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Winter, eczema and you: Ways to keep your skin healthy

For many people, dry and itchy skin comes with the winter months. Eczema can flare during the cold and dry weather, causing irritation and other difficulties. Cold, dry air and freezing temperatures can cause it to worsen, but there are things you can do to prevent or alleviate symptoms. But what is eczema? It’s a […]

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For many people, dry and itchy skin comes with the winter months. Eczema can flare during the cold and dry weather, causing irritation and other difficulties.

Cold, dry air and freezing temperatures can cause it to worsen, but there are things you can do to prevent or alleviate symptoms.

But what is eczema? It’s a skin condition characterized by itchy, red, irritated skin. There can be rashes, blisters and inflammation. It can have many causes, like allergies, weather or other irritants. Many people who have it also have food, seasonal or environmental allergies.

It’s important to keep eczema in check because broken skin caused by itching can get infected.

So what can you do to ease symptoms or prevent flare-ups? Here are three things to try.

Moisture

Keeping your skin properly hydrated can go a long way. Avoid hot baths and showers, use a gentle soap and always follow with a cream or other moisturizer. If you can, avoid fragrance as well. It’s also a good idea to use a humidifier in your home – and especially your bedroom.

Protect your skin

Keep your skin covered up when you go outside (gloves and hats!) and wear gloves when cleaning. Switch to an unscented laundry detergent or unscented soap. Also, if you think your eczema is triggered by something, like a food, learn to read labels so you can avoid it. There are things you can do to protect your skin and prevent flares.

See a doctor for your eczema

If your eczema is causing you pain or is very irritated, it might be time to see a doctor. There are prescription creams and other methods that can help ease your eczema. There are ways to help get you some relief, so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for help.

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