Eczema and Stress


Eczema is a general term for many types of skin inflammation The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis .However, there are many different forms of eczema..Eczema can affect people of any age, although the condition is most common in infants, and about 85% of those affected have an onset prior to 5 years of age. Eczema is not contagious, but since it is believed to be at least partially inherited, it is not uncommon to find members of the same family affected.

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Eczema is known to be triggered off by stress. During times of stress, the inflammation in the skin increases, as a way to protect the skin from harm. People suffering from eczema will find that it flares up right before a stressful situation or because they have been stressing about something, such as an upcoming presentation in office or school.

In such a case it very important is to manage stress and possibly control it. This can prove to be difficult, but would be the best way to control eczema. Of course it is better than taking heavy medication all the time that leaves the person lethargic and slow. In that case, not only does the person have this annoying skin disease to deal with, they also feel sluggish and don`t feel like doing anything, and of course no one would want that feeling! So it`ll be so much better that the patient does activities that relax and calm them, in turn reducing stress thus reducing eczema. Not only is this fun, but also extremely beneficial!! Many studies have found that managing stress and emotional worries is one of the best ways to control eczema.

One of the main things to do is ensure that the patient is getting enough amounts of sleep. This ensures that they are relaxed and not on edge all the time.

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Eczema itself is a stressful disease, since it deeply affects the appearance of the skin. Patients might feel conscious of themselves. Also since it’s a difficult to get the itching and scratching under control, this would also add to the stress and frustration! Its quite a viscous cycle that must be intercepted and broken, otherwise the patients eczema will become worse. Thus it is important to get support in times like this. Patients should have close family and friends them, who provides emotional support to them and also helps them out. These people should also help the patient unwind and relax. By doing activities that the patient enjoys, his/her mind will also be distracted off eczema.

Psychological help and counseling should also be taken. Talking to other people with the same problem will be a big help as well, as patients can share their stories. This way little tricks and tips can be shared.


Exercise is a great stress buster and should definitely be included in the routine of an eczema patient. Whether its walking or playing a game, some form of physical activity should be done. Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, thus lowering stress.

Patients should take part in hobbies and activities that they enjoy so that their mind is taken off the itching and this will also help lower the stress.


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