As an eczema sufferer myself I am dedicating a page of my website to helping you understand the cause of your stress, how it can be related to your eczema and how this awareness can help you learn to prevent another flare up. I am writing a series of articles on this topic which you will be able to find easily by <clicking here>
What is Atopic Eczema and what can spark the onset of a flare-up?
Eczema refers to a group of conditions that can make your skin inflamed or irritated. The most common type is atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Atopic denoting a form of allergy in which a hypersensitivity reaction, such as eczema, may occur in a part of the body not in contact with the allergen.
Atopic eczema is a condition which causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked and sore and symptoms tend to fluctuate between getting worse to better to worse again which can be due to certain “triggers” that activate inflammation. Treatments used to control eczema can include emollients and topical corticosteroids which can bring relief but also unwanted side effects.
Atopic eczema, can be triggered by many allergens but anxiety and stress can also spark the onset of a flare up. In a stressful situation the body goes into fight or flight mode and responds by increasing the production of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. When the body produces too much cortisol it can suppress the immune system and cause an inflammatory response in the skin. Anyone living with a skin condition such as eczema is therefore more susceptible to this inflammatory response.
Why have I chosen to write about this subject?
My passion is energy healing and research published in 2018 in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology confirms that relaxation techniques can cause significant improvements in disease severity for patients with atopic eczema. It goes on to suggest that psychotherapeutical approaches (designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems) are an essential and helpful part of the educational process required to bring relief of symptoms and changes in behaviour.