After months of summer sweating and sunburn, there’s a lot to love about winter.
Cosy knits and long-line winter coats. Not having to shave your legs or paint your toenails. Nights in curled up on the couch with the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Then there’s eczema. And dry skin. Two things no-one in the history of the world has ever expressed love for.
If you’re someone who suffers from eczema, you’ll know it’s a frustrating skin condition that’s as stubborn as it is irritating.
Characterised by scaly, red rashes that won’t stop itching, managing eczema in the dry, cooler months can be tricky. Let us dive deeper and get some answers.
So what is eczema?
Eczema, also known atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis and allergic eczema, is a common skin condition that affects both adults, and one in five children under the age of two, according to Health Direct.
Think of it like an annoying cycle – if you have eczema, your skin struggles to retain moisture leaving it dry and easily irritated. So your body releases chemicals which worsen the irritation and give you the urge to scratch.
You scratch, which only makes things worse. And so the cycle continues.
Equally frustrating is that it’s not known exactly what causes eczema. We do however know it can run in families and be accompanied by other allergic conditions like hay fever and asthma.
Why do eczema and dry skin get worse in winter?
Someone who is very familiar with the plight of eczema sufferers is TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist and Health Program Developer Nicky Muscillo.