Prevent Fall Skin Problems Iqaluit NU
Medicine Hat, AB
Prevent Fall Skin Problems
(NC)-As we head into the changing season, many Canadians may begin experiencing dry, itchy, and red skin. With yo-yoing temperatures common this year, recent statistics show that hot and cold extremes are a major trigger of the dry, itchy, red skin often associated with eczema. And, these symptom flare-ups are bound to get even worse as we turn on our heaters to deal with the upcoming colder, dryer air. Here are some basic tips to manage symptoms this fall and winter:
1. Know the triggers: There are a number of internal and external triggers that cause eczema symptoms to flare-up. Common ones to avoid are:
v4Environmental allergens like dust and pet dander
v4Food allergens such as nuts or dairy
v4Irritants like latex or clothes made with synthetic fibres
v4Extremes in temperature, either hot or cold
v4Elevated stress levels
2. Resist the urge to scratch: With an itch, our first impulse is to scratch. Despite the short-term relief, scratching can actually intensify and spread the itch, starting a vigorous itch-scratch cycle.
3. Avoid the triggers: There are many simple steps you can take to help avoid the triggers that bring-on eczema flare-ups:
v4Switch to a mild laundry detergent for clothes and bed sheets
v4Wearing 100% cotton clothing
v4Remove food allergens from the diet
v4Bathe in cool or tepid water with gentle soap
v4Use moisturisers immediately after bathing to keep moisture locked in
4. Practice good skin health management: To reduce irritants and restore the moisture barrier, look for mild cleansers and moisturizers, such as Spectro EczemaCare body wash and moisturizing cream, which are key to good skin health. If you have flare-ups of dry, itchy, red skin in particular, look for a medicated cream to manage symptoms.
5. See your doctor: Getting properly diagnosed is the first step to overall good skin health.