As we head into the winter months, people who suffer from eczema are no doubt bracing themselves for that familiar winter itch. Why does eczema get worse in the winter? Here’s a quick explanation.
The drop in temperature and humidity can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. Imagine this: Your home’s central heating generates dry heat, and then you spend the season going from a warm home to a cold outdoors. People with eczema don’t have as strong of a barrier against the elements, so all of this change can trigger symptoms.
Try to keep your home environment comfortable. Keeping thermostats set low and wearing fewer bedclothes, to prevent night sweating, are two ways to combat the problem.
Unfortunately, humidifiers do not help much; the best protection against “winter itch” is regular application of a good moisturizer, says the National Eczema Association.
And remember, applying a high-potency corticosteroid too often, or for a long period of time, can cause the skin to eventually thin. So even though it may appear as if a steroid is helping heal your child’s eczema, it should not be a long-term solution.
For an alternative, apply a naturally-based eczema relief cream like California Baby’s Therapeutic Relief Eczema Cream, which contains aloe vera and Certified Organic Colloidal Oatmeal, which has been shown to be an extremely effective in soothing chapped or cracked skin. It’s free of mineral and petroleum-based ingredients, synthetic fragrances and dyes.