Eczema not only affects the skin of a person, but also negatively impacts his or her emotional health. This is why many eczema patients don’t feel comfortable and often remain hopeless.
The signs of eczema are flare ups, rashes and horrible itch. However, the trauma of eczema move beyond from body to the mind. In other words, eczema leads to emotional problems in patients.
The emotional effects of eczema include depression, low self-esteem, frustration, the feeling of isolation and decreased social skills. Children with eczema are vulnerable to teasing and bullying at school, which negatively affects their mentality. The relentless itch and sleepless nights often lead to frustration. Top of that, anxiety and stress add to the eczema flare up.
Here we have explained the emotional effects of eczema that affect the quality of life.
A person with eczema is likely to be in stress mode. There is a scientific link between stress and eczema. When you experience a stressful situation, the body enters fight or flight mode and tends to raise the production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. With the production of excessive cortisol, the immune system triggers inflammatory response in the skin. People living with eczema are particularly vulnerable to this inflammatory response.
Eczema is uncomfortable and painful, thereby disturbing your sleep. Many people have reported that relentless itching troubles their sleep and daily activities like school, sports, work and peer relationships. Most of them compared the itch to the 1000 paper cuts on their skin.
Lower Self Esteem:
People with eczema often have low self-esteem due to red rashes over the body, especially if they are on visible areas like face. Eczema can impact a person’s life, affecting self-esteem, mood, confidence and ability to establish and manage relationship. Sometimes treatments like steroid creams, phototherapy and emollients smells or look unpleasant. Besides, they have fear or embarrassment lest other see their medication.
This emotional impact is usually found in kids with eczema. According to a National Eczema Association (NEA), one in five children with eczema is likely to face bullying at school. At some point a kid will see that not everyone has eczema and it doesn’t look nice. This will thrust a kid’s self-confidence.
Feeling Social Isolation:
Eczema patients often avoid social settings as they are embarrassed of their condition. They experience considerable discrimination and social isolation. Apart from that, many people avoid meeting with those who have this condition.
Frustration Associated With Treatment And Process:
Although treatment helps manage the symptoms of eczema, most patients can’t wait to see the results. In fact, the process of treatment and delayed results made some people shocked, confused and angry. Sometimes repeat appointments and annoyance when appointments don’t run on time made some patients feel that they are not getting treatment. Not all people feel confident when meeting a new doctor for nurse for the first time. They may also feel that they are just wasting their money as they are not seeing the results.
When to See a Health Care Provider:
If you are experiencing sadness, decrease energy, difficulty concentrating, stress,frustration and other emotional effects for two weeks or longer, you may have depression. Therefore, call your health care provider.
A Ray of Hope:
Although eczema makes your skin look unpleasant, it is not a life threatening disease. It can be managed with treatment, lifestyle changes and keeping up with your doctor. Staying positive will help you feel contended and calmness from within. Try meditation, yoga and breathing to calm down your anxiety and stress moments. All the best!