In general, eczema is not dangerous and also not contagious. However, the symptoms (particularly the itchy sensation) during flare-up can be very bothersome. Even many sufferers find that dealing with the urge of scratching the affected skin can be the most challenging thing. Do the symptoms (including itch) of this chronic skin problem worse and flare up at night?
It is definitely true that the quality of our sleep is so crucial for our productivity and overall health. The body needs adequate sleep a day to keep functioning properly.
And sleeping is also absolutely true for the mechanism of your body to heal itself. In fact, most of the body repairs run during sleep.
In other words, if you have eczema, it is also important to have a good night sleeping since this is important to help heal your skin and improve the overall health of your skin.
If you have sleep deprivation, the function of your body is more likely to be focused on basic functions. As a result, the effort of your body in healing the skin damage due to eczema will not work optimally.
So if you want to heal the affected skin faster, getting plenty of sleep is the basic thing you need to concern!
While sleeping is so essential to help heal eczema quickly, not all sufferers can get a good quality of sleeping at night. The problem can disturb the way of your sleeping.
The itchy sensation of the affected skin can be so terrible, and this can increase the urge of scratching. If you cannot deal with the urge of scratching, the problem will get worse.
Furthermore, the open wounds and pain can lead to uncomfortable sleeping position. All of these things are bad in getting ideal sleeping conditions.
The answer may vary from sufferer to sufferer, but yap there are some sufferers say that the problem can get worse at night or even in the evening – however, this issue is not fully understood yet.
In some cases, the itching skin tends to get worse when there are no daytime tasks that distract the mind – as a result, the mind is more focused on the urge of scratching. This may be one of reasons why the problem gets worse at night.
There are several causes of itch, and in fact eczema is one of the most common causes. About 6 percent of people in the U.S (about 17.8 million Americans) report that they experience some forms of atopic condition such as eczema.
In addition, each sufferer can have varying degrees of itch. In other words, while some can have severe itch, others only experience mild itch or even maybe without any itchy symptoms (or very mild itch).
The answer may not be clear yet, as noted before – however there are some theories. The following are some of these theories!
Some experts believe that the circadian rhythms in the production of some chemicals (called mediators) may have an effect in activating & stimulating itch nerve fibers. Some data show that these mediators are more likely to increase at night.
Another theory, it may be about the temperature change of the body at night. There is also data to show that the skin temperature can rise (by 1 degree) at nighttime. Typically, the raised skin temperature is not directly related with the itch for most people – but for some, heat can aggravate the itch or make the skin itch more.
In general, this chronic skin disorder is not considered as a life-threatening condition. However, many times the symptoms can be very bothersome.
Many eczema sufferers find that dealing with the itchy sensation and the urge of scratching the affected skin is often difficult. Fortunately the problem can be controllable. Here are some helpful tips (general guideline) to cope with itchy and flare-up of eczema: