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Reducing an Itch of Winter Eczema

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Get control of your winter eczema symptoms with simple strategies.

eczemaA dry air and harsh temperature of winter make many of us feel uncomfortable. Dry skin, red rashes and itching sensation can disturb the everyday routine of many. As cold air takes out skin moisture, easily flare-ups eczematous rash. However, there are few ways which when applied in daily routine help to get control over eczematous symptoms.

Eczema, medically termed as dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by dry and itchy rashes. In severe cases, blister formation takes place with weeping, crusting and bleeding. Condition varies from person to person and exists in different forms and affects different parts of a body. Though it can affects people of all age groups but commonly seen in children.

Causes

Our skin is an effective barrier to protect from damage and infection. Barrier function of skin cells is attributed to presence of fat and oil within skin cells. As per National Eczema Society, eczematous skin is unable to produce enough fats and oils and incapable to retain water. This makes skin dry, easily damaged and opens up gaps between skin cells favoring easier entry of bacteria and irritants.

People with eczema usually have a family history of condition or other allergies. Triggers for eczema are environmental irritant or allergens such as soap, perfumes, chemicals, food allergy, stress and change in temperature

Eczema can exist in different forms, but the most common one is atopic dermatitis. Hear skin lesions of eczema are associated with other allergic diseases.

How to differentiate from Psoriasis

Both eczema and psoriasis are skin condition characterized by inflamed skin. Hence, correct diagnosis is important for treatment point of view to achieve good results.

As per National Psoriasis Foundation, lesions of psoriasis are deeper red, thicker, have a sharper border with silvery scale. On the other hand, eczematous lesions are thinner, diffuse appearing as small blisters and associated with sensitive skin.

Additionally, eczema is most common in childhood whereas psoriasis is a disease of adult.

Strategies for reducing eczema symptoms

As skin dryness is the main culprit for eczema symptoms, chief focus while dealing with eczema is increasing skin hydration.

  • Bath everyday

Take a short and warm bath everyday to keep a skin surface clean. Avoid hot water as well as over bathing as it dry out your skin easily. Use mild soap or gentle cleanser that doesn’t let your skin dry out.

  • Moisturize everyday

Moisturizer maintains the skin hydration and prevents from cracking. Regular use of moisturizer makes skin soft and supple. Choose a moisturizer in form of creams or ointments instead of lotions. It is always good to apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing when water already present in the skin gets sealed. Avoid moisturizer with fragrances that can make skin drier.

  • Topical corticosteroid

Anti-inflammatory action of corticosteroid reduces inflammation and control itchiness and soreness of skin. Depending on severity, your doctor may advise you specific steroidal preparation.

  • Antihistamines

Oral antihistamines reduce itching sensation and help to relieve a problem.

If all the above measures fail to resolve the symptoms of eczema, your doctor may advise you corticosteroid, ultraviolet light therapy, immunosuppressant and immunomodulator therapy to get control over eczema.

  • Self-care

Person can reduce eczema severity with good self-care.

  • Keep your skin clean and hygienic
  • Avoid irritants and extreme temperature
  • Avoid skin scrubbing as it can worsen the inflammation
  • Cut your fingernails regularly in order to stop skin scratching
  • Choose loose fitting, comfortable cotton fabrics and avoid irritation causing woolen ones
  • Wash your laundry in mild detergent devoid of fragrance or dyes
  • As stress can exacerbate eczema, reduce your stress with regular exercise or meditation.

Treatment with Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy system of medicine is known for its remarkable beneficial treatment in various forms of skin disorders including eczema and psoriasis. It also takes care of various allergies and asthma that can be associated with eczema. Thousands of patients suffering from eczema and other skin diseases had achieved great relief through homoeopathy.

Online Homoeopathic Consultation at Setu Health Care

Sources

1. http://www.eczema.org/what-is-eczema

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