By Carolina Boyd
It is officially spring! Warmer temperatures and flowers in bloom across Texas are certainly welcome. However, this time of year can create dread for those who suffer from eczema.
Eczema is an inflamed, itchy, red skin rash that tends to occur on the inner part of the elbows, behind the knees, back of the hands, eyelids and face. According to the National Eczema Association, this skin condition is very common, with over 30 million Americans estimated to have some form of it. The cause of eczema is not known, but those who have it tend to have a overactive immune system.
As the seasons change, your skin can become very dry causing it to crack. The warm weather also causes us to perspire more, which aggravates the itching and swelling of eczema. Fortunately, there are a few things to do this spring to minimize triggers.
- Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to hot or chlorinated water.
- Use a gentle skin cleanser.
- Keep your skin moisturized.
- Wear loose, cotton clothing.
While there is no cure for eczema, treatment includes over-the-counter moisturizers, topical corticosteroid creams, topical prescription creams and oral antihistamines. When skin appears to be infected, a doctor can prescribe antibiotics to clear the secondary skin infection.
The issues that the warmer spring months can trigger for eczema sufferers may continue even into summer. Talk to your doctor or medical provider for help managing your seasonal eczema symptoms.