Winter and Eczema, How to Help Prevent Flare Ups

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By Lisa  |  Wednesday, January 4, 2012  |   |  Leave comment

Eczema flares up in the winterWhile many of us enjoy sitting by the cozy fireplace in the winter, eczema sufferers can dread this time of year. Dry air and cold weather can aggravate eczema symptoms causing a miserable, itchy rash.

Dry air and harsh temperatures in the winter months can cause eczema flare ups. The dry air prevents your skin from retaining moisture, and going from the warm indoors to harsh outdoor temperatures can irritate your skin.

There are steps you can take to help prevent eczema flare ups:

  • Use a daily moisturizer at least once a day and use moisture-rich soaps.
  • Apply a daily sunscreen and use one designed for sensitive skin.
  • Use a humidifier inside your home, especially if you have forced-air heat.
  • Dress in comfortable fabrics and wear gloves when you go outside.
  • Remove damp clothing as soon as possible after being out in the snow or rain.
  • Avoid washing clothing in harsh detergents. A better choice is a detergent designed for sensitive skin and free of perfumes and dyes.
  • Stay away from smoke. This includes the fireplace as well as cigarette smoke which can intensify eczema symptoms.
  • In case of a flare-up, use an over-the-counter steroid such as Corticool 1% Hydrocortisone Gel to help relieve itching, or a steroid cream prescribed by your dermatologist.

If you find the eczema is an ongoing problem for you, work with your doctor to find the proper treatment for you. Everyone's skin is different and what works for one person may not work for you.

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