Moisturize

The changing of the seasons can lead to dry skin and eczema flare ups. It is recommended to use moisturizer to combat itchiness and infection.

As seasons change so does your skin. Transitions in weather can lead to dry skin and eczema flare ups.

Lisa Dove, PNP, at Northwest Health Services, said that eczema, an inflammation of the skin, can flare up due to various reasons.

“Season changes do tend to cause flare ups. Allergies can also be a factor,” she said.

If dry skin goes untreated, it can lead to other issues.

“It can break open and it’s one of those things things where secondary infections can happen,” Dove said. “It can even break open and is one of those things where secondary infections can happen such as bacterial, viral or fungal.”

Itching can make dry skin worse and also put you at risk for infection. Dove recommends using medicine to avoid itching.

“Another thing that you can do is take an antihistamine such as Benadryl. Also, if you’re scratching a wound, it would lead to pain as well, which can lead to staph infections, so it’s best to not itch,” she said.

The best defense against dry skin is using a thick moisturizer and keeping your skin covered.

“You need to keep it mosturized almost with a barrier, something that is very thick,” Dove said. “Even as thick as Vaseline is usually a good thing to do multiple times a day. Aquaphor is a good thick cream, and so is Lubriderm. You also want to keep this area covered as well.”

For more information on how to protect your skin, go online to mayoclinic.org.

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