Saturday, February 05, 2011


In a post Why I Became Homeless, The Homeless Guy (Kevin Barbieux) writes:

"With every case of homelessness you will find a combination of a personal problem and a negative reaction to that problem from friends and family." and "...throw in a heavy dose of reject and mistreatment for those problems, and you will have a homeless person."

The words dermatitis and eczema are often interchangeable. Imagine a teenage girl wearing long-sleeve blouses to cover up the gauzy sleeves she had to wear. No covering up the raw, red oozing sores on arms during gym class. I am talking about Indian Summer days, spring and hot days of June ~ no air conditioners in school back then. Most classmates were wearing short sleeves and I likely stuck out like a sore thumb.

Add to that eyes so red, I was asked "Why are you crying?". I think I was not believed by one person when I said, "I am not, it is hay fever." Why was it called Hay Fever, there was no hay anywhere within miles of my childhood home. Why not call it Ragweed Fever; mom said it was due to ragweed whatever that is. I stayed indoors much of the summer. I would wet a washrag with cold water, then stand directly in front of an air conditioner (and why are they not called Air Coolers, things that produce heat are called heaters, not air anything).

I would hold the rag on my eyes, then move it over the vents and let the cool air blow into my eyes. Oh lord! What did I know about air conditioner filters, uncleaned, and dust particles? Nothing. Can not say that I faced rejection on account of my arms and red eyes, one dripping puss or blood the other tears. I was not a popular student. Being excruciatingly shy added to my overall feeling of being "on the outside looking in", which is probably why I loved the Little Anthony and the Imperials tune popular at the time.

Do not recall negative reactions to those problems from family. I think most of my siblings suffered from hay fever. Mine went away after I left home and never returned. My mother was fond of saying "our system changes every seven years", thus I assumed my body changed. But that did not explain why older brother, Richard's system did not change and he continued to suffer from Hay Fever his entire adult life.

What I found interesting in my travels from gluten to dermatis is: Although it is an inherited disease, eczema is primarily aggravated by contact with or intake of allergens. It can also be influenced by other factors that affects the immune system such as stress or fatigue. Atopic eczema consists of chronic inflammation; it often occurs in people with a history of allergy disorders such as asthma or hay fever.

Info from Wikipedia which many do not consider a reliable source of info.

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