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Beating the Summer Heat

For many eczema patients, the bodily response of sweating is a one-way ticket to an eczema flare. When my skin was at it’s absolute worst (my pre-Dupixent days), I found that I’d avoid going outside at all costs just so I could avoid the fallout. Now that my skin is in much better shape, this isn’t as much of a concern. Regardless, I’ve learned a few ways to beat the summer heat over the years. Read on to learn some of my favorite techniques for cooling down during the summer months.

Air conditioning

The easiest way to avoid the summer heat is to find some good old air conditioning. Whether you’re hanging out at home, in your car, or a local business, it’s just about everywhere these days.

Household items

If your access to air conditioning is restricted, there are likely a few items lying around your home that could offer you some relief, including a fan, ice packs, popsicles or a cool washcloth. Do you have a basement? If you do, head down there for some extra relief from the heat.

Hit the lake or any body of water

One of the great perks of living in Michigan is our abundance of lakes. Not only do we have our five Great Lakes, but there are over 11,000 others to enjoy! Needless to say, I like to take advantage of this option—especially if it’s a hot and sunny day. Nothing beats the sensation of cool water on my skin or the wind in my face while riding around on a boat or jetski.

Sometimes access to a lake isn’t a feasible option. In that case, head to your nearest (swimmable) body of water. You could try your local swimming pool, or if you’re lucky, the ocean, as a substitute. As a last resort option, you can always take a nice cold shower at home.

Stay hydrated

If you’ve read some of my other articles, this suggestion shouldn’t be much of a surprise. One of the best things you can do for your body, and skin, is to keep it hydrated. Drink ample amounts of water and stay away from alcoholic or caffeinated beverages as they tend to pull water from the body and encourage dehydration.

Get creative

If you’re a certified “Sweat Evasion Specialist” like me, you probably think the suggestions above are a little basic for your level of knowledge. If that’s the case, get creative with your cool-down strategy and try the more advanced techniques listed below.

Create a DIY air conditioner

Search, “How to make a DIY air conditioner” and take your pick of the articles. There are many different ways to go about creating a DIY air conditioning device.

Optimize your fans

There are two ways to go about this. The first option is to create a cross breeze. All you have to do is place your box fan across from an open window. The result is a wind current that feels nice across some heated skin. The second option is to place a box fan in an open window. The trick here is to make sure it’s pointing outside.

As you can tell, there are dozens of different ways to cool your skin down. If you’ve got an off-the-wall or unique technique, comment with your method below!

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Comments

  • weezer
    3 months ago

    Great article very interesting as it’s very informative and a reminder of all the basic things I at least forgot to follow through with.

  • Jeff Ten Broeck moderator author
    2 months ago

    Hi, @weezer! Thank you. I’m glad that you found the content to be valuable. You’re right. Sometimes even the simplest of things can evade our memory.

    I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

    – Jeff (AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

  • Linette Roungchun
    2 months ago

    @weezer isn’t it funny how we tend to forget the simplest or most basic of things? I’m pretty sure it’s because we just have so much on our mind! That’s why I think articles like this are great. It’s like a nice friendly reminder lol.

    Hope your eczema is well and not so itchy today!
    -Linette(AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    3 months ago

    @weezer Thanks for reading!! So glad this article reminded you of some things to try. It can be difficult to follow through with things in the moment. Wishing you some relief and hope that you stay cool in the coming days. -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)
    P.S. I am loving your profile photo 🙂

  • Linette Roungchun
    3 months ago

    Great article @jeff10broeck ! With ice or ice packs, I’ve noticed that if you put them right on your core, your entire body cools down so much faster! Just makes sense, obviously, since it’s your core lol.

    Also I would just mention one more thing when heading out to a body of water- so many of us with eczema have a compromised immune system, so we must be weary of germs! I am fortunate enough to live in “close” access to a beach, so that is my water hangout lol. I’m not sure about when it comes to Lakes, but I have started to check the quality of the water on an app called Swim Guide that lists all the beaches near you and rates them according to water safety level 🙂 Just checking another thing off of my anxiety list ✅

    I hope this helps someone!! Jeff’s article is pretty thorough in my opinion, but I just had to put in my .02¢!

    So happy Dupixent is working well for you,
    -Linette (AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

  • Jeff Ten Broeck moderator author
    2 months ago

    @linetteroungchun, good point! I didn’t consider that. Is there a particular location on the core that you recommend? Or will any spot do?

    I agree with @sarah-wallin. Thank you for sharing that information about the app. Maybe this is naive of me, but I didn’t realize that even existed!

    – Jeff (AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

  • Linette Roungchun
    2 months ago

    I bet any spot would do! But I just aim for right above the belly button 🙂 This is for those really hot crazy flares. For normal overheating, I aim a fan or ice pack on the face/forehead 🙂

    No problem! I didn’t know it existed either, until a month or so ago! I was planning for a beach day and figured something like it must already be an app so I just googled it and voila! There it was!

    Happy rest-of-your-summer-ing!

    -Linette(AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

  • Sarah Wallin moderator
    3 months ago

    @linetteroungchun – that water quality app sounds super handy! Thanks for sharing about that with us!

    -Sarah (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)

  • Linette Roungchun
    3 months ago

    Of course! I’d rather we all be safe than sorry! 😀

    —Linette (AtopicDermatitis.net Moderator)

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