SAN ANTONIO – Matthew Castro, a high school senior, has lived with the skin condition eczema for most of his life.
Symptoms of the condition include itching, rash and scarring of the skin. More than 30 million people in the United States are affected by eczema, and 18 million of them have severe cases. There are many treatments on the market to help alleviate the symptoms, but none to treat the condition itself.
A new treatment, soon to be available in San Antonio, gives Castro hope.
"Every day I think about my eczema. When I wake up, when I go out with my friends, when I"m playing sports," said Castro. "It's bothered me and made me insecure about myself."
Matthew's mother, Jennifer Castro, said Matthew was diagnosed when he was just 2 years old. She said it plays a big part in their everyday lives.
"We have to make sure that our house is a certain temperature," she said. "We had to pull up the carpets and get rid of things like that.
"It's constantly dusting, vacuuming, making sure everything is clean," Jennifer Castro said.