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Managing Eczema During Winter

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Winter brings with it the joy of cozy sweaters, steaming cups of cocoa, and picturesque snowfalls. However, for many, the colder months also usher in the unwelcome flare-up of eczema symptoms. At MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, we understand the challenges eczema sufferers face, especially during the winter. Let’s delve into some essential tips to help manage and alleviate eczema during these frosty months.

1. Embrace Moisturization

The cornerstone of eczema management is keeping the skin adequately hydrated. With the drop in humidity and the cold winds of winter, skin tends to dry out faster.

  • Choose the Right Moisturizer: Opt for ointment-based moisturizers as they are more effective than creams or lotions. Ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin can be particularly beneficial.
  • Apply Regularly: Apply moisturizer multiple times a day, especially after bathing or handwashing, to lock in moisture.

2. Modify Your Bathing Routine

While a long, hot shower might seem tempting during cold days, it can strip the skin of its natural oils, exacerbating eczema symptoms.

  • Limit Shower Time: Keep showers or baths short, ideally between 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Use Lukewarm Water: Hot water can be harsh on eczema-prone skin. Stick to lukewarm temperatures.
  • Gentle Cleansers: Use fragrance-free and soap-free cleansers, which are less likely to irritate the skin.

3. Humidify Your Home

Indoor heating systems can reduce indoor humidity levels, making the air dry. This can, in turn, dry out the skin.

  • Use a Humidifier: Invest in a good-quality humidifier to add moisture back into the air. This can help in maintaining optimal skin hydration.

4. Dress Smartly

Your choice of clothing can influence eczema flare-ups.

  • Soft Fabrics: Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton. Avoid wool and other scratchy materials that can irritate the skin.
  • Layer Up: Instead of a single heavy sweater, layer up with multiple light layers. This way, if you get too warm, you can easily remove a layer to prevent sweating, which can be a trigger for some.

5. Manage Stress

The winter season, with its holidays and festivities, can be stressful. Since stress can be a trigger for eczema flare-ups, finding ways to relax and manage stress can be beneficial.

  • Relaxation Techniques: Consider practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga.

6. Stay Connected with MJR Dermatology

It’s essential to stay in touch with your dermatologist, especially during winter when eczema can be more challenging to manage. Regular check-ups can ensure you’re on the right track with your skincare routine and medications.

Contact Our Eczema Experts Today!

While winter presents its set of challenges for eczema sufferers, with proactive care and attention, it’s entirely possible to enjoy the season with minimal discomfort. At MJR Dermatology, we’re committed to helping you navigate these colder months with ease. If your eczema symptoms seem unmanageable or if you’re looking for personalized advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Lawrenceville clinic. Your skin health is our priority.

Posted on behalf of Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC

2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

Phone: (678) 535-0067

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