The extreme skin dryness and itchiness of chronic eczema can be extremely disruptive to your life, especially during the hot, humid days of summer. For some, the condition can make it difficult to spend any time outdoors or enjoying traditional summer activities.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that results in rashes that can be painful and increase your skin’s sensitivity. Eczema-related rashes can also cause skin cracks and oozing of fluids that not only affect your appearance, but which can also increase your risk for infection.
To ensure your summer is filled with more fun than frustration, the experienced skin specialists at Vanguard Dermatology offer some summertime eczema tips to protect the health of your skin. Here are seven ways to manage your eczema this summer:
Keeping your skin hydrated is important for locking in moisture. Drink lots of water, especially when you’re physically active and sweating a lot.
The Vanguard Dermatology specialists can recommend the right sunscreen for your skin’s condition that will both protect you from harmful UV rays and keep your skin moisturized.
Swimming in saltwater or chlorine can cause additional dryness in already dry, itchy skin. Immediately after swimming, gently pat your skin dry, and apply a high-quality moisturizer.
Wearing lightweight, long-sleeved clothing is often necessary for protecting your skin from sunburn. Make sure that your clothing choices include lightweight materials that won’t cause you to sweat. Clothing should also be loose to prevent unnecessary irritation to your skin.
Keeping cool in the summer is a priority. Consider keeping cool rags handy to lay over your skin to cool you down and keep your skin hydrated. Freeze some washcloths, or carry some in a cooler, for the times throughout the day when you begin sweating.
After a day of sweating, take a shower using only cool or lukewarm water. Showering or bathing in water that’s too hot can cause additional damage to your skin and worsen your existing rashes. Apply a thick moisturizer after your bath.
When your eczema flare-ups are bad, consider staying indoors with the air conditioning to keep cool and reduce additional skin irritation that sweating can cause in sensitive skin.
In addition to these tips for eczema relief in the summer months, it’s also important that you visit Vanguard Dermatology for professional medical care of your eczema condition.
The expert dermatologists offer a variety of treatments to reduce eczema flare-ups, including topical corticosteroids. Medication therapy can reduce swelling, inflammation, and itching to reduce your risk for more serious skin infections and other eczema-related skin damage.
The staff also provide on-site phototherapy, a treatment that safely exposures your skin to phototherapy light technology to control eczema symptoms. This type of treatment can also improve your skin’s natural defenses against infection.
If your eczema seems out of control this summer, don’t delay a professional skin consultation. You can schedule a dermatology consultation online or by calling the office today.