Much like eczema scratching will worsen the symptoms and can often leave embarrassing marks on the skin. Treatment will usually involve ointments and moisturiser’s but a new study has now shown that it is possible to mentally treat the disease.
Researchers at the Barnsley District General Hospital in the United Kingdom have undertaken a study which shows the affects of hypnotherapy on patients with dermatitis. 18 adults and 20 children all suffering from severe dermatitis participated in the study and started to show improvements even from the very early stages.
Over the next 18 months the improvements remained constant throughout all clinical testing appointments. Out of the children, 10 experience immediate relief from side effects such as itching and scratching, 9 had improved sleeping patterns and 7 showed improvements in their general moods.
Having a skin condition doesn’t just affect you physically but also emotionally. As a child, growing up with skin that is different to everyone else’s can often leave emotional scars from taunting or bullying. If alternative treatments such as hypnotherapy can relieve even a small amount of suffering then they should be utilised.
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