Curious about other conditions related to eczema?
You may have noticed eczema doesn't always show up alone. And maybe you’re wondering why this is. Well, let’s explore the conditions sometimes associated with eczema.
When eczema’s got company
Even if you’re living with eczema, it may not be your only concern. In fact, some people experience what doctors call "comorbidities," or other health conditions related to your eczema that can occur at the same time. And while having comorbidities is known to make dealing with eczema more complex, we should point out these conditions don’t cause one another, they just commonly occur together. Your doctor will screen you for possible comorbidities listed below and may refer you to a different doctor for further care.
“Atopic March” Conditions
Some examples of comorbidities are a group of conditions called the "atopic march"—which are allergic conditions that people have a genetic tendency to develop. That means, if you do have one, the likelihood of developing another goes up.
Asthma is an allergic, respiratory condition that causes the inflammation of a person’s airways, making them swollen and narrow. These restricted airways lead to shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and a tight feeling in the chest.
Allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as “hay fever,” is an inflammation of the sinus cavity and nose caused by allergens like dust, animal fur, or pollen. People with allergic rhinitis may experience a range of symptoms, like a runny nose, itchiness in the face (eyes, nose, mouth), a sore throat, or sneezing.
Food allergies to dairy, soy, peanuts, or wheat are common for people living with eczema. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include an itchy mouth, swollen lips, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, hives, rash, or even lowered blood pressure. If you experience these symptoms, get medical help right away.
Stress and eczema, two peas in a pod
How are eczema and stress related? Learn about stress and how it can affect your eczema.
Researchers have found that more than 30% of people diagnosed with eczema have also been diagnosed with anxiety or depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health recommends talking to your doctor if you’ve experienced some of these symptoms for two weeks or more:
- Feeling less energetic or tired more than usual
- Feeling sad, hopeless, or anxious
- Feeling like you're losing interest in hobbies
- Having problems sleeping
- Experiencing weight change (gain or loss)
Mental health resources
If you've been feeling upset or overwhelmed because of your eczema, there are resources available to help.
- Call the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Helpline at 800-950-NAMI
- Find a therapist who can help at Psychology Today
- Find support and join relevant community conversations about mental health at MentalHealth.gov