Atopic eczema is a chronic skin disease that can cause severe itching, dryness and red patches on your skin with bumps or blisters, and crusting. Symptoms are often worse in response to allergens such as detergents, soap, wool clothing, or animal hair. There is a potential connection between skin conditions and stress. The severity of atopic eczema often varies with age. Children are more likely to have a flare-up than adults when they're under pressure. But there might also be some direct effects on our immune system from chronic psychological distress. For example, increased levels of CRP (a marker for inflammation) are present among people experiencing high levels of stress in their lives compared to those not stressed out as much.
How does stress trigger atopic eczema?
Stress, one of the most common eczema triggers, makes the condition worse and increases itching. Stress can also affect the immune system, which complicates atopic eczema. There may be an increased risk of flare-ups during times of stress due to changes in hormone levels and other factors. The relationship between atopic eczema and chronic psychological distress is complex: people with atopic dermatitis often experience higher anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder rates than those without skin conditions. Talk to your doctor about the best course of atopic eczema treatment.
How to prevent stress?
Exercise: Studies have shown that moderate exercise can reduce stress-induced flares in people with atopic eczema. (Source: National Eczema Association)
Practice relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, yoga, or meditation are good ways to lower environmental and emotional triggers for flare-ups of atopic dermatitis.
Quality time spent with family and friends: Studies show that spending less than an hour per day with your loved ones increases the risk of depression by 25%. For adults over the age of 65, this jumps up to 45%! It shows how important it is to spend quality time and make it a priority. (Source: Mental Health Foundation)
Lifestyle changes to prevent outbreaks of atopic eczema
Stay away from triggers: Avoid or limit exposure to wool and synthetic fabrics, latex gloves, pet dander.
Be proactive about skincare: Skin needs protection against irritants and the dry environment that can worsen eczema.
Moisturize regularly: Moisturizing regularly with a non-irritating lotion may help keep your skin hydrated, so it's less vulnerable to irritation and inflammation.
Avoid hot water: Hot showers or baths can dry out the skin and make it more susceptible to flare-ups.
Wear protective clothing: Wear clothes that are not tight or itchy and gloves to help protect the hands.
What are the other triggers of atopic eczema?
Atopic dermatitis is often the result of a combination of factors. These include:
Genetics: Having a family history of atopic dermatitis or other allergic conditions increases the risk.
Skin Irritants: Skin irritants like soaps, detergents, perfumes, wool clothing can trigger symptoms in people with allergies or sensitivities.
Environmental factors: Environmental factors such as exposure to allergens and irritants, pollution, lack of hygiene in the home or workplace. These can all lead to skin dryness due to inadequate moisture retention.
Diet: If you eat a lot of processed foods and sugar, your skin may be more prone to eczema outbreaks.
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