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7 Tips for Preventing Spring Eczema Flare-Ups

Apr 01, 2024
 7 Tips for Preventing Spring Eczema Flare-Ups
Spring’s full bloom is something to celebrate, but it can bring annoying flare-ups for people who are prone to eczema. Learn what Drs. Byron and Rachel Limmer recommend you do to prevent eczema triggers from putting a damper on your spring.

If you’ve ever suffered from eczema, a chronic skin condition characterized by red, inflamed, and itchy patches, you know a flare-up not only causes physical discomfort but can also make you want to cover up when you’d usually be excited to be oustide.

Various factors — like stress, irritant exposure, and seasonal weather changes — can trigger eczema. Here in San Antonio, Texas, we don’t have to brave the dry and bitter cold of winter that many other Americans do, but the dawn of spring can bring eczema flare-ups.

There are several reasons why eczema tends to flare up in the spring. The first is the increase in heat and humidity, which is a particular concern to our patients at Limmer Dermatology. Environmental influences like pollen, grass, mold, and excessive sun can also trigger eczema. 

But this doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on the joy of spring.  Our mission is to free you of your skin woes so you can have the confidence to enjoy your life without limits. Here are a few ways you can prevent eczema flare-ups this spring.

1. Be aware of environmental triggers

As with solving any problem, in your skin or any part of your life, the first step is being aware of what leads to its onset. 

Be mindful of how much time you spend outside and what steps you’re taking to mitigate environmental triggers like excessive sun exposure, high heat and humidity, mold, dust, pollen, and seasonal allergies in general.  

2. Consistent skin care

As dermatologists, of course we’re going to recommend an effective skin care routine! Daily moisturization and sun protection factor (SPF) efforts with simple, dermatologist-approved formulas are paramount to combating eczema.  Choose fragrance-free options for your sensitive skin.

Proper skin care isn’t just about what products you use. Here’s what we recommend for your shower routine. Keep water lukewarm; it can dry out your skin if it’s too hot. Dry off with a clean, fresh towel every time, and apply your eczema-safe moisturizer immediately afterward.

3. Avoid irritants and allergens

While we’re discussing skin care products, be sure to avoid products with added fragrances — including natural fragrances like essential oils — as well as other irritants like alcohol. Bonus points if you opt for an eczema–safe laundry detergent.

Eczema is tied to allergies, so if you know you’re prone to seasonal allergies, addressing those can sometimes kill two birds with one stone. Work with your primary care physician or allergist to develop a plan to combat allergenic triggers. 

4. Dress smart

Believe it or not, your clothing choices can actually make a big difference in the severity of your eczema during warmer months. Go with natural fabrics like cotton over synthetic materials, and clothes with a looser fit help you avoid the combination of friction and sweat that can trigger eczema.

5. Optimize diet

Eczema strongly correlates with overall inflammation in the body. One of the best ways to maximize your health in every area is to consume a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods that have protective antioxidants. If your allergies are severe, be mindful of histamine-rich foods. 

6. Manage stress

Stress is one of the most common triggers for eczema flare-ups among our patients in any season. While you can’t always avoid stress, strategies like meditation, moderate exercise, and a solid sleep routine can help.

7. Consult a professional

While the previous six tips can take you a long way toward preventing spring eczema flare-ups, nothing can replace the advice and proper treatment from a trained skin professional.

While many over-the-counter eczema products are available, incorporating some treatments, like steroid creams, without the supervision of a board-certified dermatologist can damage your skin. 

Your eczema triggers and the best steps to prevent them also differ, depending on your lifestyle, occupation, and skin type. Spring is here, so call us today or request an appointment here on our website to get personalized care so you can enjoy life to the fullest despite your eczema.