Topical steroids are a mainstay treatment for eczema, and severe episodes are sometimes treated with oral steroids.

Meanwhile stress is a known trigger for exacerbating eczema. During physiological stress, large amounts of endogenous steroid cortisol are released.

Why would exogenous steroids and endogenous steroids have opposite effects on eczema?

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