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    January 11, 2018 3:17 AM PST

    A young teacher with eczema so severe she 'looked like a burns victim' has been cured by a cream meant for cow udders.

    Megan Underwood, 22, was first diagnosed with the itchy and painful skin disorder at the age of two and in 2013 her eczema became so severe she was hospitalised for four weeks.

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    People would ask her if she was 'contagious' and she never thought she'd have the confidence to stand up in a classroom.

    But Megan said the £8 cream has changed her life.

    Over two decades Megan has tried dozens of over the counter treatments, prescription creams and diet changes, but her eczema was so severe that it covered her entire face and body.

     

    Megan's eczema at its worst (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

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    As well as being sore and irritating, Megan's eczema also had a huge impact on her self-esteem as she claims strangers would call her a 'burns victim' or shy away from touching her skin.

    Willing to try anything to shed her constantly red and flaky skin, in 2015 former retail worker Megan was advised by a customer to try out MooGoo.

    The all-natural product was developed by an Australian company and was originally used to soothe the udders of milk cows.

    The unusual solution has worked wonders and now Megan is eczema free and beaming with newfound confidence that allowed her to launch her career as a teacher.

     

    She says she was asked if she was contagious (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

     

    Megan's skin was red raw (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

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    • Megan, of Winchester, Hampshire, said: "By the time I was 18 my eczema was horrendous. Without causing offence to somebody who has burns, I looked like a burns victim.

    "My skin was red raw. It was also swollen because of water retention under my skin.

    "I could deal with my eczema if it wasn't on my face. I could see people's eyes moving around my face when they talked to me.

    "A lot of people are really rude to me. People don't want to take money from my hands and people have asked me if I am contagious.

    "I've tried everything and have spent thousands on different creams and treatments.

    "I've tried a meat free diet, a dairy free diet, a grain free diet, I have bathed in oats, but nothing has ever worked for me before."

     

    The young teacher has been cured (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

    Megan then heard about MooGoo and emailed customer services, sending them pictures of her skin.

    She asked them if they could recommend anything that could help, and they sent her some products to try.

    Megan said: "I started using the Skin Milk Udder Cream, the Scalp Cream and the Irritable Skin Balm and suddenly my skin changed.

    "I didn't want to get too carried away because things had worked for me before and my eczema had always come back, but after using MooGoo it was an 'oh my gosh' moment.

    "My eczema started to clear up and then it was gone. I couldn't believe it. I never thought that I would be in a position where I would be able to stand up to a classroom and teach.

    "The products have changed my life. They have changed my whole outlook on everything."

    After all other treatments failed, at the age of 18, Megan attended a specialist appointment at London's Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

    Medics advised the teen to go into respite care for a period of four weeks and Megan had to undergo a course of treatment including coal tar treatment, zinc wraps, high doses of steroids, and hydromol wash balls.

    The treatments worked temporarily but after just a few weeks Megan's eczema returned.

     

    Megan in hospital receiving treatment for her eczema (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

    At its worse, the condition covered Megan's scalp, face, neck, chest, legs, arms and hands, causing itching and discomfort.

    Megan's eczema has cleared up significantly since using MooGoo, but the teacher does still have the occasional flare up and will use steroid cream.

    Megan said: "I've suffered from asthma and eczema since I was two years old.

    "My eczema wasn't too bad when I was little. It was on the skin in between my elbows and on the back of my legs.

    "My mum had to apply cream every day and it smelled really bad and stung but when I was 16 my symptoms got much worse.

    "When I was 18 I went to an appointment at St Thomas's Hospital in London. Everything they were trying wasn't working.

     

    A range of MooGoo products (Image: MooGoo)

    "I eventually went into respite for four weeks. It was the first time I'd ever lived away from home and I had to stay in hospital accommodation near Westminster Bridge.

    "Every morning I had to get to the hospital for 8am and I would be bandaged up, receive more treatment and re-bandaged again.

    "I had coal tar treatment and it was just so painful. I spent the whole four weeks crying. My skin got better but I knew that when I went home it would just be the same again.

    "I have a lot of allergies, so any weather changes or dust, mould or other things in the air can really affect my skin, so occasionally I still use a steroid cream on my dry patches.

    "But where I used to go through a tube every day, I now only use one every six months. MooGoo has changed my life."

     

    (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

    MooGoo's Skin Milk Udder Cream, which costs just £8.00, was formulated after founder Craig Jones's mother used an old fashioned country remedy to manage her skin condition.

    The lotion was used by dairy farmers to keep cows' udders soft and supple, however the original cream was heavy that Craig adapted it to soak into human skin more easily.

    Laura from MooGoo said: "When Megan approached us in 2015 we were desperate to do something to help.

    "Skin problems are more distressing than most people realise because they are a visible reflection of health.

    "Megan's eczema has been extremely debilitating and has caused severe distress to Megan since the age of two.

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    "Our products are all made using natural ingredients and for people with skin conditions in mind.

    "When it changes someone's life it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

    "She is now in a position where she can manage her eczema and she can now live a normal life."

     

     

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