The past few years, I’ve taken trips of over a month at a time each fall. In 2021, ready to go anywhere and everywhere following the pandemic, I visited four countries; last year, two; this year, one but traveling to various islands. I have a travel blog, so traveling is necessary.
The first two years, I had flare-ups from packing and the stress of trip planning — really bad flare-ups. I remember being on the plane in 2022, madly rubbing every cream I had into my hands, feeling the stares of the people sitting around me.
I have even more crazy travel eczema stories, too, like these:
In 2021, in Romania, I stayed with a friend’s family, who drove me to the mountains to see castles, including Dracula’s castle. My friend’s mom was concerned about me and gave me a cream. At first I was skeptical, until she told me she made it herself from plants and that it was for eczema. It helped, and on the way back to their home, we stopped multiple times on the side of the highway when she spotted the specific plants needed to make the cream for me.
Then, in 2022, I was at Petra in Jordan, hiking the steps to the monastery, my knees hurting with each step and my hand eczema flaring. One woman, selling bottles of water and souvenirs, noticed my eczema as I passed by (that’s how bad it was) and told me about a magical plant that cured her and where in Petra to find it. Someone from my group realized she most likely had leprosy, not eczema, because eczema can’t be “cured” like that. (Case in point: The cream from 2021 helped for a while — until it didn’t anymore.)
This year has been different. When I arrived at the airport for my departure, it finally sunk in that I hadn’t had a flare-up from packing or stress. In addition, my period was about to start, which usually causes a flare-up for me, yet my hands were better than they’d been in ages.
I’ve also been able to walk up and down stairs without horrible knee pain. The main thing I attribute to my wellness is working with a functional eczema clinic that put me on an individualized protocol for my gut and nutritional issues.
The second helpful aspect is the products I use. After a horrible allergic reaction this year, I switched out a lot of my products. I now use only glycerin soap bars (instead of body wash), Native shampoo and conditioner, and Vaseline (which I know is a bit contentious, but it’s all I can personally use for now).
I have so many allergies, which include hemp, seasonal grasses and trees (I’ve learned these rule out a lot of ingredients, like stevia), nuts, propylene glycol, and more chemicals that are in almost everything. I’m also gluten and lactose intolerant.
I’ve experienced the frustration and anger that come from going to Whole Foods only to feel like there’s nothing I can eat or use. Now, after help from the clinic plus my own research, my hope has returned.
Here are the game-changing products I recommend for traveling:
I also have allergy medicine, including natural nose spray and Ollois natural allergy supplements to keep my allergies at bay, and electrolytes to mix with my water — minerals are also important for eczema healing, as I’ve learned this year.
I hope this can help you find solutions that work for you and ease your travels. I don’t want to let my eczema or allergies stop me from traveling and enjoying life, and I wish healing for all of us!
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