Eczema: Linked to depression and anxiety
The dry, itchy, red patches of this condition may show up on areas like your neck or inner elbows. It’s incredibly common—30 million Americans have eczema—and while it most often appears as a kid, adults can develop it, too. One surprise though is the toll it takes on your mental health, says board-certified dermatologist Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Many patients feel like they’re in a bad mood or they have major depressive disorder. They don’t make the connection that a lot of it stems from having a skin disease,” he says. Treating eczema (like with a prescription topical medication) can relieve bothersome symptoms like itching that disturbs sleep and reduces the stress you may feel about the disease, which in turn, can be a boon to your psyche. Check out these 6 other skin conditions that get worse when you’re stressed!
Psoriasis: Associated with heart disease
This autoimmune system causes raised, rough, scaly patches on your skin, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. It’s also related to some serious health issues. The Foundation points out that research shows sufferers with a severe form of the disease are 58 percent more likely to have a “major cardiac event” and 43 percent more likely to have a stroke. “There may be certain inflammatory markers involved in both psoriasis and the development of plaque in arteries,” says Dr. Silverberg. It may also have to do with the strong meds that patients often have to take to control the disease that contribute to side effects, adds Marie Jhin, MD, board certified dermatologist in San Francisco. And make sure you know these everyday habits that are wrecking your skin.