>> Monday, 28 May 2012
We all know that children can be incredibly cruel to those who they think are ‘different’ to them. This can apply to a whole range of issues, but physical appearance is often high on the list, especially when it is very obvious, like skin conditions. When a child suffers from chronic eczema it isn’t something that is easily hidden; the redness, the constant itching are beacons for comments, jibes and even physical abuse from their ‘mates’, so the condition not only affects their skin, but their confidence and self esteem as well.
This was brought out in a survey just published by the British Skin Foundation, which found that “A shocking 47% per cent of people with a skin disease in the UK have been victims of verbal abuse one or more times from another member of the public.”