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10 Tips for Preventing a Winter Eczema Flare-Up

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a dry, itchy skin condition that often has no clear cause and no sure cure. Eczema often shows up in children, but many people outgrow it by the time they grow into adulthood. For others, however, eczema is a lifelong battle.

At the Allergy Relief Clinics office of Dr. Rafiquddin S. Rahimi in Richardson, Texas, eczema sufferers can find a treatment plan to help manage their skin all year round. Dr. Rahimi has collected these 10 tips to help you maintain an at-home skin-care regimen and is available to you in case of eczema flares with more advice and treatment options. 

10 tips for preventing a winter eczema flareup

Though eczema may not be curable, lifestyle changes can often minimize the effect symptoms have on your life. Try these 10 tips to help avoid flare-ups throughout the cold, dry winter months.

1. Shower or bathe quickly.

Baths or showers lasting 15 minutes or less are recommended, as longer immersion can leach moisture from your skin. If bathing causes your skin to sting, try adding salt to your bathwater.

2. Moisturize immediately after bathing.

Lock moisture back into your skin as soon as you pat yourself dry with a heavy moisturizing cream. Pay special attention to your joints.

3. Moisturize again.

Any time you wash your hands, face, or another part of your body, or if you sweat, moisturize again to lock the moisture back into your skin. 

4. Keep moisturizing.

Did you go outside? Moisturize. Did you come back in? Moisturize. Ready to go to bed? Moisturize. You can’t moisturize too much when you have eczema.

5. Avoid rapid temperature changes.

If possible, don’t go in and out of cold and hot areas in rapid succession. The air outside can be cold and dry, and air inside may be hot and dry, and your skin will have trouble.

6. Wear layers.

One way to minimize sudden changes in temperature is to wear many layers, so you can take one or two off and put them back on as needed. This can help you maintain a more even body temperature and protect your skin. Gloves and a scarf can be must-haves in a cold climate.

7. Avoid wool and synthetics.

That said, stay away from wool and synthetic fabrics known to cause eczema flare-ups, Stick with soft, untreated cotton whenever possible to cut down on irritation to your skin.

8. Speaking of irritants, avoid fragrances. 

That includes your moisturizer! Skin prone to eczema can be highly sensitive to chemicals used for fragrance in lotions, perfumes, and other body and skincare products. The same goes for cleaning chemicals.

9. Stay hydrated.

Hydrating the rest of your body can help keep your skin hydrated, too. Drink water continually throughout the day.

10. Keep your nails short.

If you have eczema, you may find you start itching and scratching in the night, Keeping your nails short can help prevent skin damage. If you find you scratch in your sleep, consider wearing thin cotton gloves to bed.

Is eczema making your life miserable every winter? Contact our office at 972-435-0338, or use our booking system to make an appointment online. 

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