Eczema, a prevalent skin condition that usually affects children but can also affect adults, is known medically as Atopic Dermatitis (AD). The non-communicable chronic illness is common in the monsoon and winter months. Common signs of this condition include flaky, itchy, and dry skin, all of which can be uncomfortable. Following a healthy skincare routine is crucial as winter is quickly approaching because the symptoms may irritate your skin. A dermatologist has provided advice on how to manage AD during the winter.
In a conversation with Hindustan Times, Dr. Rashmi Sarkar, MD, Director Professor of Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), revealed that immune system disruption brought on by illnesses like the common cold causes AD to flare up in a non-specific fashion. A few lifestyle modifications can aid in preventing flare-ups. Additionally, she stated that anyone experiencing Eczema symptoms should see a skilled dermatologist.
She continued by emphasising that each person’s flare-up triggers are unique and that there may be a delay between the trigger and symptoms. Perspiration, fabrics (wool, polyester), pet dander, temperature fluctuations, and harsh soaps are examples of common triggers that the dermatologist can help detect.
She urged people with AD to keep their skin moisturised because the winters are so dry. Dr. Sarkar added, “Use a humidifier to keep the air in your bedroom moist while you sleep. Apply body lotion following a shower or bath.
She also offered the advice to wet the skin and take a warm bath while using a small bit of bath oil to help soothe the itching.
Dr. Sarkar also advised avoiding perfumes and colours, which are common eczema triggers, while choosing soaps, cleansers, and laundry detergents. She advised choosing soft, previously used clothing that is gentle on the skin for those with atopic dermatitis.
She advised the patient to refrain from wearing anything made of wool or a similar material if it irritates them. “To stay warm this winter, wear wool-free clothing or seek your dermatologist’s advise. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to prevent skin irritation, she advised.
To find out what is causing the skin irritation and to see how the patient’s skin responds to various products, Dr. Sarkar suggested seeing a dermatologist.