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Can mental stress trigger dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Mental stress doesn't trigger dermatitis, but it can worsen the rash if you have it. The skin, immune system, and nerves are all interconnected. So when a person with dermatitis is under stress, it can cause the body to release chemicals that can make the tissues of the skin become inflamed and itchy. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

Seek a physician’s assistance for medical concerns.

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