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I am 54 and have had several bouts of PR (and other interesting skin rashes like lichen planus) on and off throughout my life. Doctors say that conditions like these are random and not caused by stress and they are not hereditary. I have never met anyone else who has had these skin conditions, so am guessing it isn't that common and on each occasion I have had an outbreak it has followed a particularly stressful time in my life. Each time I have been told it is merely "coincidental".
Now my 7 year old grandson has been diagnosed with PR. Although 7 year olds don't usually suffer from stress he has had some upheaval in his life over the past few months - a new baby brother, a house move and the prospect of moving schools in the near future. So is his PR just another coincidence or could there perhaps a connection between PR and stress - and could there be a tendency for family members to be more susceptible to this condition? I'd be interested to hear whether there are any other families where PR has appeared in more than one generation.
The last time I had PR the itching drove me mad and kept me awake - which just exacerbated the stress. The creams prescribed by the doctor did absolutely nothing. By chance I met a lady who taught a technique called Autogenic Therapy. I enrolled on a course and learnt techniques to help me relax and control my stress. The PR abated quite dranatically and there has been no sign of PR for the last 5 years, so I am hoping I have found a way to fend it off.
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