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5 Tips for Preventing an Eczema Flare-up This Winter

Eczema is a year-round offender in that it can cause itchy, irritated skin that’s hard to soothe in any season. However, many individuals with eczema notice dramatic worsening during the cold, dry days of winter. The good news? There are steps you can take at home to help prevent eczema from making your life miserable. 

Here at City Care Family Practice in the Lower Midtown area of Manhattan in New York, our team considers it our mission to provide outstanding medical care to individuals of all ages, including tips for preventing cold weather eczema flares.

Check the humidity factor   

As outdoor temperatures drop and furnaces kick on, the air in your home loses its humidity. For many, this worsens the dry skin itch that’s associated with eczema. Investing in a humidifier can help bring the balance back to normal and soothe your dry skin woes. 

If cost is a factor, the National Eczema Foundation recommends placing a bowl of water in each room as an inexpensive alternative to a humidifier.

Moisturize morning, noon, and night

Your skin takes extra moisturizing during winter to maintain its protective barrier and avoid the dryness that can worsen eczema. You may also find a heavier moisturizer more beneficial during the winter than the lighter product you turn to in the warmth of spring or summer.

It’s also essential to avoid harsh cleansers and other skin care products that dry your skin. Keep showers short and temperatures warm rather than hot. Also, don’t forget to slather on an extra layer of moisturizer before going outdoors, paying special attention to your face, lips, and other exposed areas.

Keep it clean

Eczema is often triggered by indoor allergens such as dust mites, mold, and pet dander. Take special care to dust, vacuum, and change furnace filters frequently to help limit your exposure to these substances during the winter, which can build up to higher levels when windows remain closed for the season.

Dress in soft layers 

It may be tempting to snuggle up in all those wonderfully warm wool and wool-blend sweaters, scarves, and mittens when the snow flies. Unfortunately, wool and other scratchy materials can irritate and inflame skin that’s prone to eczema. 

Choose instead several light layers of cotton and/or natural blends that provide warmth without itchiness. If wooly gloves or mittens are a must, wear a pair of silk liners underneath to protect your skin. Avoid synthetic materials such as nylon as well, since these fabrics can also worsen eczema.

See your healthcare provider

Occasionally, severe eczema symptoms require prescription medication. If your eczema symptoms do not respond to basic home remedies, schedule your visit at City Care Family Practice today for evaluation and treatment.   Many effective treatments exist for eczema that are designed to soothe your irritated skin and help prevent even wintertime flare ups.

For outstanding medical care that includes help with eczema Call the office or request an appointment online. We’re here for you and your family! 

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