Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can occur due to many factors. Eczema causes dryness of the skin, flaky appearance and redness. These bubbles, which dry and flake, may crack over time and become open to the entry of microorganisms. For this reason, infection is frequently seen in individuals with eczema. In order to prevent these appearances and stay away from eczema, it is necessary to avoid behaviors that will trigger eczema.
STRESS AND ANXIETY ARE BAD
A survey commissioned by the Typharm’s Skin Life Sciences Foundation found that almost half of Brits are affected by eczema (44 percent). In fact, 66 percent of people who say they suffer from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis blame stress and anxiety for skin flare-ups, dryness and itching. Meanwhile, 72 percent revealed that increased hand washing led to worsening of symptoms.
MOST AFFECTED SECTION HANDS
More than half of those surveyed said their hands were the most affected part of their body (55 percent), while 38 percent said the inside of their elbows. About 35 percent claimed the back of their knees was the most irritated, and 29 percent said they got it on their face. 24 percent reported having eczema on their scalp.
FACTORS THAT TRIGGER ECZEMA
According to the NHS, known eczema triggers include:
Irritants – such as soaps and detergents, including shampoo, dishwashing liquid and bubble bath
Environmental factors or allergens – including cold and dry air, humidity and more specific triggers such as dust mites, pet fur, pollen and molds
Food allergens – such as cow’s milk, egg, peanut, soy, and wheat allergies
Some materials – such as wool and synthetic fabrics
Hormonal changes – some women find their symptoms worsen during pregnancy or in the days before menstruation.
stress or anxiety
Chlorine in swimming pools
- Being exposed to too much heat or too cold
AFFECTS QUALITY OF LIFE
Dr Nisa Aslam from the Skin Life Sciences Foundation shared an insight into eczema and how it can affect quality of life. The doctor said: “Eczema is a non-contagious, inflammatory dry skin condition in which the skin is often excruciatingly itchy. For many, the urge to scratch can be irresistible, and during a flare-up it can be red, cracked, painful and raw.
ECZEMA CASES HAVE INCREASED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC
“The severity of eczema varies greatly from person to person – for some it is just a minor irritation, but for others it can greatly affect their quality of life. In addition to the painful physical symptoms, many children and adults experience insomnia, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems associated with it. It appears that stress and anxiety, like the increased pressures from the pandemic, are causing flare-ups of eczema symptoms.” The doctor said that those with eczema need not suffer in silence as there are many treatment options available.