CBS Miami anchor Frances Wang returns to work after taking some time off to treat a painful skin condition.
Wang, 27, has fought against perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that occurs as a result of prolonged use of topical steroid creams to treat her eczema for about five months.
It left her with acne all over her face and a painful rash around her mouth and forehead.
Wang & # 39; s boss urged her to take a break for her physical and mental health, so she stayed with her family in her native California, reported PEOPLE.
After taking a month off, Wang wrote a message on Instagram explaining her decision to return to work and promising her viewers that they would be back on their TV screens by the end of the week.
After taking a month off to treat her sore skin, CBS Miami anchor Frances Wang, 27, said she was going back to work. Pictured: Wang in October 2019, left and November 2019, right
After Wang moved from California to Florida in December 2018, her eczema seemed to deteriorate and she was prescribed a topical steroid cream. Pictured: Wang, right, anchoring a news broadcast
& # 39; For five months I saw this skin condition spread all over my face. I was panicking. I tried everything to make it better – but it only got worse & # 39 ;, she wrote.
& # 39; These photos are of my face before I came to California and before I returned to Florida. It is not the miracle I had prayed for and searched for every morning, but I am grateful that it will get better. & # 39;
& # 39; I'll be back on TV sometime this week! See you soon. & # 39;
Wang told PEOPLE she has been struggling with eczema for years and when she moved from California to Miami, Florida in December 2018, she thought the humidity would help.
Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, red and itchy.
The affected areas usually look very dry, thickened or flaky.
For months Wang & eczema was accompanied by acne and a rash on her mouth and forehead. Pictured: Wang in the CBS studio
The specific cause of eczema remains unknown, but it is believed that it develops through a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
There is currently no cure and treatments generally include topical medications, steroid creams, moisturizers and ultraviolet light, plus antihistamines to relieve itching.
According to the National Eczema Association, around 30 million Americans suffer from some form of the condition.
After waking up for weeks to bleed from itching, Wang visited a dermatologist who prescribed a topical steroid cream.
Not only was it unable to cure her eczema, she also had acne outbreaks.
& # 39; My face is puffed up, & # 39; said Wang. & # 39; It looked like a giant rash, as if I had a crazy allergic reaction with acne. & # 39;
Wang said she felt guilty, not just about the condition of her skin, but that she was even worried about it.
& # 39; There are people who are going through so much worse, and I am one hundred percent aware of it, especially in the news & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; We are dealing with some really devastating tragedies and trauma for many people. So I think there was a guilt and shame that I felt for a long time, even so angry about my skin. & # 39;
She visited five dermatologists who had the same condition with her: perioral dermatitis.
Perioral dermatitis is a rash in the face that appears red and bumpy and usually occurs around the mouth.
The most common cause of the condition is long-term use of topical steroid creams, but it can also be caused by excessive use of moisturizers and fluorinated toothpastes.
She has been diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that occurs as a result of prolonged use of topical steroid creams. Pictured: Wang covers her face, left, and shows her result, right
Wang (photo) spent her working month eliminating dairy, eggs and gluten from her diet and changed her shampoo, conditioner, detergent and soap
The first step in treatment involves immediately stopping all topical steroid creams.
According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the rash looks days or weeks worse before it improves.
Wang told PEOPLE that she was prescribed at least six different antibiotics, but none seemed to improve her condition.
She spent her month of work eliminating dairy, eggs, and gluten from her diet and changed her shampoo, conditioner, detergent, and soap.
& # 39; I didn't want to take free time, but looking back it was necessary for my health – both the medical and even the mental aspect, & # 39; Wang said to PEOPLE.
& # 39; Until I took the day off, I felt that the situation was expanding and deteriorating. Finally it seems that it is going in the opposite direction, which is healing. & # 39;
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