While every person with eczema has their own triggers, in many cases, flareups can follow a seasonal pattern. (So much so, in fact, that asteatotic eczema is often known as ‘winter itch.’)
It’s not uncommon to find that your eczema lies dormant most of the year, only to re-ignite in response to cold or heat.
So why is this the case? And what can I do to help treat eczema?
Eczema is also known as dermatitis. It is a common itchy inflammation skin condition, often associated with an abnormal skin barrier. It looks different for every person, but you may experience patches of dry scaly skin, small raised bumps, and severe itching. This might occur in just a few small patches or may be more widely spread across the body.
If your flareups happen predominantly in winter, this is likely due to switching between cold and hot environments. Harsh, windy conditions outside – followed by dry, centrally heated environments inside – can wreak havoc on the skin.
As if that were not enough, some people find their eczema triggered by dust mites (which can thrive in warm indoor environments). On top of this, many people experience a Vitamin D deficiency during winter, which some studies have linked to higher rates of eczema, although the evidence is not conclusive on this front.
Many winter eczema management strategies come down to avoiding extremes of heat. First up, make sure your home isn’t overheated, and invest in a humidifier if dry air inside isn’t a concern.
When you bathe or shower, lukewarm (not hot) temperatures are best for your skin. And, since heavy winter clothes can cause sweating, the National Eczema Society advises layering up – clothing made from cotton or silk is best.
Moisturizing your skin is extremely important when it comes to eczema. You should do this at least twice a day with both moisturizers and protective products to seal in moisture.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from eczema or dry skin and related complications, set up an appointment with our skilled and experienced staff. Schedule an appointment today and start your journey to quick recovery! Call 330.725.0569.