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Global News: An eczema diagnosis can often mean more than itchy skin

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By Laura Paquet, Special Advertising Feature

Mike Lanigan, an HR professional in Toronto, has been dealing with severe eczema since he was a child. He says the sleeplessness he experiences because of the skin condition is one of the most difficult challenges he faces.

“You’re never fully at ease. You’re itching and then you’re worrying about [not scratching], [thinking] ‘Am I going to get enough sleep?’”

Lanigan says the lack of sleep has made it hard to perform well at work or school the next day. Since stress can make outbreaks worse, Lanigan says he has also avoided taking on overtime and other stressful work when his disease was at its peak.

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