Is Eczema Seasonal? Find out About Seasonal Eczema

Eczema is uncomfortable and unsightly. But is eczema seasonal? It can be. Read on to discover how your eczema triggers and eczema symptoms can change with the seasons and why some people have seasonal eczema while others get flares all year long.

Time for Fall BeddingSeasonal Eczema Triggers

Eczema is as personal as your DNA. That means your triggers may not be the same as your aunt’s triggers. Even though you share DNA and eczema something as simple as living at a different latitude can impact your eczema symptoms. Identifying your triggers can be a challenge because sometimes the symptoms can come on hours after exposure. This makes seasonal eczema even a greater challenge to control.

If you have had formal allergy testing, anything that resulted in a reaction can be a trigger. In addition, your eczema can be triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Humidity
  • Fabrics
  • Personal care products
  • Detergents

Let’s see how triggers can change with the seasons.

Stress

Does your stress levels change with the seasons? If so, then yes, your eczema can be don't be afraid if you've got moldseasonal if it is triggered by stress. Does the first day of school fill you with dread? Are you afraid that the others will notice your skin? If so, this stress can actually trigger the eczema starting a vicious cycle. Are you a Mom or Dad that stresses with the back to school routine of morning rush, lunches, and after-school activities and homework? Your eczema may return each Fall, just as the kids return to school.

If the winter holidays leave you stressed, your eczema can be affected. Not only is the humidity low (we’ll cover that in a minute) but if stress of shopping, parties, decorating, and family activities too high, your eczema can be triggered.

Humidity

Relative humidity is the relationship between the dew point and the amount of moisture in the air. When the humidity is low, your skin is stressed. Eczema can flare or an existing flare can worsen.

3 Winter Skin Care Tips to Keep Winter Skin Blues at BayBut, if low humidity is bad, is high humidity good? Not necessarily. When humidity is high, it’s hard for perspiration to evaporate. And anyone with eczema knows that sweating can make you itch and make eczema unbearable. Ironically, it is the sodium in the sweat that drys and irritates your skin. Sweat is one of the times that moisture is bad for eczema – the other is hot water.

So, if your eczema seems to change with the seasons, it may be changing in response to humidity levels.

Fabrics

Some fabrics can trigger eczema or make it worse. The lanolin in wool is a common allergen. Wearing wool can cause an allergic reaction that triggers your eczema. In addition, polyester or other fabrics that don’t breathe can cause you to get hot and trap sweat.

Most people don’t wear wool in summer, so if your eczema is triggered by wool you may only notice it in the winter. While the wool is a year-around trigger, you only experience it in the colder months when you and the people around you are wearing wool.

Personal Care Products

Many of the ingredients in personal care products trigger eczema. If you only use sunscreen in the summer, it may be the sunscreen and not the sun that’s triggering your eczema.

Air Fresheners Can Be ToxicDeep conditioning treatments for hair in the winter can contain parabens or formaldehyde that trigger eczema. Even your choice of skin care products is important when you have eczema.  If you find a cream such as Vanicream Ointment, Lotion, or Cream that works, then stick with it year around. If you change your personal care products with the seasons, you might find you trigger your eczema.

Detergents

It might not be the wool that’s triggering your eczema, it could be what you’re using to wash the wool. Or, if you wear clothing that has been dry cleaned in the Fall and Winter more than the Spring and Summer, you may find your eczema appears seasonal. That’s because the dry cleaning chemicals trigger your eczema.

Combating Seasonal Eczema Symptoms

Whether your eczema symptoms are seasonal or not, there are a few things you can do to prevent eczema flares and reduce symptoms once you have a flare.

Don’t scratch.  This is much easier said than done. Scratching only makes your skin more irritated and soon you are stuck in an itch-scratch cycle. The central nervous system modulates the sensation of itch and the desire to scratch. It can even happen when you sleep.  Stress only makes itching worse. The use of cognitive-behavior therapy and biofeedback can help retrain the behavior and reduce stress.  Wearing therapeutic viscose clothing to bed protects the skin from scratching while you sleep.

