Managing Eczema in the Summer
Generally speaking, eczema tends to improve during the summer months as the air is less dry, and cold, which tends to make eczema worse. Extra sunlight can also have a role in improving skin that is affected by eczema in some people. On the other hand, some factors will work against you:
- In many areas of the world, heat and humidity increases significantly during the summer months, increasing sweating.
- Sweating removes moisture from your body, and at the same time, it can irritate the skin.
- Heat can increase itchiness for many people.
- Allergies and hay-fever are common in those with eczema, and may be a triggering factor for you. Pollen allergy is also a common problem in the spring and summer months.
- Certain skin products such as sunscreens may play a role in irritating your skin.
Heat and sweat are the main culprits, and they can work together to frustrate those who suffer from eczema during the summer months. The key to managing eczema during the summer is to keep these two factors under control. Compared to the winter, there are many advantages such as warmer weather and higher humidity, both of which help reduce skin dryness which is the main trouble with eczema.
Keeping cool by staying in the shade, and wearing loose fitting clothing can help keep sweat and heat under control, and your eczema clear. Planning your day well by choosing lighter clothes to wear, and staying in the shade can keep your core temperature lower, reducing itch, and sweat, which can cause eczema flares.
Allergies are also another factor that can play a role in eczema. Many children (and some adults) have a type of eczema called atopic dermatitis. This condition is also common in those with hay fever and other allergies. Allergic reactions can aggravate eczema and itching. Pollen allergies are notorious for causing significant disruption during the day for those that are susceptible, and they are also very difficult to avoid.
Taking antihistamines early in the day before you are exposed to the allergens can help to reduce itching and inflammation from allergies. Dealing with the problem early can help control allergies and eczema. Remember that itching needs to be controlled as soon as possible to avoid scratching, which will start a cycle of worsening the skin and itching. Some people use different cosmetics during the summer time. Sunscreens are used far more frequently during the summer months, and could be a cause for skin irritation if you find that the summer seems to aggravate eczema.
Finally, eczema can be an annoyance, but it is also important to keep sun damage and dehydration in mind too. Use sunscreen, and keep yourself well hydrated and enjoy the summer.
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