Gombakomba woman’s eczema nightmare

A 27-YEAR-OLD woman, Rumbidzai Makumbe, from Gombakomba village in Zimunya, has lived with a rare skin disease called eczema since childhood.

Jairos Saunyama, Own Correspondent

She says the disease temporarily healed after she used a dermo cream sent to her by a relative based in the Diaspora, but it struck again after the cream ran out — leaving her skin crusty, scaled and itchy.

Makumbe is unemployed and lives with her brother who is also jobless.

The condition, also known as atopic dermatitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin.

Eczema is a broad term for a range of persistent skin conditions.

These include dryness and recurring skin rash that is characterised by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.

Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries.

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16 Comments

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  2. How can we get in touch with her.

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      Mutare
      Zimbabwe
      020-69226

      Emails:
      admin@mwanatrust.org
      info@suchhope.org

      or contact me on henry_chitsenga@hotmail.com
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  3. Plis giv us yo contact details, I have had the same dieses for 23 yrs since birth now I’m 24 and there are no signs of it on my body.

    1. hie guys can u also help mi hv my daughter 12 years old with e same problem since shi waz young..seems to ncrease again 2months ago

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  4. Please help my friend’s daughter have got it for 5 years now

  5. I have had the dieses for 23 yrs I knw how pple with the same dieseas feel, when you have eczema you loose your self esteem becouse nt everyone knws of it saka vanhu vanokusema, at the same time u mustn sit in the sun, always wearing long covering clothes, special diet, etc, I have walked the eczema road! I praise God that today its history…watsapp me on 0772351495 I don’t take cols during the day becos of work!

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  6. Its a common condition varying on severity. My son has it and I have been using coal tar on him since birth. The Doctors said it would disappear at six. He is seven. I hope it does not worsen as he grows.

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  8. Please use gglycerine. It is a humectant and attracts water/humidity from the atmosphere to keep your skin moisturised. It is also important she looks into causation and cuts out on things like dairy, fish. Try cutting these things out from your diet but at different times so you know what triggers it. I had a horrible case of eczema (caused by kuenda kumunda..apparently i was allergic to mashizha echibage)and was either bound to using steroids which thinned my skin or finding alternative methods. Be careful with detergents too..I use green soap to bath and wash my clothes, have done so for 15 years and am fine now. Do not rely on steroids, they only disguise the problem but do not get to the root

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