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‘It took eight years to get a correct diagnosis for HS’

There is no cure but a combination of medical and surgical treatments, as well as pain management and lifestyle changes can greatly ease this invasive skin disease, says Áilín Quinlan, of the Irish Examiner Caroline Hill was only 17 when the first abscess appeared under her arm About the size of a kidney bean, it was extremely tender and very painful She put a traditional bread poultice...

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‘I avoided getting close to people – especially boys’ – Nikki Farrington on living with HS

It's taken Nicola Farrington a decade to come to terms with her skin condition But, she tells the Sunday Independent LIFE magazine's Joy Orpen, she is now urging others who are in the same boat as her to get help, and to try to put their ailment into perspective  Nicola Farrington (26) is happiest when, camera in hand, she roams around Wicklow's incredibly beautiful hills and valleys,...

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‘I used to think of myself as some kind of flaky, red monster but now I don’t let eczema define me’

Elaine McCallig tells Joy Orpen that no one should allow a skin problem like eczema to define who they are Instead, she recommends that they take full control of their health and go out there to fulfill their 'magnificent' potential Having a chronic skin condition can cause all kinds of emotions, ranging from acute embarrassment to a lack of self-esteem But with the right frame of mind and good...

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Barry’s Story – Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

I have been living with a skin condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) for over twenty-five years HS is a chronic skin condition whose symptoms are painful and often foul-smelling boils, cysts or abscesses These cysts can persist for a long time and can progress to form wounds that are difficult to heal Significant scars can subsequently form on the skin The exact causes of HS remain...

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Shirley’s Story – Surviving Melanoma

My name is Shirley Mc Entee, I'm 40 years old and a trained paramedic with National Ambulance Service I currently live in Limerick, but I'm originally from Galway I've survived terminal metastatic malignant melanoma…until now It's all started in September 2004 with a black itchy freckle on my l shoulder I went to my GP, he took a sample and some weeks later I needed to have an operation to...

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Emma’s Story – Living with EB

My name is Emma Fogarty and I live in Co Laois with my parents and younger sister I’m 30 years old and I have Recessive Dystrophic EB From the minute I was born I had to fight for everything I have today The doctors told my parents that I would never last the week, that if I did I would have no quality of life and might never even walk But here I sit at 30 years of age with so much...

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Aisling’s Story – Living with Eczema

Aisling O'Leary from Avoca Co Wicklow talks about her experience of living with eczema My name is Aisling and I have been living with eczema for 23 years My story is; sad, painful, anxious but most importantly it is hopeful, filled with happiness and perseverance As a child my life was disturbed at times in the sense that I missed school, I found it hard to hold down friends because of this...

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