When you’ve got children with eczema, you want to know everything there is to know about it. At HappySkin, we’re a helpful bunch, so we create blogs like this one to shed light on the condition and how to minimise its impact. Today, we’re here to look at seasonal eczema and looking at whether it’s something that actually exists.
You see, when looking at the triggers of eczema, it can be easy to confuse seasonal changes with how we behave at different times of the year. So, let’s dive in and examine what eczema sufferers have to contend with when the weather shifts from warm to cold.
Is Eczema worse in summer?
While eczema typically improves in the spring, that’s not always the case. Sometimes pollen season can bring flare-ups, making hay fever season even more miserable. However, the main issue for your kid’s eczema flare-ups – when it comes to the seasons – tends to be when the temperate changes markedly.
So, we’re talking about late Spring, as temperatures rise, as well as late Autumn, when it can drop like a stone. So, when answering the question Is Eczema Seasonal? you could say that it is, but with an added caveat: it often has more to do with the changes between seasons rather than the seasons themselves.
Lots of Summer-Associated Triggers
Of course, the summer is something that can exacerbate atopic dermatitis for some, as heat can cause sweating and then there’s the issue of finding a non-irritating sunscreen. As the National Eczema Society states, UV rays can cause a form of eczema known as photo-sensitive eczema, but it is particularly rare.
Combine this with the drying effect that constantly-running air conditioning in the home and car can have on the skin, and you have something of a recipe for redness and irritation.
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Does winter make Eczema worse?
Now we look at the biting cold temperatures that we all have to face in the winter. Cold can lead to dry skin on its own – which can lead to that dreaded and all-too-familiar winter itch. However, again, it’s transitioning from one temperature extreme to another (when we go inside and out) that can do the most damage.
It would be easy to confuse these worsening symptoms with what you suspect is some kind of seasonal eczema , but you only have to look at what happens in winter to see a pattern. Everyone’s heating goes on in the winter, meaning that we’re all constantly switching between cold and warm environments – which can wreak skin havoc.
Paradoxically, it’s mainly the issues with winter heat that cause most of the problems, rather than the frost and cold. So, it’s minimising the effect is all about supporting your skin and ensuring that is able to regulate its temperature effectively.
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The Verdict? Seasonal Eczema Doesn’t Exist The Way People Think!
For seasonal eczema to exist in the way people think it does, it would be an issue like pollen-related hay fever. The truth is that eczema flare-ups can occur at any time of the year, although the changing seasons can have an impact, as can extremes of hot and cold. Controlling these flare-ups simply involves helping the skin to help itself.
HappySkin eczema clothing can provide the relief your child needs to keep their skin flare-up free all year round. Helping the skin to restore the healthy function that’s lost when eczema strikes, the proprietary DreamSkin coating on our garments allows the skin to regain its ability to sweat and regulate its temperature.
To find out more about our super-soft and comfortable TENCEL cotton garments that keep your child’s skin healthy and eczema-free, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, to get in touch with us to have any questions answered, give us a call today on 01707 260 505, and we’ll do everything we can to help.
Further Reading –
Seasonal Ezcema — A further guide into how Eczema can be enhanced by the changing seasons and potential solutions to mitigate