During the winter months, the cold dry air outdoors and heating indoors deplete the skin of its moisture, which for many, worsens their eczema. Here are some tips on how to control eczema flares and reduce the need for topical steroids:
- Use fragrance-free and additive-free products for all aspects of skin care. These can irritate the skin and worsen eczema.
- Frequently apply thick lotions or emollient moisturizers throughout the day. Emollient moisturizers are preferred because they create a barrier on the surface of the skin and prevent moisture loss. Moisturizers should be applied within 3 minutes of exiting the bath to seal in the moisture that was gained.
- Bath in lukewarm (NOT hot water) to prevent drying out the skin
- Place humidifiers in the home to restore moisture to the air. Remember to regularly clean humidifiers to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Aim to keep the humidity at 45-55%, anything above will aid in the growth of dust mites. If you are unable to afford a humidifier, a cheaper alternative is to place a bowl of water in each room which will increase humidity in the air.
- Avoid contact with fabrics that irritate the skin. Wool is a common fabric that causes people to scratch which increases itching. Check labels of clothing, hats, scarves, and gloves to ensure they are not made of wool.
- Avoid allergy triggers. Allergy testing in our office can help you identify your eczema trigger.
For more information about eczema management and to identify you allergy triggers please contact Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn (347) 564-3211 to schedule your appointment.