Can stress cause eczema?
Stress is a broad term that encompasses a number of different emotions such as anxiety, low mood, depression, even panic, resulting in a general feeling of negativity. It can manifest itself in different ways, such as a skin allergy. And it can, without you wanting it to, spill over into every aspect of your life. Not only can stress affect you mentally and emotionally, it can also affect you physically.
If you or a member of your family already has eczema there is no doubt that psychological factors can cause and make the condition worse - triggering skin allergy, flare-ups and outbreaks of severe itchiness.1 The stress hormone cortisol affects the immune system, which may lead to these flare ups. Additionally, some studies have indicated that some stress can negatively affect your skin’s barrier functions, therefore exacerbating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as skin allergy.2
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