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How does stress affect eczema?

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If you find that your eczema flares up right before a big presentation or in the middle of tax season, it’s no coincidence. Experts have known for years that stress can make the skin condition worse. When you’re tense, your body tries to protect your skin by boosting inflammation there. If you already have it because of eczema, that boost will make your symptoms worse. The key is to try to manage your stress. It might be one of the best ways to help keep your disease in check.

SOURCES:

Jafferany, M. 2007. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups;" "Stress Reduction Techniques;" and "The Truth About ‘Other’ Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis."

Donald V. Belsito, MD, professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University.

Julie Block, president and CEO of the National Eczema Association, San Rafael, Calif.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Stress: How to Cope Better With Life's Challenges."

Andrea Cambio, MD, FAAD, medical director of Cambio Dermatology, Cape Coral, Fla.

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 01, 2016

SOURCES:

Jafferany, M. 2007. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups;" "Stress Reduction Techniques;" and "The Truth About ‘Other’ Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis."

Donald V. Belsito, MD, professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University.

Julie Block, president and CEO of the National Eczema Association, San Rafael, Calif.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Stress: How to Cope Better With Life's Challenges."

Andrea Cambio, MD, FAAD, medical director of Cambio Dermatology, Cape Coral, Fla.

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 01, 2016

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