Are Winters Bad For Eczema? Know Your Options


What is Eczema?

If you’ve experienced red, itchy skin that flares up at times, you might have a condition known as Atopic dermatitis or Eczema. There is no particular age limit for eczema and it is common in children.  Eczema is usually long-lasting and is usually common in people suffering from asthma. Although it is not common eczema flare-ups can be accompanied by fever. There is currently no known cure for eczema but controlling certain factors can help relieve itching and can help prevent new outbreaks. 

How Can I Control Eczema?

While eczema doesn’t have a known cure, there are certain things that you can try. Keeping your skin moisturized helps against the condition. In addition, avoiding harsh soaps, and using medicated creams can help against its flare-ups.

Air purifiers are also known to help alleviate eczema and its symptoms. If you’re looking for a good air purifier for eczema we recommend this guide from Air Purifier Mag. A mix of clean, humid air and skincare regimen can help keep eczema at bay.

Do Winters Aggravate Eczema?

Yes, according to numerous medical reports and studies winters are known to decrease the moisture content in both the outdoor and indoor air. The dry air coupled with the cold is a recipe for disaster for the skin.

If you’re diagnosed with eczema already and have respiratory issues like asthma, then using these measures can go a long way in ensuring a healthy, safe life. Dry weather also increases the number of indoor allergens that can lead to symptoms similar to those of eczema.

Inflammation on the skin also exposes the skin to many more allergens than one might be allergic to. 

It’s important to recognize the condition early so that you can start treatment. If regular moisturizing and other self-care steps don’t help, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatments:

Here are a few tips you can try to keep your eczema symptoms in control. Different people have a varying degree of allergen exposure and these tips might work with varying degrees of success. 

Use Medications

Certain over-the-counter creams and ointments can work wonders to treat damaged skin and will help keep the skin moisturized but creams containing drugs like calcineurin inhibitors must only be used after consulting a professional. 

Avoid Direct Sun Exposure

You’ll need to avoid direct exposure to strong sunlight while using any drugs, and even when you’re not using any drugs or ointments avoid direct sunlight can help reduce inflammation and can help alleviate eczema symptoms. 

Try Antibiotics

A doctor will be able to better diagnose whether your infection is bacterial or if its eczema. Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics but don’t continue drug use for long because of potentially serious side effects.

Dupixent

The FDA has recently approved an injectable biologic called dupilumab (Dupixent). If you think eczema is hampering your quality of life severely and are willing to try the new medication then you can try the Dupixent but while studies have shown it to be safe, it is quite expensive.

Moisturize Regularly

The best bet against eczema is skincare. The better protected it is, the lesser the chance of an allergen flaring up your allergy. You can try different kinds of medicated moisturizers for better results.

Use a Humidifier

If the indoor air around you is exceedingly dry and is causing numerous skin problems then investing in a whole-house humidifier can go a long way. Whole-house humidifiers keep the indoor humidity levels in check and will kick in as soon as the humidity levels drop below a certain percentage.

Limit Contact with Pets

Pets are known to cause allergy flare-ups because of the dander and other allergens that they can carry. While an air purifier can filter out most of these allergens and can also neutralize microbes, limiting exposure to pets is the best bet against eczema.

What do the experts say?

Allergies and sensitivities are controversial topics that many medical experts are divided on. Where some belief them to be myths, those who experience it would beg to differ. Limiting Contact with foreign biological particles and using moisturizers is an excellent way of keeping yourself protected from eczema but for more potent results and a safer indoor environment, medical experts suggest keeping the indoor air humid and free from allergens.

You can invest in an air purifier or an air humidifier as the need may be, as both these devices are known to help with eczema. Avoiding sunlight, direct pet contact, and keeping indoor air allergen-free are little measures that can help improve the quality of life significantly and will also help ensure that your allergy flare-ups remain in check.

Disclaimer: The statements, opinions, and data contained in these publications are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of Credihealth and the editor(s). 

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