News / 30 May 2024

Navigating Airline Travel with Eczema

Embarking on a journey can be exhilarating, but for those managing eczema, it also comes with its own set of challenges. From air travel to exploring new destinations, maintaining skin health becomes a priority. Here are some essential tips from us to ensure your travels are as comfortable as possible:

Airline Travel

Pack Smart: Place all necessary creams in your checked luggage and ensure you have travel-sized bottles of creams and medications in your cabin luggage for easy access.

Hydration is Key: Keep hydrated throughout your journey, as it helps maintain skin moisture levels. Opt for water over other beverages to keep your skin happy.

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise: Before boarding, moisturise your skin generously, and remember to reapply every 2-4 hours during the flight to combat dryness.

Dress Comfortably: Wear breathable, cotton or bamboo clothing to minimise irritation from seats and allergens. Consider covering up with long sleeves and pants to protect your skin further, and don’t hesitate to use a face mask if you have airborne allergies.

Stress Management: Reduce physical and psychological stress by selecting seats that accommodate your needs, such as more legroom or avoiding crowded areas.

During Your Trip

Bring Extra Medication: Pack additional medications to control flares, as changes in environment and stress levels can trigger eczema.

Sun and Wind Protection: Shield your skin from the sun and wind by using sunscreen and covering up when necessary to prevent further irritation.

Stick to Your Routine: Maintain your skincare regimen as much as possible. Travel can disrupt your skin, so consistency is key to minimising flares.

Consult Your Doctor: Obtain a prescription for extra medications, including antibiotics, and carry a letter outlining all necessary creams and medications for travel.

Nightly Skincare Routine: Rinse off allergens, irritants, and sunscreen every night, followed by moisturising to soothe your skin.

Consider Bringing Your Own Bedding: Bring along your own bedding, especially if you have allergies to different laundry detergents commonly used in hotels or B&Bs.

Special Considerations for Injectable Biologic Medications: If you’re traveling with injectable biologic medications that are temperature-sensitive, take note of the following:

  • Before use, store syringes and pens in a refrigerator between 2-8°C.
  • If refrigeration isn’t available, pre-filled syringes and pens can be kept at room temperature (up to 25°C) for a maximum of 14 days.

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By implementing these travel tips and staying prepared, you can enjoy your adventures while keeping your eczema under control. Safe travels!