How can I find eczema triggers outdoors?
Types & treatments
Find out what could be triggering your child's eczema while your child's outdoors.
Match the possible trigger on the chart below and learn what you can do to help treat flares and avoid outdoor triggers.
|Possible trigger||Could be a trigger if... ||What you can do|
|Cold temperature, winds||Your child's skin feels drier in winter or cracks and bleeds.||Winter skin care for eczema|
|Dry air||Your child's eczema flares during the winter or you live in a dry climate.||Winter skin care for eczema|
|Heat, humidity||Your child's eczema flares when the weather is hot and humid.||Sweating and overheating are common eczema triggers. You can reduce the likelihood that your child will sweat by:|
|Pollen, mold||You check the pollen and mold counts and notice that your child's eczema flares when counts rise.||If you find that your child's eczema flares when pollen or mold counts are high, try to reduce the amount of pollen or mold that enters your home. Keep doors and windows shut. Use air-conditioning when possible. Limit time outdoors when the count is high.|
Keep your child off the lawn for 2 hours after it's been mowed.
|Pollution||Your child's eczema flares when the Air Quality Index (AQI) rises.||If your child's eczema flares when the AQI rises, limit time outdoors on those days. You can also shut windows and doors at home when the AQI rises above 100.|
|Sunburn||Your child gets a sunburn.|
Related AAD resources
Why are baths and moisturizer so important when treating eczema?
Sidbury R, Tom WL, et al. “Part 4: Guidelines of Care for the management of atopic dermatitis. Part 4: Prevention of disease flares and use of adjunctive therapies and approaches.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Dec;71(6):1218-33.