Joel Schlessinger MD shares how the summer season can affect those with chronic skin conditions

Joel Schlessinger MD shares an article that highlights the effect of summer on certain skin conditions.

Once summer comes around, most people are eager to take advantage of activities such as camping, lounging by the pool and spending days at the beach. These pastimes may not be the best for people who suffer from conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, however. An article from MedPage Today explains why summer time can be a particularly difficult time for patients with these conditions.

Flare-ups of chronic skin conditions can be very common in the summer, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Sunlight and heat affect the health of your skin and exposure to these elements can cause irritation. During the summer, many people are exposed to heat while at the pool or beach. If you frequently swim in pools, chlorine may also be affecting the health of your skin. This chemical can cause irritation, itching and dryness, especially for those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis.

Limiting your time in the pool is one way to prevent irritation from occurring. You should also be extra diligent about applying sunscreen to avoid causing any extra damage to your skin.

According to Joel Schlessinger MD, bug bites, rashes and other irritations can also affect the health of skin in summer.

While most insect bites and rashes are not dangerous, they can be damaging to the skin if they start to itch. Scratching not only causes conditions such as eczema and psoriasis to worsen, it also causes painful symptoms and increases the risk of infection.

If you experience an insect bite or an allergic reaction, it is important to keep the area clean to prevent infection. You can also take precautions such as wearing protective clothing and insect repellent to prevent this issue.

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Posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
Filed Under Category: Skin Care
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