Does your eczema flare in the summer? Does sweating aggravate your eczema? You’re not alone. Many eczema suffers report that hot temperatures and high humidity cause eczema flares. Sweating irritates eczema and/or starts a flare. Many with eczema say sweating leads to a prickly heat sensation that results in eczema flare-ups. Sweating goes hand-in-hand with exercise, sports, and summer fun. These activities can also bring on eczema. You can’t control the weather, but you can try to minimize the symptoms, so you can enjoy your summer. Below are a few tips, so you can have a fun summer with the least amount of eczema possible.
- Use your air conditioning in your home when it’s hot and humid.
- If your child has eczema, ask that they are seated in the classroom away from the sunny windows.
- Shower immediately after exercising, sports, or playing outside. Some say the salt in the sweat is irritating and showering will help.
- Use mild, unscented soap when showering.
- During an eczema flare, avoid strenuous exercise outside during hot, humid weather.
- Shower in tepid, lukewarm water. Hot water can be irritating.
- Gently pat dry your skin or your child's skin instead of rubbing and apply a moisturizer or emollient immediately while the skin is still damp (this will seal in the moisture from the shower). If possible, apply the emollient/moisturizer 2-3 times per day.
- Drink 8 glasses of a water a day. Staying hydrated will help skin stay moisturized.
- Wear breathable natural-fiber clothing that is loose fitting. Tight fitting clothing can irritate eczema by rubbing on the affected area. Cotton or Tencel are good options. Wool and polyester can irritate skin and trap sweat near the skin and cause more irritation.
- Wear less clothing to bed and use bedding made out of a natural fiber like Cotton and Tencel.
- If itching occurs while sleeping, wet wrap therapy will calm the itch and provide a more restful sleep while it repairs the skin barrier.
- When sleeping, turn down the air conditioning to avoid night sweats and eczema flares.
- Always wash your clothing before wearing for the first time and use a liquid laundry detergent that is mild and unscented. We recommend skipping the fabric softener.
- During summer months, eczema flares are very common in the folds of skin, inside elbows, and behind the knees. The AD RescueWear sleeves made out of eco-friendly natural fabric is great at wicking excess moisture from these areas and preventing skin from touching in the folds.
- Sports uniforms in synthetic materials are tough for eczema suffers. The AD RescueWear sleeves under uniforms can help the irritation by wicking excess moisture and holding it in the inside of the fabric.
- Shower after swimming. The chlorine from swimming pools can also irritate eczema.
This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition