Dyshidrotic Eczema: Is Stress Affecting Your Skin?

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Dyshidrotic eczema is often easy to diagnose due to its physical characteristics and location. One of the most common triggers for a flare-up is stress, giving it the appropriate moniker of “stress eczema.” While managing stress is part of the treatment plan for most patients, there are other things you can do to manage your symptoms.

Symptoms of “Stress Eczema”

The first symptom is often burning or itching where the blisters will form. Blisters are most common on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, but spread to the tops of the hands or feet in more severe cases. It is common on the sides of the fingers or toes. Because of the unique location of this type of eczema, it is often the easiest to diagnose.

Blisters are usually bright red and raised bumps clustered in large patches. If not kept clean or appropriately treated, they may become infected.

Common Triggers

In addition to stress, many triggers are thought to cause a flare-up of dyshidrotic eczema. The most common are things that come in contact with the skin, like certain types of metals or ingredients in soaps or lotions. Some medications may also inadvertently cause a flare-up due to side effects. Environmental factors like high humidity or high UVA levels could trigger some sufferers.

Dyshidrotic Eczema Treatments

Eczema flare-ups will often go away on their own after several weeks. However, topical treatments may speed up healing and reduce the discomfort in the meantime. Moisturizers and anti-itch medications are the most common. Prescription corticosteroids, either topical or oral medications, could help with more severe cases. Your doctor may prescribe stronger treatments, like immunosuppression or antifungal medications, if needed.

How to Manage Your Condition

In addition to medical treatment, there are things you can do to minimize your symptoms. Because dyshidrotic eczema is often triggered by stress, taking steps to reduce anxiety can make a significant impact. You might speak to a therapist, take medication or practice mindfulness. Changing your diet can also help, like avoiding certain nuts or tea.

Are you experiencing any of these classic signs of stress eczema? Make your appointment with Medical Dermatology Specialists to learn more about the condition and what you can do to minimize your symptoms.

Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
5730 Glenridge Dr, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 939-9220

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Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.