Extreme eczema can be debilitating

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) -- Living with a skin disorder can be debilitating. Now an award-winning writer and producer of HBO's 'The Night Of' launched an on-line campaign to bring more awareness to a severe form of eczema.

More than 31 million Americans have symptoms of eczema including roughly 17 million living with atopic dermatitis. 'Understand AD: A Day in the Life' highlights people across America with extreme cases of eczema including 36-year-old Lindsay Johnson from Salt Lake City. 

"I rather be bitten by 500 mosquitos than have atopic dermitis."

Atopic dermatitis is a skin disorder that can be debilitating and one that Lindsay has lived with her entire life.

"Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. It's still underneath the skin living."

It can be uncomfortable and painful.

"How I describe it is a mosquito bite on top of a chicken pox that gets poison ivy. That's atopic dermatitis on a good day," said Lindsay. 
Lindsay is part of an online campaign that's bringing more awareness to this severe skin disorder.

Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, Peter Moffat, partnered with Sanofi, Regeneron and the National Eczema Association on the project. It's focused on educating people about uncontrolled moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a serious and chronic form of eczema.  Moffat himself has dealt with AD for 50 years.

"It's so great to have someone like Peter Moffit to bring this disease in to light of public knowledge," said Lindsay. 

Lindsay maintains her condition with topical treatments. She's sharing her story to bring hope to others.

"I don't want it to be a debilitating disease to me at least you can live with it and treat it and it's not fatal."

Atopic dermatitis is not contagious and there is no cure. 

For more information: nationaleczema.org/

Check out the campaign: http://understandad.com/us/

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