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Eczema and Staying Active

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Today, people are more active than ever. But riding, jogging, golfing, fishing and walking outside in the cold of winter or the heat of summer can trigger the itchy, red patches of skin known as eczema or atopic dermatitis.

Environmental triggers may include dry air, cigarette smoke, irritating soap used on your skin or even in your laundry. Have you isolated your personal triggers?

  1. A study has found that up to 60% of the chemicals in products that you put on your skin are absorbed. Those chemicals end up in your bloodstream. It’s well known that regular use of an excellent, natural moisturizer is an important eczema treatment, especially in hot or cold weather. It will help keep skin from drying out, itching and cracking. But the quality of the ingredients is critically important. Look for natural, soothing ingredients. Petroleum by-products such as mineral oil and propylene glycol should be avoided. Not only moisturizers, but also foundations, cleansers and shampoos often contain mineral oil or propylene glycol. A good moisturizer is highly effective in preventing moisture loss and eczema flare ups. For example, InfiniteAloe Skin Care penetrates up to 7 layers deep, yet is non-greasy.
  2. When spring is in the air, pollen is too. A common eczema trigger, some doctors recommend staying indoors when pollen counts soar. If you find that you are very sensitive, keep your windows closed and use a HEPA filter or other good air purifier on those days. Yoga, dance, or other indoor workout may be your best option when the pollen counts are high enough to bother you.
  3. Dust mites can trigger eczema, especially in children. A really good vacuum cleaner that captures dust may be a worthwhile investment. Many vacuum cleaners actually stir dust around when you clean, rather than taking it away, so look for one that’s designed for people with allergies.
  4. Your pets are cherished family members, but their dander can be an eczema trigger. If they’re indoors, birds, cats, and dogs will need to be bathed and groomed frequently, and that allergy-appropriate vacuum cleaner will need to be used often.

Monitor your reaction to things carefully. Many people keep a diary of what they eat, the skin care products, soaps, detergents, pollen count, and other factors in order to figure out what it is that seems to cause flare ups. This requires patience and discipline, but there are rewards. If you can isolate your personal eczema triggers, you should be able to minimize your exposure to those things while still enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle, and improving your self confidence.