How to keep warm when you have eczema during the colder months without overheating and having flare-ups

During the cold weather, our bodies can be more prone to sickness and illnesses. The same can be said about the skin.  Our skin can change from one season to another, this may mean that our skin can be glowing and retain moisture but on the flip side this could mean dryness, cracked, irritated skin and constant flare-ups.

What is a flare-up?

A flare-up is when your immune system reacts to something foreign to the body, this can cause your skin to be extra sensitive and cause patches (eczema) in the skin which become dry, irritated and sore.  In some cases, it can become so itchy that you start to scratch the affected area.

I usually have flare-ups during the autumn time (September-October) due to the change of weather this is known as Allergic Conjunctivitis, which causes my eyes to become irritated and the eyelids are swollen. I usually take eye drops which help to relieve the symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis.

What we eat can have an adverse effect on our skin but also what we use to keep ourselves warm during the colder months.

Look at any possible triggers for eczema and try your best to avoid them eg. fabrics like polyester and wool are known irritants for people with eczema. Find out about the possible triggers for eczema.

When the weather is cold outside, inside the house can tend to feel cold and the natural thing to do would be to put on the central heating to warm up.  Although this will warm up the house this can lead to your skin becoming dry.  If you’re cold it may be advisable to first find something warm, to put on (extra layers), have a hot drink and if you’re still feeling cold to put the heating on, long enough to heat the room up and for you to feel warm.

TIP: Never have the central heating turned up high as this can dry out the air leaving your skin dry and itchy. It’s a good idea to also never leave the heating on overnight as this can also dry out your skin leaving you feeling dehydrated but also cause you to start itching your skin.

Solutions:

  • A possible solution would be to place bowls of water around the house
  • Using a humidifier may also help as it keeps the air moist which is suitable for people with eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions
  • An Air Purifier may be suitable for some people with allergies or eczema.

DON’T FORGET: If it’s too humid in the house this can result in an increased risk of dust and mould which can cause flare-ups.

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Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the Founder of Icylda Skincare on 21st  September 2020.

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