How to Travel with Eczema

Eczema can’t stop you from enjoying your trip. All you need to practice these simple precautions.

Nothing can stop you from enjoying the wonders of travel, even your eczema. Yeah, it’s true that it’s a life disturbing condition with rashes, blisters and itch. It is likely to stay with you for a life as it is chronic.

True. Traveling with eczema is not easy. There are many complications and problems down the road, from the food to the beds.

All can aggravate your skin conditions and flare as well. Good thing is that such problems won’t come between you and your travel. You can embark on a wonderful journey with your eczema. All you need to keep these things in mind.

Talk to Your Doctor:

First of all, tell your doctor about traveling in advance. May be they prescribe medications specific to your destination. They may also guide you on how to manage the symptoms.

It is also important as airlines will generally allow the medications onboard if they have name and address printed on the bottle by a doctor. The next point in this blog will elaborate this thing.

Consult your Airline:

As you have read in the previous point that specific types of liquid or creams may not be allowed by your airline. You may not be allowed to take any size or type of container onboard. Current TSA guidelines recommend only liquids, gels or cream not more than 3.4oz size. Anything larger should be packed in your checked baggage.

So make sure to check in with your airlines beforehand to avoid the hassles later. On a safer side, always carry your doctor’s prescription for an easy approval.

Don’t Forget Your Daily Skin Care Things:

  • Use your own eczema skin friendly shampoo, body wash and moisturizer. Don’t use the products available in your hotel or relative’s house.
  • Bathe or shower as you normally would.
  • Apply skin cream at the same times.
  • Bring your own set of towels and sheets to prevent the risk of reacting to chemicals and dyes in laundry detergents.

Pack Skin Safe Snacks:

Not taking the right food can trigger your eczema flare ups.

So be careful while dining out at airport or on the road throughout your journey. Avoid taking dried fruits, soy, gluten or wheat, dairy products, fruit juice and junk food as possible. To suppress hunger pangs and ensure that you are taking a good diet, take eczema friendly snacks.

Toasted coconut flakes can be taken as coconut is skin friendly and loaded with anti-fungal, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It helps control the itch and inflammation as well. Mung bean sprouts (or green gram sprouts) are other safe snacks for eczema.

One more thing—always keep your skin hydrated by taking 8-10 glasses of water.

Know What to Pack:

Pack according to the length of the journey and weather of the destination. Make sure to keep light cotton clothing as it won’t rub against your skin or make you sweat. Pack light and breathable clothes for hot weather and warmer but not-itchy outfits for colder climates. Last but not the least—don’t forget to pack your eczema medications.

Learn How to Deal with Emergency:

As you are away from your city, it would be better to search for the nearest pharmacy or hospital for a peace of mind. This is because sometimes eczema may turn worse despite your precautions and medications.

So these are the tips you can manage your eczema while enjoying your trip to the fullest. With preventing measures and some precautions, you can keep your eczema flares at a bay. Happy journey!!!

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