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How To Treat Winter Eczema Flare-Ups

Learn how to treat eczema flare ups during the winter.

We are quickly approaching the winter season, which will bring frigid temperatures and snowfall.  The winter season can also cause your eczema to flare-up, which can be stressful and sometimes embarrassing.  Eczema is a dry, scaly, and itchy rash on top of the skin that can worsen in the winter due to the dry air, indoor heating systems, and multiple layers of clothing.  Luckily, there are a few simple ways to combat winter eczema flare-ups.

Avoid Hot Baths or Showers

When it comes to treating your eczema flare-ups, avoid taking very hot baths or showers, especially in the winter.  Use warm water while in the shower or bath because hot water can dry your skin and make your eczema flare. If you frequently take baths, then you should look at adding moisturizing products, such as oatmeal.  After your bath or shower, pat your skin dry and avoid rubbing skin dry with a towel as this can irritate any eczema patches you may have. Moisturize your skin right away, particularly your eczema patches, following any bathing or showering. This will help keep your eczema from flaring or worsening. Often, applying petroleum jelly products to your eczema patches can help control them.

Know What To Wear

During the winter, it is common to wear multiple layers of clothing to combat the cold.  However, if you have eczema, try wearing breathable clothing so that your eczema doesn’t dry out.  Avoid wearing fibers such as wool and nylon because they can cause your skin to overheat, which leads to flare-ups.  Make sure to wear breathable fabrics like cotton and use breathable lines in bed as well.

Invest In A Humidifier

Using a humidifier in winter alongside your home’s heating system can help maintain moisture in your indoor air and may prevent dry skin and eczema flares.  Make sure that you are changing the water in your humidifier and cleaning it a few times a week.


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