Tips for Managing Eczema in Summer Part 2
Eczema can be very sensitive to changes in the weather. The itchy, red condition can be triggered by the high temperature of summer, whether you stay home or travel. As we mentioned in Part 1, exercise and outdoor activities such as swimming can be especially hard on sensitive skin.
1. Minimize exposure to seasonal allergies outside and airborne toxins inside. When the temperature rises pollen and ragweed counts rise too, which has been linked to eczema. In this case, you might consider a 3-pronged approach. Stay indoors (and keep your baby indoors) as much as possible when the pollen counts are high. But make sure the air quality in your home is good! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air quality indoors is frequently 10 times worse than that outdoors. Many doctors recommend a good air purifying system. Another solution clears up toxins—but not necessarily pollen—and doesn’t require that you clean old filters. A study by NASA suggests that houseplants are excellent natural air purifiers that add oxygen, too: “House plants can purify and rejuvenate the air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.” Some of the pretty and easy-to-grow houseplants they recommend are Heart Leaf Philodendron, the Peace Lily, Aloe Vera, English Ivy, the Date Palm Tree, and the ever-popular Boston Fern. Some of these plants are poisonous if ingested, so keep out of reach of children and pets.
2. Control bacteria. Higher temperatures create the perfect environment for bacterial colonization of the skin. Keep skin as clean and dry as possible in summer with a gentle cleanser (some recommend that those with sensitive skin avoid sodium laureth sulfate), warm—never hot—water, and gently patting skin dry. InfiniteAloe Advanced Formula Skin Care contains organic Aloe Vera, which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. A good quality moisturizer is one of your best friends in summer, so shop around until you find one that really suits your needs.