Springtime is here and so are the dreaded springtime allergies, which can bring added stress and flares for eczema sufferers. Like other common allergies including dust mites, pet dander, gluten or dairy, pollen is another very common allergy associated with eczema. During these transition months to summer, pollen levels can be all over the place. But have no fear, you can still enjoy the beautiful outdoors with just some added precaution.
- Zyrtec AllergyCast or WebMD Allergy are two apps you can download on your smartphone or tablet to better plan your day. Both allow you to set the location then will give you a detailed report about pollen levels on a specific day. This is an excellent tool for traveling. It also can be used to uncover the connection between your flares and the pollen count. If the pollen is high on a particular day, and your eczema flares there may be a connection. It is also important to use a journal to better monitor your eczema flares over time.
- If you do notice a flare, it is time to use an allergy friendly filter for your air conditioner.
- Fresh cut grass is often the best smell of the spring and summer, and to avoid pollen and allergies, it should remain just a smell. To better protect against a flare, avoid freshly cut grass for at least 2 hours after it has been cut.
- Pollen is entered into our bodies through our eyes and nose and we cannot see it. Since pollen can be airborne, try to keep doors and windows shut or check your local pollen levels prior to opening. And always rinse off after being outdoor and then moisturize and dress in eczema clothing.
- Morning time often has the highest levels of pollen compared to the rest of the day, so consider an afternoon walk instead.
- Pro tip: It is also the time of year to be wearing sunscreen regularly. Get yours today! Vanicream sunscreen is perfect. It’s free from harmful chemicals and is eczema friendly. It’s also water resistant, so it’s ideal for kids or outside activities!
- Eczema is very closely related to different allergies. Consider going to an allergist to uncover what exactly you are allergic to. From there you can consult with your doctors on the best treatment plan.
- If exercising outdoors consider wearing eczema relief clothing. This clothing includes tops and arm and leg sleeves. These garments wick salty sweat off the skin and prevent an eczema flare.
Now that winter is over, you need some Vitamin D! Remember, Vitamin D can be healing for your eczema. Try not to let springtime allergies get you down, after a long winter it’s about time to get outside and enjoy.
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.