Avoid Flare-ups in the Heat | Eczema and Summer
Eczema often tends to worsen in the winter months when it is cold and dry, however, for people suffering from eczema, summer is no walk in the park.
Increased heat and humidity will undoubtedly lead to sweating which one of the main triggers to an eczema flare up. Sweat contains salts that can cause irritation to broken skin, particularly in areas where moisture becomes trapped such as the elbows or the back of the neck and knees. An increase in allergens in the air, such as pollen, can also release histamine inside our bodies which can lead to further itchiness. Here are six strategies for avoiding eczema flare-ups during the summer months.
Minimising the amount of sweat you produce is a great first line of defence. Avoid the times of the day when the temperature is excessive such as mid-day or sticking to the shade when in- or outdoors. Drinking plenty of water will keep your body at a normal temperature and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing.
Change out of wet clothing as soon as possible
Staying dry is the best way to avoid flare-ups over summer. If you feel your body becoming wet with sweat, then removing the wet clothes and changing them for dry clothing will make a difference in managing eczema flares. If you go swimming, rather than letting the water dry off you in the sun, dry yourself fully to prevent the moisture drying out your skin.
Use an air purifier to remove environmental triggers
Air purifiers can be great to help remove dust, pollen and other allergens in the air which when inhaled can cause allergic reactions.
Rinse off immediately after going swimming
Chlorinated swimming water and salt from the ocean can cause complications for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. If there is no shower available, bring with you a spray bottle filled with water and rinse immediately after leaving the water. Make sure to reapply any moisturiser and sun cream to protect the skin after you have been in water.
Bathe or shower daily to keep skin clean
Showering or bathing daily can help clear the skin of bacteria, sweat and dust which can accumulate during a normal day. Studies have shown in children that a daily bath immediately followed by moisturising in the summer months can improve eczema symptoms.
Moisturise to restore the skins balance
Moisturising within 60 seconds of getting out of the shower offers the best results.