Exercise Helps Eczema

by Mel on August 14, 2011

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that is dry, red and itchy.  It is usually treated with topical creams, traditionally steroids but more recently natural products that are less harmful to the skin.

Aside from the topical creams there are lots of things you can do to help control eczema.  One of the least thought of is exercise.

That’s right!

Exercise Helps Eczema

Stress commonly causes an eczema flare up.  Exercise helps to balance the mind and reduce stress.  The type of exercise to best help eczema is individual but in general a structured cardio workout like interval training, running or cycling is best.

If there is a lot of pent up anger or stress a more vigorous workout like kick boxing may be more beneficial but only if the end result leaves you feeling calmer not angrier.  Also contact exercise needs to be monitored to ensure there is no further damage to the skin.

Less energetic exercising like walking or gardening are also very beneficial in controlling eczema as they are a great form of stress release.

Yoga, meditation and swimming are a great form of release for people who are consistently uptight as they focus on breathing and body control.

Always shower after exercise to wash away sweat or chlorine as both may irritate sensitive skin if not removed.  And remember to moisturize and apply treating creams after exercise.

Exercise helps to control weight and reduce stress.  It also releases endorphins which make you feel good about yourself.  All positive ways to help manage your eczema.

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