How to Avoid an Eczema Flare-up on Spring Break
Traveling presents many problems for eczema sufferers. Daily skin maintenance may be disrupted. Contact with irritants and allergens cannot be controlled. Food prepared by others may have hidden ingredients. Even the stress of traveling can trigger an eczema flare-up.
Below are some tips to keep eczema under control while traveling, allowing more enjoyable vacation and family time.
Bring Eczema Creams and Medications: Bring eczema creams/medications with you when traveling. Even if the eczema is currently under control, a flare-up could be triggered by new environments, change in diet, or the stress of traveling. To save space, pack travel-sized bottles or ask your doctor for sample sizes - but don’t skimp. It is important to have enough of your trusted products if a flare-up occurs.
Bring Creams and Medications in Carry-On When Flying: It is not uncommon for airlines to lose luggage even if in some cases only temporarily. If a flight is canceled or a connecting flight is missed, your luggage may reach your final destination long before you do, leaving you without access to your eczema creams and medications. So, it is important to keep these items with you in your carry-on. They should be in proper sized bottles and in plastic see-through ziplock bags. In case of any unexpected flight changes, you’ll have easy access to what you need when you need it. Check your airline website for requirements before packing and always plan for the worst. Keep a list of medications and strengths in case you need to discuss them with a doctor or pharmacist.
Continue Daily Skin Maintenance While on Vacation: Keep the daily skin maintenance routine while traveling. It is best to bathe or rinse off before bed to remove any allergens or irritants from the day and apply the prescribed creams and emollients.
Bring Bedding and Towels If Possible: Bring your own sheets and towels. Hotel laundries often use harsh detergents and perfumes that can irritate skin and cause eczema flare-ups.
Avoid New Shampoo and Body Wash: Bring your own shampoo and body wash and avoid trying the ones in the hotel or relative's house. For those who are sensitive to chemicals, it is best to keep the same routine with the same products.
Be Proactive In Case You Have a Reaction: Determine where you would take yourself or your child in case of a bad eczema flare-up. Is there a convenient care or emergency room close to where you are staying? Is there a pharmacy nearby to pick up a prescription or an over-the-counter cream/emollient? It is helpful to know this information in advance, particularly when cell phone service or Wifi may not be available.
Bleach Baths Can Be Helpful: Bleach baths in a hotel can be helpful to prevent infection. Bleach is easily accessible at most grocery and convenience stores. Consult your doctor to determine whether a bleach bath is right for you or your child.
Don't Delay Treating Eczema: If you or your child experiences a flare-up while traveling don’t wait to treat it. Eczema can easily become infected in dry, cold , or humid climates so begin treatment immediately for best results.
Pack Allergy-Friendly Snacks: If you or your child has food allergies, pack some allergy friendly snacks. Eczema can flare up from ingesting allergens such as dairy, gluten, soy, etc. Airports, truck stops, gas stations may serve foods with all of the above allergens and offer very few healthy, allergy-friendly options. Having a supply of foods you or your child can tolerate is imperative.
Wear Protective Eczema Clothing or Undergarments: Protective eczema undergarments over the normal creams and emollients will minimize exposure to environmental eczema triggers and promote healthy skin while traveling. (It will also comfort and soothe eczema in dry winter environments.)
At AD RescueWear, we wish you happy traveling and fun with your family on Spring Break. We also hope you have minimal 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.