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Stress-induced eczema

Stress, and more generally speaking, a psychologically disrupted state, are often cited as trigger factors for eczema. An exam, a new job, an argument...there are many situations where eczema can show up. To avoid certain eczema flare-ups, patients are therefore encouraged to better manage their stress using the method that suits them best: relaxation, sophrology, sports, gardening, etc.

Stress isn't the only thing that causes eczema

We hear a lot about stress-induced eczema flare-ups, but stress isn't the only culprit! This is simply because eczema is not a psychosomatic disease (meaning, which results from the action of the mind on the body). Eczema is a complex and multifactorial disease where stress is one of many trigger factors: pollen, dust mites, cold, perspiration, etc.

Furthermore, stress can be a major factor for some people and a minor factor for others. It all depends on temperament and life story.

In the same way, parents understandably stressed by their child's eczema must not be accused of passing on their stress to their child. On the contrary, they should stop feeling guilty.

Cause or consequence

All the same, stress has a particularity: it is both a cause and a consequence of eczema, which means someone with the disease can become trapped in a vicious circle. There are endless examples. A child with eczema can be afraid of wearing a swimsuit at the pool; a teenager can be afraid of a flare-up being present while out with friends; an adult avoids the eyes of his work colleagues. Itching is also a source of stress.

Psychological support

Stress can be accompanied by a loss of self-esteem and feelings of isolation or even depression. Psychological treatment then becomes fully intertwined with dermatological treatment. Patients should not hesitate to consult a professional. Family also plays an essential role in providing psychological support.