Cold Weather May Cause Eczema Symptoms to Worsen

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It’s predicted to be a colder-than-usual winter, and experts are cautioning people with eczema to prepare their skin for the worst.

Analysts, meteorologists, and even the Farmer’s Almanac are in agreement that the winter of 2014/2015 is going to be a doozy (that’s a technical term), with long and intense cold spells.


Some people experience eczema flare-ups because of allergies, but cold weather tends to make eczema more difficult to handle — especially if you already have dry skin.

Every time you move between the frigid outdoors and the warm, dry heat of the indoors, your skin barrier needs to regulate its temperature — and it’s a shock to the system. Icy blasts of wind can damage your skin and cause your natural barriers to break down.

Eczema symptoms can include intense itching, dry skin, scaling, inflammation and reddening of the skin, and even broken skin. More than 15 million Americans suffer from eczema, including 10 per cent of babies and children.

Unlike other skin conditions, like psoriasis, anyone can develop eczema — and some people may experience it only during the colder months.

If your child has eczema, here are a few of our tips for getting through the colder months:

H/T to Web MD

Heather Laura Clarke, a contributing writer at Scratch or Sniff, lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her high-school sweetheart husband, seven-year-old son, and five-year-old daughter. She writes for newspapers and magazines across Canada and the U.S., and blogs about her family life at Heather's Handmade Life. Follow her adventures on Twitter or Instagram.

2 Comments to Cold Weather May Cause Eczema Symptoms to Worsen

  1. emily

    Great post laura. My daughter has always had terrible eczema since she was born.It reached its peak when she was in prep, and that was 4 years ago. Although I only followed it 75%, my daughter’s eczema went away completely after 6 months. It was ourlast resort & I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Here is the article talking about it:

  2. Claire

    I had an eczema outbreak on my neck when the weather got colder. Using foderma serum day and night for a week took care of the problem.

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