why having eczema can disrupt your session

why having eczema can disrupt your session

Sport yes, but with precautions. This could summarize how to practice physical activity for patients affected by atopic eczema.

A barrier to sporting activity

Quoted by the French Eczema Association, Professor Khaled Ezzedine, dermatologist at the Henri Mondor Hospital in Créteil explains that “if sport is a way to fight against eczema because it reduces the patient’s anxiety , to maintain your body and improve the quality of sleep, while strengthening your immune defenses (…) the heat generated by exercise can trigger or aggravate an eczema attack. There is also the friction of clothing linked to movements, contact with certain materials, poorly ventilated gyms…”

Thus, for 62% of patients, the disease is perceived as an obstacle to their sporting activity. 9 out of 10 say their skin “itches” when they play sports and 6 out of 10 suffer from burning sensations on the skin. Furthermore, 31.3% of patients have already been victims of negative looks, inappropriate remarks and mockery.

8 tips for practicing

Unfortunately, when it comes to mockery, it’s difficult to fight against people’s stupidity. As for your comfort, here are some tips that can help you feel better during your sessions:

  • Drink water regularly, and in small quantities, before, during and after exercise to keep your body and skin hydrated.
  • Choose a suitable and realistic intensity level based on the condition of your skin.
  • Try to limit the rise in body temperature, by keeping a towel nearby or sponge handles to gently wipe away sweat during exercise.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid chafing and wash it after each use.
  • Apply emollients to moisturize the skin, one hour before exercise, to allow sufficient absorption time and of course after exercise.
  • Take a lukewarm – not hot – shower to rinse off sweat after exercise.
  • If using a deodorant, choose a neutral product (without alcohol or perfume) and apply after physical activity (and not before), after showering and once the skin is well dried with a soft, clean towel.
  • Avoid physical activity in hot weather.



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