The intensely itchy, red, inflamed skin that eczema is known for can make you dread otherwise fun activities, such as going to the beach or frolicking outside during the summer. People with eczema have delicate skin that can become inflamed when exposed to temperatures that are too warm or too cold.
Making adjustments to overcome triggers and minimize flare-ups is key to controlling eczema when temperatures rise. Dr. Ulrike Ziegner at Riviera Allergy Medical Center has put together some tips to help you manage your eczema this summer, so you can enjoy the sunshine.
A number of factors make it more likely to experience eczema flare-ups during the summer. Understanding summertime triggers can help you stay one step ahead of bothersome flare-ups.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It plays an important role in providing a barrier to the outside. Eczema can compromise the skin, making it more sensitive to environmental factors, such as heat, irritants, and bacteria.
When temperatures climb during the summer, it’s best to keep as cool as possible. This may mean carrying a handheld fan, staying hydrated, and spending time in temperature-controlled areas, especially on excessively hot days.
Perspiration helps regulate your temperature and keep you cool. Unfortunately, sweat and eczema don’t make a good mix. Because eczema can make your skin more delicate, your skin can lose moisture more easily. Sweating can make your dry skin even drier. Additionally, sweat can cause irritation and inflammation and pave the way for flare-ups.
You can help reign in eczema flare-ups by carrying a hand towel to wipe away perspiration on warm days. The longer you leave perspiration on your skin, the more irritated your skin may become. Furthermore, you should drink plenty of fluids to replace fluids lost through sweat.
Products commonly used in the summer, such as sunscreens and bug sprays, can contain ingredients that may trigger flare-ups or makes them worse. Dr. Ziegner can provide some guidance and recommend products that are safer for people with eczema.
Mold and pollen, which peak in the summer, are common allergens that can trigger symptoms. Pollen counts are higher between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so if you can avoid going outdoors during those times, that may help. Furthermore, Dr. Ziegner may be able to provide treatment to help you deal with seasonal allergies.
If you have eczema and want more help on preventing flare-ups in the summertime or in any season, book an appointment online or over the phone with Riviera Allergy Medical Center today.