Don’t let seasonal eczema outbreaks ruin the beautiful spring weather for you! For many people living with eczema, spring can be a challenging time. Airconditioning, sweating, dry heat, humidity, chlorine in pools and pollen are all known triggers for eczema.
Dr Shobhan Manoharan a Brisbane-based dermatologist from Westside Dermatology says people with eczema can be very allergy sensitive.
“For many, spring is when it can flare up and be at its worst. This sensitivity to allergy is among the highest in the world. The reason is a combination of what you inherit from your parents, a tendency to allergy and the environment and one of the environmental factors appears to be hygiene.
“There are some studies that support a “hygiene-theory” where we are no longer exposed as infants to the bugs that enable our immune system to evolve. This may then manifest as allergy and eczema,” he said.
You can read his article in full here: Eczema Worse as Spring Blooms
What causes seasonal eczema?
As the seasons change, your skin can get very dry. When dry skin cracks, bacteria and toxins penetrate your skin and through those cracks. This upsets your immune system, and your body fights back. It has a reaction — often an allergic reaction — that erupts as an eczema breakout.
How can you fight eczema this spring?
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
H2O is your hero in the hydration battle we face in the warmer months. Drink at least eight glasses a day. Your skin will thank you!
Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D. from The Mayo Clinic recommends that to maintain hydrated skin, these some additional steps you can take:
- Avoid exposure to dry air
- Avoid prolonged contact with hot or chlorinated water
- Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap
- Avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol
- Moisturise immediately after a bath or shower and regularly throughout the day
- Use a humidifier
(The Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/hydrated-skin/faq-20058067, accessed 15 Sep 2015).
Keep your cool
As the weather warms up we start to perspire more. Bad news! Excessive sweat aggravates the itching and swelling of eczema.
To prevent both sweat and the resulting eczema, stay cool this spring by wearing loose, cotton clothing whenever possible. Cotton breathes much better than other fabrics, and the looser clothing will not cling to your skin and trap in the usual sweat and bacteria.
How Hope’s Relief is caring for our loyal customers this Spring
Here at Hope’s relief, we really appreciate just how tough the change of season and warmer months are for people living with eczema. We thought it would be a great time to send Hope’s Relief eczema relief products on sale around Australia.
Visit our special offers page for a round-up of Hope’s Relief sale specials at pharmacies Australia-wide.
For our overseas and online shoppers, Hope’s Relief is offering a Spring Skin Care Package Deal through our website. Shop now!