Managing Eczema in the Winter

Managing eczema in the winter months can be challenging because the cold, dry air can worsen symptoms such as itching and dryness. Many people may complain of eczema flare ups on their hands and face, as they are exposed the most to the elements of winter. Here are some tips to help you manage eczema during the cold, winter months:

  • Moisturize regularly: 

    • Use a thick, fragrance free moisturizing cream or ointment to keep your skin hydrated.  Apply it immediately after bathing to help lock in the moisture. 

  • Use gentle cleansers:

    • Use mild, fragrance-free cleansers that are designed for sensitive skin. Harsh soaps can further irritate your skin.

  • Avoid irritants:

    • Be mindful of irritants such as harsh detergents, perfumes, and fabric softeners. Choose fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products.

  • Short, lukewarm showers:

    • Avoid hot showers, as hot water can strip away the skin's natural oils, leading to increased dryness. Opt for short, lukewarm showers instead.

  • Humidify your home:

    • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home. This can help combat the dry indoor air caused by heating systems.

  • Protect your hands:

    • Wear gloves when going outside, especially in cold and windy weather. This helps protect your hands from the harsh elements.

  • Stay hydrated:
    • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out

  • Manage stress:

  • Stress can trigger eczema flare-ups. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.

  • Prescription medications:

  • If your eczema symptoms are severe, consult with a dermatologist or pharmacist. They can help prescribe the right moisture barrier your skin needs. 

  • While dealing with eczema involves a combination of self-care strategies, lifestyle adjustments, and, in some cases, medical treatments, it is important to treat your symptoms early to keep them at bay. Using these key steps can help you live a comfortable life this winter. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Pharmacist for any eczema or skin care questions or concerns. 

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