summer and eczema
Some people find their eczema becomes more manageable in the summer months. The NHS website says that eczema is often worse during colder periods and less problematic during warmer periods of the year, but this isn’t always the case. Personal triggers often play a part in the flare ups and if you suffer with allergies, are sensitive to dry air or find sweat to irritate your skin resulting in the tell-tale red, itchy skin then the summer can pose a real problem.

Exposure to the sun is particularly drying on the skin. As the skin dries out the natural oils are lost and dry skin is the perfect starting point for flare ups. Add exposure to water (in the form of the sea, paddling pools and swimming pools or even water fountains for example) also saps the skin of its natural moisture and this is a real problem. Sweat only adds to the issue, it is salty and even more moisture is lost. As the skin dries out the itchy rashes develop, so you will need to take extra care of your skin if you find the summer time provides no relief to your symptoms.

How to Help Prevent Summer Time Eczema Flare Ups

  • The first thing you can do is increase the amount of creams or salves you use on your skin.
  • Limit the time you spend out in the full sun – avoiding the hottest time of the day and seeking out shaded areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid hot showers, choose lukewarm baths instead, relaxing in the tub for no more than five to ten minutes.
  • Once you get out of the bath slather on generous amounts of your usual emollients.
  • If you suffer from allergies remember to visit your doctor for your prescribed antihistamines as they will reduce your sensitivity to the allergens.
  • Think carefully about the fabric choices you make during hotter months. Some fabrics will cause havoc on your skin, making it itchier, causing you to sweat more and generally making you feel incredibly uncomfortable.
Silk is an ideal fabric to choose as it is a natural fibre that helps you to stay cool and lets the skin breathe and function how it needs to. If you or a member of your family find it difficult to cope ask your GP about Skinnies Silk Therapeutic clothing. Our Skinnies Silk therapeutic garments are perfect for the summer time and are available on prescription or from our website.

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