to deal with eczema has always been to not present the condition as who I am. That's not the part of me I want people to know. It's the part of me that unfortunately people see first.
Jason is one of 1.6 million adults in the U.S. who live with uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe eczema(atopic dermatitis). It's time to speak out about eczema. Eczema Exposed.