A century ago it was common practice for a patient suffering with a specific disease to move to the climate that suited control of their symptoms. With the advent of climate controlled homes this hasn’t been necessary in the past 50 years. Nowadays, by knowing the best humidity level and temperature range, and controlling the moisture content of the skin with a natural eczema solution, eczema patients can experience fewer and fewer flare-ups and enjoy more pain and discomfort free days than ever before.
Too much humidity in the air can cause eczema sufferers to sweat and may induce a prickly-heat type symptom. This can lead to an increase in itchiness of the skin. If the humidity in your home is too low the skin will dry out, leading to even more itchiness, flaking of the skin, and a possible increase in open, weeping sores. Humidifiers are always an option, but they do not offer a whole house solution to dry air. Proper moisturization of the skin, with a good cream like EczaMate is the most effective way to preserve moisture. If you have a home monitoring system that checks and adjusts the humidity level, keep your air at 50% humidity to prevent either drying or sweating. Humidifiers should be used in both winter and summer. Heaters can dry the air and air conditioners also reduce humidity in a home.
The biggest culprit in temperature related eczema flare-ups is too much heat. Too much heat can lead to sweating, drying, and the creation of micro-fissures on the skin that can lead to infection and rashes. In order to avoid this it’s best to stay in a climate controlled area as much as possible. Avoid long drives in cars without proper climate control and avoid working in an outdoor situation where you are unable to get out of the heat and cool down. In a home it’s best to keep the thermostat set to a lower temperature. Being just a little cool and wearing loose, warm clothing is a much healthier option for sensitive skin.
Exposure to the sun is a two-edged sword for Eczema patients. The heat of the sun can dry the skin and irritate it to the point of a flare-up, but the skin’s production of Vitamin D increases with sun exposure, which leads to an increased ability to heal. To avoid too much sun while still benefitting from the healthy, narrow band ultraviolet rays of the sun, limit your exposure to no more than an hour a day, and only when the sun is not at its peak.
The most important climate for the eczema patient to control is the microclimate directly on the skin. In order to maintain the best possible skin moisture level follow this three step pattern:
1. Bathe In Tepid Water
Avoid hot baths, this will cause increased sweating that can lead to flare-ups. Keep the skin as cool as possible without making your bath uncomfortable.
Most people dry off with a towel and then moisturize. For eczema patients it is better to apply moisturizer as soon as you exit the bath, trapping the water into the skin, and allow the skin to dry naturally. It may be necessary to adjust your schedule to accommodate the longer time it takes to accomplish this “air-dry” method of bathing.
3. Wear loose, breathable clothes
It’s essential for eczema sufferers to avoid tight, restrictive clothing and materials that can cause irritation. Cotton is usually the safest option with the widest variety of styles and colors available.
Eczema can be managed with a little forethought, prevention, and the use of natural treatments like EczaMate skin cream.