Cold Weather and Eczema: Does Anything Work?

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) — Dry skin is uncomfortable in any weather, but it becomes particularly uncomfortable during the colder months, when the icy wind makes everything feel tight and itchy. This is especially true—and painful—for those who suffer from eczema. According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), there is currently no cure for eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, but it is manageable if you avoid certain triggers—and take therapeutic measures.

There are several things that people with eczema need to avoid in order to keep irritation at bay:

  • Dust regularly: Dust mites that hide in carpeting, blinds and rugs can exacerbate eczema, says the NEA, so getting rid of old items and regularly washing and dusting can help keep skin irritation at a minimum.
  • Loosen up: Tight-fitting clothes, or clothes made of rough materials such as wool or synthetics, can cause irritation, the NEA reports. Switching to looser, cotton-based fabrics will be gentler on your skin.
  • Take shorter showers: A long hot bath might sound like a great way to end a long day, especially in winter, but prolonged exposure to hot water can irritate skin and cause eczema to flare, according to EverydayHealth.com. Be gentle on your skin—don’t scrub or rub too hard, and then pat skin dry with a towel.
  • Protect your hands: Gloves aren’t just for protecting your hands in cold weather, notes WebMD. Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes, and if rubber is an irritant, wear light cotton gloves underneath. Cotton gloves can also protect your hands when doing other types of housework.

Of course there are many things that one should not do to inflame symptoms of eczema, but there are also therapeutic measures that people who suffer from eczema can take to mitigate their symptoms. Getting the right moisturizer for your skin type is the best day-to-day treatment, but many are unhappy with popular brands.

Dermatologists have been recommending Theraplex products to their patients for more than 20 years. With the right products, people suffering from eczema have a defense against the effects of cold weather. Relief is within arm’s reach. To learn more about Theraplex moisture therapy for eczema, visit www.eczematherapy.com

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