One in twelve adults have eczema at one time or another. Some are adults whose eczema has lingered on from childhood, while others will have eczema for the first time in adulthood.
As people get older emotional stress and tension can play a large role in triggering a flare-up of eczema or aggravating the current condition. No one can get rid of stress in their lives, but we can learn how to handle it. Adult eczema often does recover completely.
People often think that stress accompanies a person who leads a very busy life, taking on more than he or she can possible do. Yet many people with eczema restrict their lives because they don’t want to be seen in public when their skin looks too awful. Staying at home, feeling bad about yourself, is very stressful thing to do. While eczema should never be ignored or neglected, it is not a good idea to focus on it heavily either. It is embarrassing to be stared at, but better that than become a self-made prisoner.
You do have to adopt a bit of a ‘me first’ attitude and do what you enjoy. It may be that all you need is a practical way of handling a build-up of stress. Do you make time for yourself, or are you at everybody else’s beck and call? Relax by making time to do something that you enjoy, regularly. This can be a hobby, sporting activity or anything else that you like, so long as you do it often enough.
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