Your eczema has been under control for a while. You have reached that point of balance where your known eczema triggers are understood and avoided, no matter what medications you take and which do not cause side effects, your skin is as good as possible. Only one problem, you will travel soon.
Travel eczema occurs when your body encounters irritants and allergens that you can not control, because you are not on your own ground. Whether it's air, water, food, sun, soaps, detergents or inclement weather, traveling poses hard-to-solve problems in trying to control eczema.
Sometimes it is the irritant or allergen to which you are exposed and which you usually avoid, which causes the problem. But sometimes, just changing routine or unknown environments can cause breakouts. Traveling can be stressful and eczema likes stress.
Here are some tips to avoid eczema:
1) Do a little research on the type of food you will come across and who are native to the area you will be visiting. What can you eat, what can not you eat. Eating kitchens from other cultures is a major component of the trip, and finding out what common additives are used in preparing popular dishes is a good way to stay symptom free.
2) Pack enough of your favorite medications, creams, ointments and solutions. Do not think that you will be able to choose some of them where you are going. First, some products will not be available, secondly, they can be very expensive and third, you do not want to spend time looking around for something to relieve your discomfort. If you travel in a tropical climate and you start to experience eczema symptoms such as dander and cracks, these minor openings are perfect places for more serious infections, if you have the right medication, this is not the case. poses no problem. Better to have a little extra baggage than to find yourself without your miracle cream.
3) Try to drink enough water or liquids so that your system is less stressed and more able to cope. I try to drink only bottled water that is as close as possible to the type I drink at home. That is, I drink spring water with a specific mineral / chemical composition, sulfur, dissolved salts, etc., so when I travel, I do not drink water. ;mineral water. If you drink German beer at home, drink German beer abroad.
4) Pack and use an antiallergic travel sheet like an Allersac. Bleaches, detergents, soaps, perfumes are just a few of the triggers that a travel sheet will help you avoid when you spend 30% or more of your time in a strange bed. An anti-allergy travel sheet, which can be washed repeatedly, will be your best bet. Make sure, which travel sheet you use, it has a pillow pocket to protect against direct contact with the hotel pillow. One of the main causes of allergic eczema is the mite dander. A travel sheet with a small pore size or one that claims protection from dust mites would be wise.
5) Environmental factors such as cold, humidity, sunlight and heat can cause outbreaks, especially when it is the change that is causing it. If you travel in a hot climate from mid-winter, get ready. Carry clothes that will reduce reactions, sunscreens, hats, gloves, etc. The weather can cause a push of your sinuses, which in turn solicit your body and cause the activation of your eczema, or the humidity allows a high number of molds or pollen. There are websites like http://www.aaaai.org/ that publish pollen and mold counts and many sites for weather forecasts.
Having eczema and learning how it activates and affects you takes years, some people master it, others do not, but even if you do not know the causes, some conclusions simple, a little research and calm can help you make the most of travel, even with eczema.