Why Does my Eczema Flare Up in Winter?

If you suffer from a host of skin problems during winters, such as itchiness, rashes, and inflammation, you are suffering from cases of eczema. Chronic eczema has seven types. These include stasis dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, nummular eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis. Our physicians at AFC Urgent Care Vernon can help you determine the cause of your eczema and the best treatment options. Visit us today to get a proper diagnosis and treatment

Winter is already quite tough on the human skin; the dry air and changing temperatures tend to worsen eczema in people. You will note how those body parts you expose most to the winter elements have the worst skin during the season.

Symptoms of Eczema

The symptoms of eczema vary per person, and even children can develop this skin problem. It can appear in different areas of the body at various times. The only common symptom is itchiness, and this can range from mild to moderate per individual. At times the itchiness may worsen to the extent that your skin inflames or may even bleed if you scratch excessively.

Some other general symptoms of eczema include:

  • Swollen areas of skin
  • Crusting or oozing
  • Scaly patches, leathery and rough spots of skin
  • Discoloration or inflammation of the skin
  • Sensitive and dry skin
  • Itching

The problem with eczema is that it is quite versatile. Some may experience all of the symptoms, while others only a few. Some may experience flare-ups during winters, while symptoms disappear entirely for others.

Ways to Prevent It

  1. Protect your skin from abrupt temperature changes. You can do so by wearing scarves, gloves, hats, etc., to keep the skin safe from the cold outside.
  2. Avoid using overly hot water during baths or showers. Try lukewarm water instead. 
  3. Moisturize often and thoroughly, especially after drying off after a shower. Emollients and cream-based moisturizers are beneficial.
  4. For skincare products, use only the mild ones on your skin during winters.
  5. Increase your vitamin D intake.
  6. Keep your skin dry
  7. Use a humidifier during the day or while sleeping
  8. Prescription ointments and home remedies like coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, etc., will protect your skin in winters.

How to Treat Eczema Flare-ups

Here are some self-care measures for eczema flare-ups:

  • Visit AFC Urgent Care for prescription ointments or creams.
  • Use moisturizers at least twice a day.
  • Soothe the flare-up with an anti-itch cream
  • Refrain from scratching.
  • Cover the affected area with bandages to protect the skin
  • A humidifier will help protect your skin from the hot and dry indoor air.
  • Use a soap with perfumes or dyes.
  • Wear smooth-textured and cool clothing. Tight clothes will feel rough and scratchy on the inflamed skin.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress because these too contribute to flare-ups.