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What is stress eczema?

The answer to the question of what is stress eczema is one of the most frequently asked questions by our patients. Generally, we call itching and redness on our skin as a result of the psychological and physiological destructive effects of stress on the body as stress eczema.

Does everyone with stress have eczema?

Eczema is not seen in every stressed person. It is more common in people who neglect skin care, do not use enough moisturizer on their skin in cold weather, stay under the sun for a long time without sun protection in summer, do not drink enough water and pay attention to their nutrition, and have endocrinological problems such as hypothyroidism and diabetes.

How do I know if I have stress eczema?

Eczema has many causes. However, stress is the biggest cause of eczema. Today, there is hardly anyone who is not stress-free. While stress causes problems such as hair loss and nail disorders in some, it manifests itself in the form of eczema in some people. We may suspect stress eczema if we have a complaint that manifests itself with increased itching and redness, especially when stressed. However, in order to make a definitive diagnosis, the opinion of a dermatologist must be obtained.

What does stress eczema look like on the skin?

The skin with stress eczema is thicker, red and itchy than normal skin. In general, the integrity of the skin is lost and there may be clefts on the skin in places. Itching is more severe than other eczema. In stress increases, the severity of itching is sometimes higher without being aware of it, and bleeding crevices may occur in the eczema area. This is the advanced stage of eczema and the skin becomes open to infection during this period. For this reason, stress eczema that has reached this stage must be treated.

In which areas is stress eczema most common?

Stress eczema often occurs on the nape of the neck, knees and elbows, back and genitals. Stress eczema, especially in the genital area, may be mistaken for a fungal infection for months and ineffective treatments can be used. For this reason, a dermatologist should be consulted, especially in long-lasting and very severe itchy lesions in this area.

Is there a definitive treatment for stress eczema?

Stress eczema can be treated. However, during the treatment phase, the patient has a lot of work to do with the doctor. First of all, after it is clear that eczema is caused by stress, the patient should be as comfortable as possible and strictly follow the treatments recommended by the doctor. The treatment of stress eczema is a process that requires patience. However, as a result of regular and correct treatment, treatment is possible.

How long does it take for stress eczema to heal?

Recovery time for stress eczema can vary from person to person. The success of the treatment in the group of patients who believe that there will be a definitive treatment in this regard and follow the treatment of their doctor is high and the treatment period is about a few weeks. However, the duration of treatment in patients who do not use the treatment regularly and do not believe that eczema can be cured is just as long. Therefore, it is necessary to believe in the success of the treatment.