If you're living with eczema and you live somewhere that sees harsh winters, it's normal to be worried about managing your condition. If you're not sure how to effectively keep your dermatitis/eczema under control during the winter months, here are a few tips to help you do so.
As if the dry skin rash from your eczema wasn't bad enough, even the air has trouble holding moisture during the cold winter months. And not just outside, either! In fact, the air inside your home can be just as dry as a result of forced air heating. Fortunately, there's a simple fix to make sure you have more moisture in the air in your home. Invest in a humidifier! Placing humidifiers in rooms where you spend the most time can make a big difference when it comes to mitigating your eczema symptoms at home. By adding moisture back to the air, you're making sure that your skin doesn't have to work as hard to keep moisture locked in. This investment can be especially helpful in your bedroom at night -- dry air can make it more difficult to sleep well, too.
Even if you have a rigorous eczema treatment plan, it's on you to do your part to mitigate your symptoms at home. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to do that starts with your daily shower. While skipping scalding hot showers is certainly helpful in avoiding eczema symptoms during the winter, keeping your showers short is another excellent way to manage your condition during the winter months. As part of the eczema treatment plan your dermatologist devises, you need to do your part to prevent eczema flare ups at home. Keeping your showers shorter and cooler might seem like a big sacrifice at first, but it's well worth it when you're keeping your skin healthy and free of severe eczema flare ups this winter. A long, hot shower might be a great way to relax, but staying in for too long is going to strip your skin of its natural oils. As a result, your eczema will likely flare up due to a lack of moisture in your skin. It's a simple change, but often a necessary one to care for your skin during the winter.
There are a number of over-the-counter eczema creams you can purchase at your local pharmacy, but at the end of the day a prescription eczema cream might be your best bet when it comes to fighting your winter symptoms. If you're worried that your normal cream isn't going to help with your eczema rash, it's a good idea to talk with your dermatologist about the possibility of prescription topical treatments. Together, you might decide that a topical corticosteroid cream is going to be the most helpful for your skin during the winter months. In most cases, you'll likely only need a product this strong when the air is cold and dry. Fortunately, it's quite common to change up your skincare routine as the seasons change. And when eczema is part of the picture, it's likely going to be necessary to keep your condition under control.
Dealing with winter eczema flare ups can certainly be a challenge. If you have questions or concerns about your skin condition and mitigating symptoms, let our team at North Pacific Dermatology help you find the right eczema treatment.