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Protecting My Eczema During The Winter Months

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It’s December and the climate is making way for cooler temperatures. My summer clothes and light jackets are slowly being replaced by warm, comfy sweaters and big coats. On one hand, I love the winter because that means the holidays are near and I will be spending more time with my loved ones. I also enjoy this season because it allows me to protect and cover my eczema. Coats help me to protect my eczema from triggers like dry air. Not to mention, I can wear outfits that actually match the season. (Wearing long sleeve shirts and pants to cover my eczema in 90-degree weather doesn’t really match up).

Unlike me, my eczema is not too big a fan of the winter time. The coldness tends to create chaos and unexpected, uncontrollable flares. From drier skin, to moisturizing more often, to spending money on creams and oils to keep up with the dryness, winter can make my eczema feel worse.

As the seasons begin to change, so does our skin, and what we wear, eat, and do. Although I can’t control the seasons, I can be proactive and take steps to better manage my eczema so that it’s less likely to be affected by the changing weather. With over 26 years of living with eczema, here are some tips I have gathered to support you in handling your eczema during these cooler months.

1) Hydrate More

With less humidity in the air, our skin tends to evaporate more moisture than normal. First, focus on hydrating from the inside out with plenty of water, soups, smoothies, herbal teas and anything that soothes you. Then, lock in the moisture from the outside with a suitable emollient on the skin that is free of additives.

2) Eat Healthy

During the winter months, we tend to crave comfort foods (or at least I do). This includes eating fresh-out-of-the-oven pizzas, cookies, pies, ice cream…you name it! Be sure to stay consistent with a healthy diet plan that will not trigger your body and eczema.

3) Use Certain Fabrics

Cold weather calls for warm clothes. Apparel that is too warm, tight, rough and heavy can make you sweat and cause a flare-up. Fabrics such as wool can increase itchiness and discomfort. Find and wear materials that will keep you warm in the winter without causing irritation and wear looser items that will not rub against your skin.

4) Wash/Clean Frequently

The cooler temperature means staying indoors and avoiding the cold. While spending time inside means you’ll be staying warm, it also means you’ll be hanging out with dust mites. With heaters running and bulky bedding, dust tends to creep its way into our spaces without permission. Wash your bedding more often in hot water and vacuum more frequently to decrease the collection of dust. Make sure to look for non-irritating cleaning products. Year after year, these are the tools that have supported me in managing my eczema. As I visit my family back home on the east coast for the holidays, I’ll be sure to use these tips as a reminder when facing the cold winter nights. I have never felt better prepared to handle the seasonal changes this year. Bring it on!

Fun Fact: In the tri-state area, people will often say it is “brick” cold outside to show that it’s really, really, REALLY cold outside.

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