It's starting to feel like winter and when the cold weather sets in, do you dream of wearing your favorite sweaters and playing in the snow with your kids? Or, do you worry it's that time of year again when your skin feels its worst and you need to find an eczema treatment?!
The drop in temperature and humidity signals a big change for some - the onset of winter eczema. Dry air, cold temperatures, and indoor heating can aggravate already sensitive skin causing drying, itching, and irritating rashes. Even sweating during favorite winter activities such as skiing or sledding can cause the dreaded winter eczema flare-up. We have some simple tips to help you cope with winter eczema so you can enjoy your favorite cold-weather activities.
Amp Up Your Skin Care Routine - Moisturize!
If you have eczema your skin barrier needs extra attention to keep irritants out and moisture in. Following a daily skin care routine is a simple but important step. A good eczema emollient is an essential part of your skin care regimen. Use warm water instead of hot for your morning shower and wash with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Then, lightly towel off and apply a thick eczema emollient such as Vaniply while skin is still damp. Moisturizing damp skin helps to lock in moisture and seal possible cracks. Use a moisturizer that works for your skin. An allergist can help you determine which additives, preservatives, and chemicals might cause a reaction.
Keep your favorite eczema emollient handy and apply frequently. If you're prone to hand eczema, apply an emollient to damp hands and wear eczema treatment gloves whenever possible, such as during your morning routine and again at night while sleeping. Wear winter gloves when going out into the cold air.
Children may also suffer with hand eczema. Frequent handwashing in schools and day care centers is important to keep germs at bay but can also dry out sensitive eczema-prone skin. Applying emollient and wearing eczema treatment gloves overnight can provide some relief. A bath at night is a great way to remove any allergens from the day and to prepare their skin for moisturizing.
Add Some Humidity to the Air
As mentioned, dry air can trigger an eczema flare-up. Humidifiers can be helpful in decreasing dry air in your home. There are even smaller, desktop versions available for your office. Keeping humidifiers clean is important to prevent mold growth, which could trigger other allergies. Also, be aware that excessive humidity above 55 percent may promote growth of dust mites.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
It's time to bundle up in sweaters and long sleeve shirts but wool and wool blends can further aggravate winter eczema. Protect skin from scratchy fabrics by wearing soft, lightweight layers under regular clothing. Specialty eczema clothing and eczema sleeves for arms and legs made of TENCEL® protect skin and wick excess moisture from areas prone to flare-ups. Use a laundry detergent that is designed for sensitive skin and free of added perfumes or chemicals.
Have an Eczema Treatment Plan
The tips above are all part of a good eczema treatment plan. But if you've not been able to minimize symptoms and prevent more serious eczema flare-ups, try wet wrap therapy. It can be a great way to lock in moisture, stop the itching, and plump up your dry skin. Eczema clothing for wet wrap therapy makes it easy. Speak with your physician about how long and how often you should use wet wrap therapy, as well as possible prescription ointments that are available and effective.
While there is no cure for eczema and winter is not going away anytime soon, you can make it through this season! AD RescueWear has helpful tips and products available to help you this winter.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.