Stressed Out Eczema Flare-Up
Updated: Mar 29
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My Attempt At A Resolution
Typically, I have my eczema managed; I'm sure my boyfriend thinks otherwise by my constant itching. Though recently I experienced a flare up on my arms, which hasn't happened in 4-5 years. I knew right away that it was all stress-related. Regardless, I cut out my lactose-free cheese, tried to drink more water, and dug up some prednisone I had left over from my allergist.
Disclaimer: only take medicine your doctor prescribes for your specific medical need.
NONE of this worked.
I sat down and evaluated why I was so stressed and how I could change that. I have a lot of things up in the air in my life right now. Being a type A, basically OCD individual sent my thoughts on a endless loop of what-ifs.
Currently, I am mixed up with 4 different jobs across my week. Some weeks I love the diversity and other days I pray for more consistency.
I work at a private clinic 2 days per week, a summer school 2 days per week, for the county doing pediatric home visits 1 day per week, and I recently landed a bartending gig at a local brewery. Of course, the main reason for all these jobs is money. I am trying to pay my student loans off as quickly as possible so my boyfriend and I can start a new chapter of our lives together.
Anyway, reasons for my stress include: money, work, money, clients, work hours, finding time to work out, money, and benefits.
*notice how I let all of my waking thoughts revolve around money. Terrible.
So I tried my usual natural remedies for my hideous arm break-out but nothing worked. I ended up calling about 5 dermatologists a day to find an opening because my only hope would be a prescription. Plus I am loosing my health benefits in August when I turn 26 :( FINALLY after about 2 weeks I landed an appointment and got a real prescription for the beloved prednisone.
Once I complete the cycle I will have to find a better work-life balance to ensure my stress levels are maintained.
Share Your Experience
What are your eczema triggers?
What are some natural remedies you use for your eczema? (I carry Aquaphor on me at all times)
How do you manage your day-to-day stress to avoid a flare-up?