If you live with eczema (there are several types — a common one is atopic dermatitis), it can feel like you’re never cut a break. Each season comes with its own set of triggers and irritants. Dryness and lack of natural sunlight in winter; seasonal allergies and hay fever in spring. Even in summer, when you might be anticipating some relief, the heat, increased sweating, swimming in chlorinated water, and sleeping in air-conditioning can all potentially worsen your symptoms. In an effort to stay healthy and comfortable, consider the following tips on how to manage your eczema as seasons change.
During warmer months, focus on keeping allergies at bay, limiting sun exposure, and regulating your temperature.
- Consult with your doctor about taking antihistamines to get ahead of allergies
- Apply hypoallergenic sunblock before going out
- Wear loose cotton clothing
- Rinse off and moisturize after swimming in saltwater or chlorine
- Rinse off and moisture after sweating
- Stay hydrated by drinking eight cups of water daily
- Consider investing in an air purifier for your home
During colder months, focus on managing dryness and regulating your temperature.
- Keep the temperature in your home consistent from room to room
- Reduce the length and frequency of warm showers and avoid hot showers
- Use layers of bedding rather than just one warm blanket
- Wear layers of clothing that can be removed
- Take off damp clothes quickly, especially gloves, scarfs and hats
- Consider investing in a humidifier for your home
Year-round, it’s important to take notice of the types of weather and environmental conditions that affect your skin. As eczema is brought by any number of internal and external factors, and tends to appear and disappear in varying degrees of severity, remaining vigilant about your particular triggers will go a long way towards helping you keep your eczema under control.
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