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If you have eczema, why is it important to shower after you exercise?

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You want to get sweat, chlorine, and other irritants off your body as soon as possible. Just remember to:

  • Keep showers and baths short, and use lukewarm, not hot, water
  • Use a gentle, hydrating, nonfragranced  cleanser, not soap
  • Pat your skin dry with a soft towel
  • Put on your usual lotion and any prescription treatments you have

SOURCES:

British Journal of Dermatology : “A systematic review of vigorous physical activity in eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “What is Eczema?” “Eczema Causes and Triggers,” “Eczema and Exercise: 10 Tips From the NEA Community,” “What About Exercise?”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and Stress: Get Moving to Manage Stress.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Can a Child with Eczema Attend Gym Class and Play Sports?”

Foundation for Atopic Dermatitis: “Sport and Atopic Eczema.”

Nasir, A. , 2005. Eczema-Free for Life

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, “Dealing with Eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Itching & Scratching,” “Clothing Stockists List,“ “Eczema and Swimming.”

TeensHealth: “Eczema.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Eczema.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2017

SOURCES:

British Journal of Dermatology : “A systematic review of vigorous physical activity in eczema.”

National Eczema Association: “What is Eczema?” “Eczema Causes and Triggers,” “Eczema and Exercise: 10 Tips From the NEA Community,” “What About Exercise?”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and Stress: Get Moving to Manage Stress.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Can a Child with Eczema Attend Gym Class and Play Sports?”

Foundation for Atopic Dermatitis: “Sport and Atopic Eczema.”

Nasir, A. , 2005. Eczema-Free for Life

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, “Dealing with Eczema.”

National Eczema Society: “Itching & Scratching,” “Clothing Stockists List,“ “Eczema and Swimming.”

TeensHealth: “Eczema.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Eczema.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2017

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