Anyone that suffers from eczema understands the constant battle with temperature, inside and out. One of the main symptoms of eczema is inflammation, which is all about heat and redness. Another significant symptom is that there tends to be an overreaction of the immune system. The immune response is such that it becomes over productive to certain allergens making eczema sufferers highly sensitive and allergic. At times it can feel like the blood is boiling with this over production of antibody activity resulting in itchiness and irritability. Eczema sufferers know all too well what it means to get ‘hot under the collar’.
So now the season has changed and it is a bit cooler (phew), we don’t have to feel as hot and sweaty as we do in the summer. Hang on a minute, the central heating goes on, the windows get shut and it becomes hot again, at least indoors. It is actually that time of year that skin can become the dry and dehydrated with the artificial heat.
The heat of the night causes the skin to be irritated and itchy and this is the very worst thing for someone suffering with eczema. An important factor in managing eczema is to break the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle.
Also getting sufficient sleep aids the healing process, so minimising scratching during the night is a must.
TIPS TO KEEPING COOL AND HYDRATED IN THE BEDROOM
· Wearing light cotton or bamboo pyjamas that are soft and not itchy. Wool and synthetic fibres can create heat and hold sweat making for a rather unpleasant itchy experience.
· Use cotton sheets and a light weight duvet. You can always use a blanket if too cold.
· An air purifier actually has a cooling effect, like cool mountain air.
· Humidifiers and hydrators can prevent drying of the skin. It can be as simple as a bowl of water on the radiator.
· Having a tepid bath before bed rather than a hot bath or shower.
· Using coconut oil, aloe gel or spray to moisturise can also be cooling and hold in moisture.
· Peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils in a carrier oil and rubbed on the feet can bring the temperature right down.
· Drinking tea cools the body, peppermint oil and chamomile tea are cool and relaxing.
· Keep hydrated, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water with a slice of cucumber can be refreshing and cooling.
Try some of these tips to keep you cool as a cucumber so you get a good night’s sleep.