Does Stress Cause Boils?

The American Dermatological Association says that stress makes skin drier and more brittle. This makes it easier for staphylococcal, the bacteria that causes most boils, to get into the skin and cause an infection. WebMD says that bacteria can get into the body through tiny holes in dry skin.

The American Psychology Association says that having high levels of cortisol and other stress hormones can make it hard for the immune system to work well. Small cracks in the skin are more likely to get infected by the bacteria that causes boils when the person is under a lot of stress and doesn’t take good care of their skin.

The American Dermatological Association says that learning how to deal with stress will help the skin be less likely to get sick from staphylococcal bacteria. Stress management techniques can help make the skin look better and make the immune system work better.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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