by Prime Health Partners on Female Health Checks
Eczema in Winter
Winter is a difficult time for those suffering with eczema. The cold weather and dry air can lead to a flare-up of symptoms, making the condition more uncomfortable and difficult to manage.
If you haven’t been diagnosed with Eczema but you’ve noticed your skin feeling itchy and dry, it may be worth paying a visit to the doctor to check your symptoms. While eczema is generally diagnosed in children, it can occur for the first time as an adult too.
Symptoms of a Flare-up
Symptoms can vary with all different forms of the condition, however there are certain signs that are common for all of them
- dry, scaly skin
- redness of skin
- open, cracked, or weeping sores
Prevent, Treat & Relieve Symptoms
With the right treatments and preventative measures, it is possible to keep your eczema under control during the winter months.
If you’re having difficulty managing your eczema during winter, there are several treatments that can provide relief from symptoms.
- Moisturise regularly, especially after bathing or showering, as well as using a soap substitute emollient during flare ups. Use a thick moisturiser, ointments may work better than creams. Creams containing hydrocortisone or stronger steroids can help to relieve a painful, itchy flare-ups. You should consult a doctor before using steroid creams.
- Wet wrap therapy can also help with severe Eczema symptoms. This treatment is carried out by a doctor or dermatologist and is available at Prime Health Partners. It involves applying a moisturising cream to the skin and covering it with a damp piece of cloth or bandage to lock in moisture and reduce itching.
- Avoid hot baths, instead take a warm bath with colloidal oatmeal or emollient soap substitute to soothe irritated skin.
- Avoid materials that irritate your skin. Wear breathable clothing such as cotton and avoid nylon and woolen materials. Of course, you will want to wrap up warm in winter, but it is important not to overheat.
- Drinking plenty of water will help to keep your skin hydrated too.
- Taking over-the-counter antihistamines can help reduce itching and discomfort.
Seek Medical Help
If you’re having persistent issues managing your eczema during winter, it’s important to speak with a doctor or dermatologist.
At Prime Health Partners we are experts in managing skin conditions. We can create an individualised treatment plan to best manage your symptoms during the cold weather and prescribe additional treatments including as topical corticosteroids.
With the right approach, you can keep your eczema under control and enjoy a comfortable winter season.