A recent study from Allergy UK has found that cold weather is the biggest eczema trigger, followed by dust mites and pets.
So how can eczema sufferers best manage their condition with the current onset of cold weather?
- Keep skin as moisturised as possible, using a rich but unscented emollient cream. A range of gentle products suitable for eczema sufferers is available here. Look for unscented products without harsh chemicals or additives to avoid any extra irritation. After a bath or shower, moisturise quickly to prevent moisture from leaving the body.
- A cool mist humidifier is ideal for keeping moisture in indoor air. Central heating can be very drying for eczema sufferers and a humidifier goes a long way towards restoring moisture in parched, itchy skin. It is also ideal for soothing sore throats caused by winter colds.
- Cotton gloves are ideal for use underneath winter gloves and mittens, to absorb any sweat and reduce irritation from wool and scratchy fabrics.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Keep showers and baths short, and avoid temperature extremes.
- Dust mites are a common eczema trigger, so try to reduce their numbers. You can do this by keeping rooms well ventilated where possible, using an air purifier to remove allergens, using an allergy spray around the house and choosing dust mite proof bedding.
Allergy UK’s Skin Symptoms Checker has been specifically created for Indoor Allergy Week, running until this Sunday October 26th. Click here to download the free tool.