Does stress cause eczema? The link between skin health and psychology

stress cause eczema

Atopic eczema is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK, affecting up to 10% of adults and 20% of children in the UK.

Eczema It’s more common in children, often developing before their first birthday and often persists into adulthood with severe itching that has profound effects on well-being and may lead to sleep disturbance.

Anxiety and stress cause eczema and make symptoms worse.

It goes without saying that stress can cause a wide range of illnesses. With regards to atopic eczema, stress is not a direct cause of skin lesions. However, it plays an important role in worsening the symptoms and triggering them. The specific channel through which stress acts on the body is the nervous system.

Mental factors have a tremendous effect on eczema. It is estimated that nearly 70% of people suffering from it experienced long and strong episodes of stress even before the onset of symptoms. This is probably because strong stress leads to a suppressed immune system that not only does not cope with protecting people from infection, but reacts excessively to various allergens in the environment (foods, plant pollen).

Stressful experiences trigger strong emotions that force the heart to work faster and as a result cause faster blood circulation in the body. Under stress, the body’s stress hormones cause inflammation that irritates the skin. This becomes a vicious circle, and it is very hard to get out of it without professional help.

Take holistic approach to your skin health. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques. Make your body healthy with regular exercise.

Eczema aggravates stress.

Very often patients with eczema experience psychological tension, irritability and insomnia. It’s because stress-induced symptoms prevent calm and effective sleep.

Symptoms that persist for a long time lead to gradual destruction of the body (mainly fatigue), and also increases susceptibility to seasonal infections, often bacterial, which in most cases are quite difficult to cure.

Internal stress is also exacerbated by a sense of shame from the environment caused by a sense of difference. The patient has a significantly lowered self-esteem, which causes serious disturbances in interpersonal relationships and significantly impedes the patient’s functioning in society.

Best alternative medicine to treating eczema.

Treatment with antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroid creams only suppresses eczema, causing it to reappear once treatment stops.

1. Try Homeopathic medicine

One of the most effective ways to treat eczema is with homeopathy. This is a holistic medical practice that treats the person as a whole, recognizing that every person is unique and thus must be treated differently by the practitioner. In other words, there is no specific remedy that is given to all eczema patients: each person is treated according to his or her personal needs.

All symptoms are caused by underlying factors that must be discovered and treated in order for the symptoms to disappear permanently. Treating symptoms superficially, as done in conventional medicine, may act as a temporary palliative, but will not provide a lasting cure. Classical homeopathy, in its aim to cure underlying causes of a disease as opposed to its surfacing systems, proves to be an ultimately more efficient practice than allopathy.

Finally, homeopathy is an energetic form of medicine that is poorly understood but appears to be effective in treating eczema, especially in children.  It is prescribed based on symptom presentation, meaning that the same prescription is not used for everybody.

2. Ask Naturopath

Naturopathic doctors utilize a wide range of therapies that are aimed at targeting the various causes of eczema

They use botanical medicine, nutritional supplementation, lifestyle counselling, traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy.  From a botanical perspective, herbs such as Althaea officinalis are used to heal inflamed or irritated skin.

Naturopathic doctors tailor each treatment plan so that it is appropriate for the patient.

3. Discover Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is often used to treat eczema.  This therapy usually involves a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

What’s your experience with eczema? As always, I’m looking forward to your thoughts and questions in the comments 🙂

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August 1, 2017