Though eczema symptoms most commonly worsen in the winter, hot summer temperatures and too much sun exposure can also cause flare-ups.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema, also referred to as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that is not contagious. It’s quite common, affecting an estimated 30% of the United States population, and is most common in children and adolescents.
- Dry, cracked skin
- Bumps on your skin
- Fluid-filled blisters that can weep
- Leathery patches of skin
Eczema Risk Factors
Anyone can develop eczema; however, certain factors can put you more at risk. This includes a history of allergies, asthma or hay fever, as well as a family history of eczema.
Why Summer Can Cause Flare-ups
Summer can trigger eczema flare-ups in several ways. The first is that the hotter and more humid it is, the more you sweat. Sweat can aggravate the skin and worsen eczema symptoms.
Additionally, common summer activities, like putting on sunscreen or going for a swim at the Newberry County Family YMCA, can cause additional aggravation.
Lastly, some people’s allergy symptoms can worsen in the summertime due to high levels of pollen. Having an allergic reaction can induce itchiness and other symptoms.
Tips To Manage Eczema This Summer
The good news is that there are several steps you can take to help manage your eczema and enjoy the summer, including:
- Stay hydrated to keep cool.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothes outside and consider a wide-brimmed hat.
- If you like to exercise outside, do so in the early morning or evening to avoid peak heat.
- When you do sweat, shower as soon as possible to prevent irritation
- Choose a mineral sunscreen instead of a chemical one.
- Change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
- Use an air purifier to remove pollen, dust and other allergens from your home.
- Bathe or shower daily in lukewarm water to remove bacteria and sweat. Use a gentle soap with no dyes or fragrances.
- Use a moisturizer that contains ceramides.
Visiting An Allergist
Allergies and eczema are closely intertwined. If you believe that summer allergens may be exacerbating your eczema symptoms, or if you are dealing with a rash or hives that don’t respond to at-home treatments, make an appointment with an allergist. They can evaluate your symptoms, run necessary allergy testing and find what treatments will work best for you.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an allergist, contact Carolina Pines ENT today.