For many people, itching is severe or unbearable. It stung both day and night, so that 8 out of 10 patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis had sleep disorders, and more than half of itching interfered with their sleep five to seven nights a week.
"Some people scratch themselves asleep or try to sleep. Sometimes, scratching is heard from other rooms. It is difficult for parents to see their child suffer or a husband seeing his partner in that situation. However, those who suffer the most are crossed by itching , rash, redness and pain, "said Gabriel Gattolin, president of the Argentine Allergy and Clinical Immunology Association (AAAeIC). It also gives the so-called cycle between itching and scratching, which results in more itching.
Half of those who have moderate to severe variants also feel pain. Lesions can cover more than half of the body and manifest in sensitive areas such as the eyelids, neck, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles. By scratching, they can hurt themselves more and increase the risk of infection. The impact on quality of life is high, in addition to the fact that many of them tend to make pilgrimages to several doctors until they reach a diagnosis.
Atopic dermatitis can cause low self-esteem, fear of being seen, suffering from bullying and encouraging the development of depression. Four of the 10 people who suffered were embarrassed and half of the patients were frustrated with their illness.
Those with moderate atopic dermatitis lose three times the work of others. On average, teens lose 26 class days per year for this condition (around 3.5 days per episode). "This affects aspects of everyday life such as choosing clothes, physical activity, traveling with friends or more important issues such as public presentations, interpersonal relationships or sexual activity. These negative psychological effects can cause anxiety, depression or isolation , "Closed Gabriel Gattolin.