Here is week 5 update for my eczema treatment while on Narrowband UVB phototherapy. These photos were taken on June 13, 2014.
These photos were taken after my phot0therapy booth Visit #9, the dose was increased by 10% from 484 joules to 532 joules and I was in there for 3:42 minutes.
(Photos taken on June 13, 2014)
As I’m posting this now instead of on June 13th when these photos were taken I don’t remember too much other than my skin being very itchy and irritating. Compared to my week 4 update for my right hand you can see it getting better just a bit on all three fingers excluding the index finger which doesn’t have eczema on it. For my left hand fingers it seems more flaky and dried and you can still see the small little cut on my pinky finger from last week. I get these little cuts a lot from eczema. It’s when your eczema makes your skin very delicate and dry, when you curl your fingers the skin rips as it expands, and it doesn’t bleed but hurts like hell! It gets extremely itchy so band aids are out of the question, I try to moisturize it well as best as I can whenever possible, but even that doesn’t help sometimes since I would rub the lotion right off to relieve my itchy eczema cut.
The eczema on my mouth seems about the same after a week. It is actually a tiny bit better for the inside of my lips compared to the last week‘s photo. Also note that because of the prominent area of eczema on top of my mouth I am unable to grow a normal mustache. You can only see some mustache hair on the left and right side of my top lip.
My neck became worse for week 5. It was very irritating, you can see the irritating redness mostly on the throat and the left and right side of my neck. You can see the red sore area on the right, it shows some of my skin peeled off from all the itching. You can also see some flaky skin on the top right. I should have shaved on these days for a more clearer look on my eczema. Luckily I do not have any eczema on my small beard so you aren’t missing much.
Here are more angles of the neck with eczema for an alternate view. Notice the new crusty skin that that my eczema turned into compared week 4. I really hated the really hot days when my eczema was active, if you suffer from eczema you would understand why! It stings very badly when the salty sweat covers your eczema cuts, the feeling is almost nearly as painful as using rubbing alcohol to disinfect a cut from your skin and that hurts! imagine working out in a very hot day! Ouch! In the last pic above the brown mark on the right side of my neck is actually a beauty spot so don’t let it fool you haha.