I’ll be holidaying in Italy this July and it’s going to be my first trip abroad since my eczema broke out in full force. The heat really aggravates my condition so I’m going to have to make sure I’m really prepared if I want to have a good time and avoid the itch. I figured this would be a great time to share my tips with you on coping with eczema when you’re abroad, so here they are.
One thing you really want to avoid is sunburn. The itching can trigger new break outs of eczema and if you burn in an area where you are already affected you can kiss having a good holiday goodbye. I recommend using factor 50 for the best protection. I use Riemann P20 Once A Day Sun Protection Spray SPF50+ because it lasts for up to 10 hours, is water resistant and doesn’t contain any fragrance or other irritants.
The climate in warmer countries is likely to dry out your skin which is a big problem for anyone with a dry skin condition. To combat this take a heavy duty moisturiser and use it regularly. You might even consider taking a travel size to carry with you in your handbag to top up during the day. You can get 50ml travel bottle from Boots.com for only £1.05 which you can fill with your own personal moisturiser. I use Aveeno Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal because it’s designed to moisturise easily irritated skin.
This one is a biggie, and it’s easily overlooked. It’s really important to keep cool and stay hydrated to avoid overheating and irritation. In some countries tap water isn’t safe to drink because of parasites and bacteria so finding your local corner shop or supermarket when you arrive is a good idea. Buying multipacks of water will help to keep you hydrated and enable you to carry a bottle with you every day.
Avoid Chlorinated Pools
Nobody wants to hear this but it is really important to avoid the swimming pool if you’re currently suffering from a break out of eczema. The chlorine in most swimming pools will only serve to dry out and irritate your skin further so it’s best to give them all a miss until your skin is cleared up. If you really don’t want to miss going in the swimming pool then make sure you have a shower when you get out and moisturise well; this is where that travel bottle would come in handy!
Wearing the right clothes can easily help you to avoid irritation and look great too! Opt for 100% cotton if you can and try wearing loose fitting items over areas where you have eczema. If you’ve been using steroid cream to treat your eczema it is really important to cover up the areas you’ve been treating. In these areas your skin is thinned and much more sensitive to UV exposure. I’m definitely going to be incorporating some floaty dresses and loose blouses into my holiday wardrobe to help me avoid the itch.
I hope this helps anyone with eczema who is going abroad soon. What are your tips for coping with eczema abroad?
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