The pool is the perfect way to cool off during a hot summer day in Georgia. While it may be surprising to some, the swimming pool can also relieve eczema symptoms. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a common skin condition in kids, and one that is known for its red, itchy and scaly rash. While most harsh chemicals, soaps and fragrances can irritate eczema, many sufferers find soothing relief in the swimming pool. Here’s why!
Not only does the cool temperature of the water provide a soothing sensation to an itchy or inflamed eczema rash, but the chlorine content in the pool can also help a flare up. The chlorine can act as a disinfectant much similar to a diluted bleach bath, which is commonly recommended for eczema that is prone to infection.
Before you let your child with eczema dive in the pool this summer, there are some important things to keep in mind!
- Test your child’s reaction. Not all eczema sufferers respond well to chlorine pools. In some, it can make their eczema worse.
- Always apply both an eczema emollient to your child’s skin as well as a non-irritating, water-resistant sunscreen. Sunburn can quickly make an eczema rash unbearable!
- Take swim breaks to rinse off the skin with cool, fresh water and then repeat the application of moisturizer and sunscreen.
- After swimming, it is imperative that you rinse your child’s skin completely. Leaving chlorinated water on the skin can dry it out, which can make eczema flare-ups worse. Within minutes of rinsing, pat dry and apply an eczema emollient to lock in the moisture.
When it comes to joining their friends in the swimming pool this summer, your eczema-ridden child may not have to miss out. If you are concerned about the way your child is reacting to chlorine or if you want advice on the best emollients and sunscreens to use, please schedule an appointment with one of our skilled pediatric dermatologists at Olansky Dermatology Associates in Atlanta.