Winter's on the wing and spring is here!
Most people welcome the warm weather and sunny days of spring. But spring has a dark side. Just ask allergy sufferers. They know that spring is one of the worst seasons for those who have environmental sensitivities. Many of them anticipate weeks of red, itchy eyes and runny noses. But those are allergy sufferers. Do eczema sufferers also have to fear spring sensitivities?
Eczema is part of a trio of conditions called the Atopic Triad. They are three inflammatory illnesses that tend to come together: asthma, hay fever, and eczema. Having one of these illnesses increases the likelihood of having or developing the other two. This is why eczema can be a good early warning system for childhood asthma. The Atopic Triad means that spring might be very hard on children with eczema. Suffering from constant allergies may also mean an eczema flare-up. Runny noses, watery eyes and eczema can mean a miserable spring.
One possible solution to the allergy problem is to use antihistamines to help control symptoms. Antihistamines do not alleviate eczema symptoms but they may improve your child’s physical comfort. Keep in mind that allergy medications can have side effects such as drowsiness and may not be suitable for all ages. Be sure to consult a doctor before administering antihistamines or other allergy medications.
An air purifier can be a lifesaver for those with spring allergies. A powerful one can help remove allergens such as pollen and spores from the air. If your home heating and air does not include an air purifying system, you may want to buy a good quality purifier for each room your child is in.
Also, be sure to use an allergy-friendly filter for your furnace and remember to change it regularly. When the weather warms, use the air conditioner as much as possible since sweat can aggravate eczema. The air conditioner also filters out pollen, dust, and other eczema triggers.
In spite of all precautions, your child still may have a springtime eczema flare-up brought on by allergens. If so, take all the normal eczema safeguards. Be sure to moisturize their skin during the day and dress them in somewhat loose-fitting cotton clothing to allow their skin to breathe. Before bed, use Wet Wrap Therapy combined with our Eczema Clothing to give their skin a chance to recover during the night. For infants and toddlers, we recommend our Eczema Rescue Suit as it covers their entire body. As an added benefit, the Eczema Rescue Suit also covers their hands with super-soft material that will help prevent them from scratching throughout the night. If you or your child suffers from eczema in specific places, consider a number of our other eczema wraps such as our eczema gloves and eczema socks. You may also consider purchasing sheets designed just for the eczema sufferer from AD RescueWear.
Spring should be a time to be celebrated, not feared. Keep your children as allergy-free as possible with antihistamines, try to control the air inside your house through air purifiers, and address eczema flare-ups with Wet Wrap Therapy. Enjoy the spring while you can, because summer is coming up fast!
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.