LeAnn Rimes shot onto the country music scene at a very young age, after her parents, who recognized her talent, signed her up for dancing and singing classes at the age of two. Her big breakthrough came with her hit “Blue”, which was her debut single from her debut album. At the age of 14 she suddenly became a country star. Her career transitioned into pop as she became older, and delivered hits like “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” for the ‘Coyote Ugly’ soundtrack. Her career was on the up and up, culminating in her being on the most talented and recognized singer in the United States. She has won numerous awards including Grammys and Country Music Awards.
But her childhood wasn’t always as easy. LeAnn Rimes has suffered from severe extreme eczema, a disorder that sees the skin swell up, go red and itch, for most of her life. Rimes says she recalls being bullied in her childhood for her eczema, saying: “Having eczema as a child was incredibly difficult. I’d come home crying from kids calling me “the scaly girl” or thinking I was contagious”. She says would sit out of fun activities other kids participated in, and wouldn’t even go swimming during summer so she wouldn’t have to show her eczema. “I’d have it on very visible parts of my body – in the summertime it would be on my neck and arms, and I’d wear turtlenecks to try to cover it up,” she says.
Rimes claims it is important to her to reach out and let other eczema sufferers know they are not alone. “For me, at this point in my life, it’s to spread the word that you’re not alone,” she says.
“That’s why I really wanted to come out and talk about it. I feel I have it under control right now, but hopefully children, young women, young men who feel they have nobody to relate to, will finally see otherwise because of my speaking on the subject.”
She says she went from doctor to doctor and tried out various treatments, all of which failed to completely suppress the symptoms. However she says she has her symptoms under control in which she takes lukewarm (not hot) showers and baths, moisturizes frequently, wears cotton fabrics, washes clothes with a mild detergent before wearing them for the first time, and keeps her fingernails short, in order to not irritate the affected skin further in case she scratches.
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