Spring Exercise and Eczema

One of the best things about the springtime is that you can once again get out of your stuffy house and start to enjoy the great outdoors. You can get outside and start exercising and playing sports again! For adults, this might mean fantastic jogging weather or lovely walks. For children, this can mean playing outdoors, maybe soccer or baseball. If you or your children suffer from eczema, however, then you might need to take a few precautions before heading out and getting your sweat on.

Speaking of sweat, this can be one of the biggest concerns when you are exercising with eczema. Sweat by itself is completely harmless and won't hurt your skin (although the salt in it might burn an already existing eczema flareup). The problem is what you do after you exercise. As your sweat dries, it leaves salt. Salt is very drying and can quickly pull moisture out of your skin. If you suffer from eczema, you really don't have any skin moisture to spare. The solution is simple. After you finish exercising, make sure you have a quick shower to get the salt off your skin. This can literally just be a quick rinse, a few minutes at most. If you are worried about any moisture that might have been lost, you can also apply an eczema ointment immediately after the shower, then put on some form of eczema clothing overtop such as eczema gloves or eczema socks. If this sounds similar to what you would do with your eczema child and an Eczema Rescue Suit, that’s because it is a variation of wet wrap therapy. You just keep the eczema wrap dry instead of dampening it.

Another thing to remember is that excessive heat can often trigger an eczema flare up. With the warmer weather, exercising outside can get pretty warm. To manage the heat, you will want to wear eczema-safe clothing when you exercise. Some exercise clothing is made from artificial fabrics like spandex that can be potential eczema triggers. Make sure that yours are made from lightweight cotton that will allow your skin to breathe.

The one part of the spring that a lot of people hate is hay fever and allergy season. It seems that the second the trees start budding that the noses start running. There is a good chance that if you or your eczema child suffers from occasional flare ups that you also might suffer from allergies, as both are part of the atopic triad. Just about the only thing you can do to help seasonal allergies is to take an antihistamine, hopefully reducing the intensity of the allergy. Antihistamines may cause drowsiness and reduce alertness, so experiment with a number of different kinds until you find one that helps with your allergies without causing any annoying side effects. Thankfully, pollen and other springtime allergens rarely trigger eczema.

Really, there is absolutely no reason why you can't throw yourself into exercise in the spring, even if you suffer from eczema. Just keep cool, rinse off the sweat and salt, and enjoy the lovely weather!

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