Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2020

Treatment of Eczema on Holiday – A Parent’s Guide

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Eczema is the most common skin condition in the UK. According to Dr Sarah Wakelin, a consultant dermatologist in London, it affects 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 5 children.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin which causes redness, blistering, oozing and sometimes pigmentation (although not all of these changes will necessarily occur together). The sufferer has persistent itchy skin and this can become infected due to the scratching. Itching can also interfere with sleep, causing tiredness and irritability.

Eczema usually improves when an individual is on holiday, partly because sunlight and sea salt are good for the condition and also because the individual is relaxed in a stress-free environment. However, there are certain things to be aware of if you are taking a child that suffers with eczema on holiday.

Eczema Care on Holiday

Keeping Cool

It is important that children with eczema keep cool in the hot weather. This can be achieved by letting your child wear a loose wet T-shirt which will cool down the skin and relieve the itching. Similarly, using a small paddling pool placed under a large umbrella can be beneficial. If you are near the sea then try and use salt water in the paddling pool as this is excellent for eczema.

Swimming Pools

If the holiday complex you are staying in has a swimming pool with chlorine in the water then that may irritate the skin. It may help to apply a layer of Vaseline or white soft paraffin beforehand. Soaking in a bath containing their usual bath additive is advised afterwards. Swimming in the sea, whilst good for eczema, can sting for a while until the body gets used to it.

Sun Protection

It is essential to protect your child’s skin from burning and use of a waterproof cream containing a high sun protection factor is advised (The Skin Foundation). You can ask your dermatologist or family doctor for advice about which product would best suit your child. Children should also be encouraged to wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect against sun burn.

Insect Bites

Treatment of Eczema on Holiday - A Parent's Guide

Children that suffer with eczema, as well as children that suffer with allergies, are prone to suffer reactions to insect bites and stings. Use of an insect repellent may irritate the skin but it is possible to apply it to their clothing. Taking a tube of antihistamine cream or tablets on holiday is also a good idea in the event of any reaction.

Similarly, it is worth being aware that a damp environment may exacerbate eczema. This may not be easy to control when going away on holiday, but good general ventilation can be improved which will reduce presence of fungi and moulds.

Being mindful of the above precautions can help to make your family holiday a time of relaxation and fun for everyone. A child with eczema may certainly show some improvement as a result of such a holiday.

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