With October being Eczema Awareness Month, the National Eczema Association is emphasizing both mental and physical health. Parents of children with the condition tend to be so focused on managing the pain that they rarely think about their son or daughter’s mental health. The reality is that your child might be ashamed, embarrassed, or self-conscious of their skin. It’s possible that they even struggle with confidence at school. As a parent, you constantly worry about what caused a certain outbreak or whether a certain product will yield good results. But there’s so much more to managing eczema than this. In this blog post, we will look at how eczema affects mental health.
Understanding how your child really feels - Skin condition experts confirm that those with eczema have a higher risk for depression, anxiety, and stress. The NEA explains this is due to the way their bodies communicate with their brains during an inflammatory response. What do we mean by this? Well, let’s first remember that our skin is the body’s largest organ. Once our skin becomes inflamed, it makes our brains aware of that inflammation through sensations of pain, heat, itch, and overall discomfort. Dr. Charles Raison, who is looking specifically at inflammation and the development of depression in response to illness and stress, says, “Conditions like atopic dermatitis are associated with inflammation in the skin, and the skin has powerful neuro-connections with the brain. We know that inflammation can talk to the brain, making us feel anxious, depressed, tired and foggy thinking.” In turn, Dr. Raison justifies the notion that someone with eczema is at an increased risk for depression, stress, and/or anxiety. The professor goes on to say, “If your skin is involved in AD and you feel embarrassed, ashamed, or self-conscious, these are huge producers of depression. Those feelings are also very stressful.” With all this in mind, it’s imperative to regularly discuss with your child how they’re feeling both mentally and physically.
Fortunately, there are some lifestyle changes your child can employ to help reduce their body’s inflammation and limit any feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Here are some tips to avoid trigger factors of eczema:
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