Stress is a physical reaction. So, when we experience stressful situations, our bodies still respond the same way as when our ancestors met a bear in the woods—by going into fight-or-flight mode. That physical response to stress makes our bodies produce more stress hormones like adrenaline or cortisol, which can alter the immune system. This is believed to contribute to eczema symptoms.
That’s why it may be helpful to manage your stress levels, in addition to the physical symptoms of eczema.
You can start by recognizing and reducing stress in your life, eating well and exercising, getting enough sleep, and seeking support.