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The never-ending itch, but the burning pain when you actually scratch - only eczema sufferers will know this absolute torture.
Don't even talk about running your cracked hands under hot water, sweet Jesus, ouch.
Eczema's a pain in the arse (or the hand, knee, face, wherever the bastard appears).
Now, new research suggest that there could be a better solution to your itchy problems - and it's our old friend marijuana.
Smoking it (probably) won't make any difference - sorry to disappoint - but when applied as a lotion or an ointment it could well take away the itch.
The research has come from the National Eczema Association (NEA), who sound like the sort of people who'd know a thing or two about the condition.
There are also dermatologists across the U.S. who have produced research supporting the method.
Cannabinoids have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory purposes, which bind to receptors in the skin when you apply a topical lotion, and can reduce itching and redness.
It can also help to control the bacteria that causes the itchy skin condition.
Although it's not exactly regularly prescribed at the minute, it's been claimed that medical cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemo, improve chronic pain, and even possibly reduce PTSD.
The lotions go by a few different names that you might recognise - weed cream, THC lotion, CBD salve, but they're effectively all the same thing.
Dermatologists reckon it's a good alternative for treating atopic dermatitis (AD), which is the most common type of eczema.
There's not much research into the long-term effects of the treatment, mostly because it's not well regulated yet.
We wouldn't advise trying to order anything off the internet - there's no way to know what else might be in the cream you're ordering.
If you suffer with eczema, you probably also suffer with very sensitive skin, so proceed with caution.
Only one agent in marijuana actually gets you high, and that's THC. You only need a very small amount of cannabinoids to have a positive effect on your skin, which won't get absorbed - so you won't be getting the munchies from this eczema cream.
Hopefully we can all soon get rid of this bitch of an itch for good.
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