Topical therapy. Emollients and corticosteroid creams protect the skin and maintain its moisture barrier. Avoid products with parabens, formaldehyde, or formaldehyde releasers. Read the labels of all your personal care products. This includes shampoos and conditioners.

Maintain constant body temperature.  Don’t get too hot or too cold. Sweating makes symptoms worse, so towel off frequently when you exercise. Exposure to cold air is drying to the skin. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid fabrics that irritate.  Seamless therapeutic silk underclothes puts a protective barrier between you and the fabrics you wear and keeps body temperature constant.

Know how to bathe. Never use hot water on your skin. Bathe or shower with warm or tepid water. It’d not necessary to bathe the entire body every day, especially in winter.  Washing face, armpits, and  groin/genital areas between showers or baths is better for you skin. Never rub skin dry with a towel. Gently pat dry. Apply topical therapy (moisturizers or creams) while skin is still slightly damp for best results.

Avoid triggers. If you don’t know your seasonal eczema triggers, its time for a visit to the allergist or immunologist. Testing can identify foods and environmental substances that trigger your eczema. Once you know what triggers the symptoms, you will know what to avoid. For example, if ragweed pollen triggers your eczema, you know to monitor pollen counts and stay inside on days when pollen is high.

 

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Are You an Informed Consumer of Allergy Control Products?

About 50 million people in the US suffer from allergies. That’s a huge market for allergy-related products. Unfortunately, at the intersection of the growing number of people with allergies and consumer awareness of allergies are many many enterprising and not so reputable companies trying to make a buck. There is nothing immoral or wrong about making a profit. But it is wrong to promise people to relieve suffering and provide allergy relief if you can’t deliver. The Allergy Store believes consumers of allergy control products should be armed with information to make informed decisions. Let’s take a look at some commonly used terms for marketing allergy control products.

It’s Hypoallergenic! 

All the term hypoallergenic means is that the materials used to construct the product were not shown to cause an allergic reaction in the test subjects.  So think about that for a moment. Peanut butter is 100% hypoallergenic to people that don’t have a peanut allergy.  Got it? So that means that a pillow marked as hypoallergenic just means the material in the pillow itself did not cause allergic reactions. That does not mean that when you bring the pillow home it will not collect mold spores or dust mites. In the case of wool products, you must be particularly careful. Wool naturally repels dust mites, so many times it is called hypoallergenic. But wool contains lanolin. This natural substance keeps dust mites at bay, but it causes allergic reactions in many people.

Bottom line: Hypoallergenic is a useless term for evaluating allergy control products

drink water to prevent dry skin It’s All Natural!

These days we assume that something that is minimally processed is better. Natural comes from nature, so it must be better than anything man-made. Sounds so sensible it must be true.

Except all natural does not always mean all good.  Arsenic, poison ivy, and the influenza virus are all natural.  However, I wouldn’t recommend any of them to my friends or family.

The current raw water trend is another great example. Raw water must be great for you because it is all natural and it hasn’t been treated. Except it isn’t. There’s a reason we treat water, and it’s to kill harmful microorganisms.

Bottom line:  Evaluate these claims carefully.  Don’t sacrifice safety at the altar of all natural.

Allergy Control Products like HEPA filters reduce airborne allergens It’s HEPA!

HEPA is a measurement. Think of a ruler from your school days. It measured inches, usually 12 of them at a time.HEPA is a measurement of filtering capability. It means that 99.95% of particles 3 microns or larger are captured by the filter. “Medical HEPA” doesn’t exist. Whether you are in a medical setting or an industrial manufacturing setting or a bedroom, HEPA is HEPA. Putting the filtering measurement in a medical setting doesn’t change the measurement. There are 12 inches in every foot whether you are inside or outside of an operating room, HEPA is the same.

“HEPA like” doesn’t mean anything. Either the filtering capability meets HEPA requirements or it doesn’t. Swimming “fish-like” doesn’t make a tadpole a fish. It’s still a baby frog. HEPA-like doesn’t make something HEPA and you can’t be “like” HEPA. Either it is or it isn’t.

