Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is an itchy inflammation of the skin, linked to a varying degree with other characteristics, like:
- signs of superficial infection, like – crusty deposits;
- redness of affected areas of skin;
- thickened, cracked, scaly skin;
- small to medium raised bumps;
- lumps in affected areas;
- generally dry skin.
The condition affects about 3 percent of children and adults and between 10 to 20 percent of infants in the US.
Factors which play an important part in triggering a flare-up of this skin condition vary according to the type of eczema an individual has. Common causes of eczema include:
- hormones – women who have dermatitis generally experience worsening of the symptoms during pregnancy and menstruation;
- emotional stress – typically, stress can worsen the symptoms of dermatitis;
- nutrition – certain foods such as soy products, wheat, nuts, seeds, eggs, processed meats, and dairy products can trigger dermatitis;
- hot and cold temperatures – high or low humidity, perspiration from exercise, and hot weather can irritate the skin and trigger the condition;
- microbes – these include some bacteria like S. aureus or certain viruses and fungi;
- irritants – shampoos, disinfectants, soaps, or detergents;
- allergens – mold, dandruff, pollens, pets and dust mites.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema and is strongly associated with allergic rhinitis and asthma.
Hives, also known as urticaria, are red, itchy, raised welts on the skin which appear in varying sizes and shapes.
They occur when the physical body reacts to an allergen and releases histamine (a neurotransmitter which plays an important role in many allergic reactions) and other chemicals from under the surface of the skin.
Urticaria can be triggered by:
- some foods, like – eggs, peanuts, nuts, and shellfish;
- some plants, like – poison ivy and poison oak;
- medications, like – aspirin, antibiotics, and ibuprofen;
- insect bites or stings;
- pet dander;
- physical stimuli, like – cold, heat, pressure, exercise, or sun exposure;
- viral infections, including infectious mononucleosis, the common cold, and hepatitis;
- bacterial infections, such as – strep throat or urinary tract infections;
- blood transfusions;
Itch, also known as pruritus, is a sensation on the skin which provokes the desire to scratch or rub the area to obtain relief. It can cause frustration and discomfort.
Anyone can get the condition, but certain groups of individuals are more susceptible to pruritus, including:
- people over 65 years;
- people with hay fever, seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma;
- pregnant women;
- individuals with various types of cancer and HIV/AIDS;
- individuals with diabetes.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the skin which happens when the production of new skin cells occurs 10 times faster than normal.
Psoriasis affects patients of all ages, however, most commonly it affects young people aged 15 to 25.
The most common symptoms include:
- nails which detach from the nail beds;
- plaques of red skin;
- the growth of toenail fungus;
- discoloration of the toenails or finger;
- cracked, discolored skin;
- dandruff on the scalp;
- lesions which can be sensitive, itchy, and painful.
It is a condition in which patches of the skin turn into smooth, white areas. It occurs when the cells which produce melanin stop functioning or die.
In addition, vitiligo may affect the eye color, hair, and areas in and around the mouth, rectum, genitals, lips, nostrils, or belly button.
The overall meaning of eczema is identical to that of all dermatoses. There is a strong reaction, a rejection of the aggressor (real or imaginary, external or internal) and skin manifestation, which is disagreeable and often accompanied by intense itchiness.
Besides the mechanical causes (allergy, heredity, etc.), which are just aggravating factors, eczema is a classic psychosomatic manifestation that is known by Western medicine as such.
The individual experiences a reactive defense against an outside aggression.
The more sensitive and responsive we are, the stronger the reaction will be. Eczema clearly indicates that we are not comfortable with what comes from the outside, therefore, we want to defend ourselves.
Spiritual Meaning of Hives
Urticaria represents a rash and serious itching that remind us of nettle stings. It is an allergic reaction caused by a touched or ingested substance.
In any case, we have come into contact with something that has caused the hives or blisters. In other words, we experience a strong reaction to external factors.
Who or what is so unbearable? Who annoys us so much? What is the situation that makes us have such a strong reaction?
Spiritual Meaning of Itching
Itching is associated with an uncomfortable state of loneliness, whether conscious or not, with guilt or the absence of a purpose.
Spiritual Meaning of Psoriasis
A difficult relationship with the mother often hides behind psoriasis.
The child feels the need to harden the relationship with what he perceives from the outside. He hardens the skin that did not feel maternal tenderness.
There is often a mother who did not know how to express this tenderness out of fear of losing her own identity as a woman, whether active or not, going too far with her maternal role.
Spiritual Meaning of Vitiligo
Vitiligo can be linked to an experience of rejection, abandonment, and disrespect. It can also be related to a change in our partner’s attitude, who chooses to leave, no longer accepting a symbolic relationship, for instance.
In any case, the other person caused a negative self-image of ourselves and/or low self-esteem.
This image degradation has turned into the idea that we have no right to happiness or success.