As the weather becomes hotter and filled with humidity, flare-ups related to skin conditions are to be expected. It is common for atopic dermatitis (eczema) and urticaria (hives) to flare up during the summer months. The heat, sun, and sweat can all trigger skin conditions. Preparing for flare-ups will allow you to enjoy the summer months, instead of being miserable and itchy. Having a treatment plan already in place will allow you to stay ahead of your condition. It is also important to drink plenty of water.

Nature Can Hurt

During the summer, South Carolina is a beautiful state to explore the outdoors in. However, nature can cause more skin condition issues. Plants, such as poison ivy or oak, can cause skin rashes. Encountering plants you are allergic to, like grass, can also cause flare-ups and should be avoided. Wearing long pants and long sleeves while outdoors can limit your exposure to plants that might cause a reaction.

Insects can also cause skin conditions to flare while outdoors. Ticks, mosquitos, bee and wasp stings, cause all cause local reactions and even minor rashes. Those with an actual stinging insect allergy may experience severe reactions, like anaphylaxis, and could require emergency treatment. If you have an allergy, it is important to carry your epinephrine auto injector with you everywhere.

Air Quality

Mold and pollen counts tend to be consistently high in South Carolina. This can worsen allergies and asthma symptoms. Checking the pollen index in the mornings can assist you in preparing for what the day might hold.

Finding it difficult to treat your atopic dermatitis (eczema) or urticaria (hives)? Want to make a difference and advance medicine? National Allergy & ENT is currently enrolling in studies related to both atopic dermatitis (eczema) and chronic urticaria (hives). If interested you can reach out at (843) 261-2222 or fill out a form online.