Eczema and Sweat.
If your eczema flares up in the summer due to sweating, you are not alone. Many eczema sufferers report that hot temperatures and high humidity cause eczema flare-ups. Sweating, which sometimes causes prickly heat sensations, can initiate an eczema flare-up or irritate an existing one. Since sweating goes hand-in-hand with exercise, sports, and summer fun, these activities can also bring on eczema. While you cannot control the weather, you can try to minimize symptoms brought on by the heat. Below are a few tips to help enjoy your summer while keeping eczema at bay.
- Use air conditioning in your home when it is hot and humid.
- Shower immediately after exercising, sports, or playing outside to remove salty, irritating sweat.
- Use mild, unscented soap when showering and rinse thoroughly.
- Avoid strenuous exercise outside in hot humid weather during an eczema flare-up.
- Shower in lukewarm water. Hot water can be irritating and strip natural oils.
- Gently pat dry your skin instead of rubbing. Apply a moisturizer or emollient immediately while the skin is still damp (this will seal in the moisture from the shower). If possible, apply emollient/moisturizer two or three times per day.
- Drink eight glasses of a water a day and stay hydrated, which helps skin stay moisturized.
- Wear breathable natural-fiber clothing that is loose fitting. Tight fitting clothing can irritate eczema by rubbing the affected area. Tencel® eczema clothing is best for eczema as it wicks and prevents sweat. One hundred percent cotton is the next best fabric for eczema, and linen is next. Wool and polyester can irritate skin and trap sweat near skin, causing more irritation.
- Wear less clothing to bed and use natural fiber bedding such as Cotton and Tencel®.
- Wet wrap therapy will calm itching and provide a more restful sleep while it also repairs the skin barrier.
- Turn down air conditioning during sleep to avoid night sweats and eczema flare-ups.
- Always wash new clothing before wearing for the first time and use a Free and Clear liquid laundry detergent that is mild and unscented. We recommend skipping the fabric softener and dryer sheets.
- During summer months, eczema flare-ups are very common in the folds of skin such as inside the elbows and behind the knees. Eczema sleeves for both child and adult eczema made out of eco-friendly natural fabric are great at wicking excess moisture from these areas and preventing skin from touching in the folds, preventing eczema flare-ups.
- Sports uniforms in synthetic materials can be tough for eczema sufferers. Eczema sleeves under uniforms can help prevent irritation by wicking excess moisture.
- Shower after swimming since chlorine from swimming pools can irritate eczema.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.