Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be a challenging condition throughout the year, but many people find their skin worsens during the summer. Before an appropriate allergy treatment or medication can be identified, it is important to discover the cause of your summer eczema issues. Dr. Chacko is a board-certified allergist in Atlanta and can help tackle underlying allergy problems.
Why Is My Eczema Worse During the Summer?
Hot and humid summer conditions will make people sweat more than normal. For some people with eczema, this will lead to problems such as dry, cracked skin and inflammation. Sweat contains elements that can irritate the skin, with moisture settling in areas such as the armpits and elbows. Sweat management has been found to be useful for adults with atopic dermatitis.
Another issue is the presence of summer allergens like pollen. Pollen leads to the release of histamines that trigger allergy symptoms. Skin irritation and itching will then make existing eczema worse. While this issue could occur at any time of year, summer is a difficult time for allergy sufferers in general.
Summer is also a time when people may be applying plenty of sunscreen, and showering or swimming multiple times each day. These conditions are likely to irritate your eczema and aggravate existing cracked skin.
How Can I Prevent My Eczema Acting Up This Summer?
If your eczema is triggered by allergies, you should think about what is causing these summer allergies. If you struggle with pollen, you can check weather forecasts for pollen counts and stay indoors at difficult times. You should also ensure your living conditions are cleaned regularly to limit dust mites and pet dander.
For those looking for natural products that are less likely to irritate the skin, mineral sunscreens are recommended. Similarly, make sure to shower after swimming in a pool, as chlorine can be an irritant. Dry any sweat if you are spending long periods outside in hot weather, and make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day.
How Can You Treat Eczema?
While these approaches are useful for limiting the severity of your eczema this summer, there is no complete cure for the condition. Topical corticosteroids may be useful for reducing inflammation during difficult periods. It’s also important to identify the main triggers for your eczema. Allergy testing will find the allergens triggering your immune system to react. From this point, allergy shots may be a consideration to limit your sensitivity to common allergens that are present during the summer months.
Get Effective Treatment for Your Eczema
Are you concerned about your or your child’s eczema? Dr. Chacko can provide effective treatment for allergies that may be triggering a skin condition. Make an appointment at one of our locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call (678) 668-4688 or request help online.