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Does stress reduction treat severe eczema?

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If you’re not at ease talking with a therapist, there are other ways to ease your stress.

Hypnosis, guided imagery, and meditation have all been shown to help ease eczema symptoms. You can also try biofeedback. During a treatment session, sensors attached to your body will measure your heart rate, muscle tension, and brain waves. Once you learn what it feels like when your body is upset or stressed, you can get used to calming yourself down.

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Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

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