Why does my eczema get worse in winter? December 08, 2015 16:44
Don’t you just love winter! It’s the season for warm clothing, roaring fires/heat pumps, comfort food and unfortunately for some people the return of dry itchy skin. If you suffer from eczema it is likely you associate the change in weather with having a harder time with scratching and rashes.
What causes it?
During wintertime the outside air is typically cold and dry and we usually try to keep our homes warm and cosy, did you know that the harsh temperature changes from outside icy winds to the shock of indoor instant heat on your skin can draw away valuable moisture from your skin. Dry skin is more likely to itch and crack making the eczema worse.
Along with the cold drying out your skin other changes in what you wear and activities you take part in can also affect the winter eczema sufferers. Thankfully though, some simple daily changes can help you in preventing skin flare-ups.
So what can help?
Treatment - There are many creams and corticosteroids out there that you can try to keep on top of your symptoms. If you are looking for a capsule that is safe for adults and children that can help you check out ECZACOL here.
Moisturising – continue regularly applying moisturising cream especially after bathing to lock in the moisture back into your skin.
Clothing choice – obviously you want to keep your skin warm but don’t overdress. Sweaty skin can trigger flare-ups. Layering your clothes is a great way to regulate your warmth. Stay away from those woolly knits and always choose soft fabrics. Make sure you take off any wet gloves, socks, hats or other clothing. As always with eczema make sure you avoid washing clothes in harsh detergents and keep your clothes away from dyes and perfumes. Also make sure any softeners you use are chemical free.
Keeping the air normal - Consider using a humidifier – keeping the humidity between 45 and 55% prevents your skin from drying out. You want your indoor environment not too warm or cold.
Sunscreen – Continue to protect your skin from the suns UV rays through winter. Use at least 30 SPF and remember to check the label for ingredients your skin may be sensitive to.
Smoke – being near a fireplace with wood smoke is quickly going to dry out the skin so stay away. Cigarette smoke also can worsen eczema symptoms – a great reason to give up if you are a smoker.
Extra vitamin D – less sunlight means less vitamin D. This is essential for your immune system and a lack of it can make your eczema worse if you’re feeling ill or rundown.
Food choice – Acidic foods such as some dairy, oats and meats have been linked to eczema flare ups by Ragnar Berg (Nobel-prize winner back in the 1930’s). Not great news for the winter porridge fans. Instead try to include the good fats in your diet such as nuts, seeds, fish oil and dark green veggies.
Allergens – if you know what triggers the skin to itch and flare-up continue to avoid them. Perhaps consider if certain plants, fabrics or animal hair has an effect on your eczema?
This winter give your skin some extra bit of care. Don’t let it stop you going out and enjoying the winter fun. Paying attention to the changes in the winter environment and avoiding the triggers will make it easier to cope through the chilly season.*Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about eczema and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have eczema, atopic dermatitis or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication. For more information about how ECZACOL could help you head to www.lyproxea.com/eczacol