When evaluating any product with HEPA filtration capabilities, you need to also evaluate how and if the unit is sealed. This is particularly important with vacuum cleaners. Many models leak particles before they get to the filter. Ask about how the unit prevents leaks.

Bottom line: Only HEPA is HEPA. Don’t settle for anything less.

Allergy Control Products That Really Work

Don’t fall for marketing hype. Stick with tried and true allergy control products that really work.

Dust mite proof bedding works. It is proven every time it is tested.

Allergen Wash was proven to work in independent studies.   See the results on the manufacturer’s website.

Denaturing agents like tannic acid have been independently tested and proven effective.  Allerpet denatures allergens and the application process removes allergens as well. That’s a twofer.

HEPA air filters remove airborne allergens. Just make sure you get the right size filter for the room.

When in doubt, ask.

Got a question about an allergy control product you’ve seen advertised elsewhere? Drop us a line or give us a call at 1-800-771-2246. We’ll help you evaluate the claims. Be informed. We think that makes YOU the best consumer.

Wishing you the best of health,

The Allergy Store

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Skinnies Eczema Clothing Feels Good

If you suffer from eczema or atopic dermatitis you know how terrible the itching can get. You also know how important it is not to scratch.  No matter how much it itches, you can not scratch or you will cause further damage to your skin. You may know that this cycle of torture is referred to by doctors as the “itch-scratch” cycle.  But did you know about Skinnies eczema therapeutic clothing? skinnies eczema therapeutic clothingIf you have eczema, we have good news! The Allergy Store is very pleased to announce we are now carrying the complete line of Skinnies eczema clothing.  Skinnies are made from all natural silk or viscose. Skinnies eczema therapeutic clothing is comfortable and stylish.  More importantly, Skinnies can help you by reducing the terrible ‘itch-scratch cycle’ so you can enjoy your day.

Skinnies therapeutic eczema clothing is a clinically proven eczema treatment that is so easy to use. All you have to do is get dressed!

Put on your seam free,  irritant free, luxuriously comfortable Skinnies and go about your day. Your skin treatment just got a whole lot easier.  Skinnies eczema therapeutic clothing will fit under your regular clothing and over bandages with ease.

Skinnies eczema clothing is soft, breathable and seamless. Skinnies are easy to use with both wet and dry wrapping and proven to help manage chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and epidermolysis bullosa.

Seamless Design

Each garment is produced individually in one piece using our cutting-edge technology, which creates a 360-degree stretch. There is no sewing together and no seams, making Skinnies extremely strong, especially in those commonly weak areas such as the armpit and groin. Seamfree Technology removes stress points, providing a friction-free fit, in addition, we know some people use the seams as ‘itch points’, this is not possible with Skinnies making them a wonderfully soft and comfortable garment that is easy to wear.

Breathable

By utilizing Skinnies Seamfree Technology, we have designed our garments to reduce friction through everyday movement of our bodies, which improves temperature regulation, reducing heat and sweating that can make itching worse and further irritate the skin.

Washable

Rigorously tested to retain elasticity and function for up to 50 washes dramatically reducing the cost per wear. Skinnies eczema garments are so versatile that they can be used with any brand of emollient for easy wet wrapping. Skinnies are more cost-effective than other competitor products.

A range of sizes and colors

Skinnies are the only garments available on prescription to offer a range of different colors. They don’t look ‘medical’ so children keep then on, meaning the creams stay on and the skin recovers quicker, plus with a wide, dropped neckline, Skinnies eczema garments are more discreet, comfortable and easy to wear.

skinnies therapeutic clothing for babies

We carry a complete line of Viscose and Silk Skinnies for the entire family. No matter if it is a baby, child or adult, we have you covered. The fabric is made with a special weave that makes it strong and durable as well as soft. 

For more information about our line of Skinnies Therapeutic Eczema Clothing click here.

Additional information – What is eczema?

Wishing you the best of health

Allergy Store – Helping customers since 1989

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