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What precautions should you take if you swim when you have eczema?

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In general, swimming is good exercise if you have eczema, but take some precautions. Slather on lotion before you swim. It will help act as a barrier to prevent dryness. Follow with a sunscreen if you’re outside.

Also, before you spend an hour in a new pool, take a quick dip and see how your skin does. Some people have a bad reaction to chlorine and other pool chemicals. And swim in clean pools. You’re less likely to have a flare-up if the water’s pH levels are neutral.

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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