I grew up with dry skin. I have a vague recollection of my childhood with eczema; nothing too severe according to my mother. During the winter period of 2000, I suffered a major psoriasis breakout around my torso. This was while I was completing my final year at the Nottingham Trent University. In hindsight, it was probably stress-related. Graduating with a first-class honours degree in engineering was a mere consolation =)
I've had a few flare-ups over the past couple of years but have managed to keep it at bay with topical steroid treatments, and a variety of off-the-shelf treatments. In 2005, I found a skin specialist that I was finally comfortable with -- Dr. LP Tan based in TTDI, KL. In addition, I have managed to identify stress as one of the triggers and that has lead to new ways of managing my life.
However, my skin is acting up again! Over the past fortnight, I have suffered from a major eczema flare-up. The itch has become unbearable over the past few days, despite moisturizing. While I doubt it's stress this time around, I am guessing it's probably in relation to poor diet.
I've just spent a sleepless night, but hopefully things will change for the better soon. I am embarking on an elimination diet, to try and pinpoint the food chemical trigger(s). Over the next fortnight, I'll be sticking to a vegetarian diet, and staying away from milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, yeast, seafood and food with preservatives. This also means staying away from booze, although I suspect this is going to be very difficult with the New Year celebrations over the coming weekend =P
There are lots of links on the web with regards to eczema and psoriasis. I'd recommend Wikipedia to start with, as well as Evelyn Lim's blog: Eczema Skin Treatment.
By the way, it doesn't spread. So don't worry -- we can still hang out!