Date
30 May 2017
Eczema causes severe itching, bleeding and blisters (inset), a condition a 23-year-old jobless man found too hard to bear. He committed suicide by jumping from his parents' flat in Sha Tin. Photos: housingauthority.gov.hk, healthline.com
Eczema causes severe itching, bleeding and blisters (inset), a condition a 23-year-old jobless man found too hard to bear. He committed suicide by jumping from his parents' flat in Sha Tin. Photos: housingauthority.gov.hk, healthline.com

Long-term eczema sufferer ends it all

A 23-year-old man long suffering from a skin disorder killed himself by jumping from his parents’ flat in Sha Tin after his condition worsened.

The jobless man, surnamed Lee, had been battling eczema, a type of skin disease that causes severe itching, blisters and bleeding.

Lee’s condition had deteriorated to a point where it ruined his employment prospects and social life, Apple Daily reports.

It also made him unable to control his urination.

Lee had been seeing a Chinese medicine specialist but showed little improvement.

A security guard found his body on a podium below his parents’ apartment around 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Police said Lee likely jumped from the flat. There was no suicide note.

Eczema could affect 90 percent of the body in serious cases, dermatologist Steven Loo said.

The cause of the disorder is unknown but it is thought to be linked to an overreaction of the immune system to irritants such as dust mites and cigarettes.

Eczema is commonly found in families with a history of allergy or asthma.

Professor Lin Zhixiu of the University of Hong Kong School of Chinese Medicine said sufferers should avoid seafood, especially shell fish, beef, lamb and alcohol.

They should not scratch their skin with their fingernails but use their palm or the base of their fingers to avoid infection, Lin said.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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