Managing eczema during summer heat

Posted at 7:49 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:19:55-04

Eczema is most common in kids and can be difficult to manage especially in the summer heat. 

"The most thing that's annoying to me is that it makes scabs after you itch it a lot," Brecklyn DePan, an 8-year-old who suffers from eczema, said. 

Eczema is considered an itch that rashes.

"My mom puts on a lot of cream and everything like that because it's pretty much getting... this is the worst it's ever been," Brecklyn added.  

"This summer has been horrible. It has been from her face down to her ankles with flare ups," Courtney DePan, Brecklyn's mother, said.

Unfortunately, eczema is a chronic condition.

"We don't have a pill or a cream that you put on for one week and then eczema goes away," Katherine Fiala, a dermatologist for a Scott & White Clinic, said.  

Instead, it takes time to find what best works for you.

"Grease is the word. So, the greasier the lotion or emollient, whatever brand it is, the thicker and greasier it is... a lot of times the better that works," Fiala added. 

"Any daily activity we have to be careful what we're doing. If she's in the sun... going and swimming during the summer as an eight-year-old... she can't do that," Brecklyn's mother added.  

"Chlorine can dry out your skin, so making sure that they're rinsing off immediately with one of those gentle soap-free cleansers..." Fiala said.   

Moisturizing is the best way to take care of your Eczema. 

Eczema that is not managed properly can put you at risk for getting secondary infections such as Staph. 

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