Stress-Induced Itch: From Irritation to Disturbance

Stress-Induced Itch: From Irritation to Disturbance
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Himanshu Kumar and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


Can someone who becomes itchy when anxious or stressed develop a more serious case of skin irritation that becomes more frequent and visibly disturbing?



Answered by Dr. Himanshu Kumar


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Yes, it can happen. This can become an itch-scratch cycle triggered by anxiety or stress in your case. Repeated scratching due to stress-induced itching can further irritate the skin, leading to inflammation, redness, and potentially even skin damage. Additionally, stress can also worsen existing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or hives. It's important for individuals experiencing these symptoms to seek medical advice from a dermatologist or healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on managing stress, recommend appropriate skincare routines, and prescribe medications or treatments to help alleviate the symptoms. Stress management techniques such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness, and therapy may also be beneficial in reducing stress-related skin issues.




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