Have you ever thought about that itching sensation that increases periodically in winter? Do you think that it’s a simple allergy? If you think so, then you need to read this article:
Sometimes we develop allergies as a result of eating certain foods or upon exposure to some irritants but as the stimulant disappears the allergy disappears in a few days, this is called simple allergy. On the other hand, if you suffer from a chronic itching, redness that is preceded by dryness of your skin, and one or both of your parents have eczema then you shall put eczema in consideration.
Eczema and Psoriasis are skin diseases that makes your skin red, itchy and irritated. It can last for most of a person’s life, but it’s more common to be seen in children, your skin may start to fall off. or develop a rash, and skin ooze fluids (liquid will come out from the area). It is common on hands, neck, face and legs but it’s seen mostly on the backs of knees and elbows and mostly common during winter.
I personally figured out I had Eczema about 10 years ago and Psoriasis 5 years, I just thought I was the unluckiest person in the world that reacted to everything and anything, it was actually a friend that diagnosed me then the doctors also confirmed when I went.
Initially I didn’t have a skincare routine, just went for a prescription when I have a flare up and went back to my bad habits immediately it cleared up.
Winters were the worst, I’ll sit for 5 mins just scratching my scalp, back etc. I have the scars to prove it. My braids barely last a week, I only got my hair done if I was going out as it was costly me hundreds a month as I had to keep changing hairstyles.
Till one day I went to a new doctor and she sat me down, and her advice hit me, her words were do you really want to keep damaging your skin or find a solution to minimize the impact.
Unfortunately there is no cure for both, but there are ways to control how aggressive it gets.
Ways I control it
Prevention is better than cure, so you should know what triggers eczema and stimulates its symptoms. here are the stimulants that you shall quit:
- Makeup, soaps and cleansers that dry the skin, perfume, cigarette smoke, chemicals, dust and sand.
- You should also know that some diseases as cold, flu, bacterial infection or allergic reaction can trigger flares but it normally disappears when you relieve the illness.
- Eczema increases in winter as the skin naturally becomes dry, the oily secretions of skin ceases and moisture decreases in winter; as we mentioned above that this disease is characterized with dryness of skin then you shall be aware that, if your skin becomes dry you will be in a greater risk to develop flares and eczema.
- The main way to protect yourself from skin dryness is using moisturizers in the form of lotion, cream or ointment, using mild soap or cleansers that don’t irritate your skin, take short, warm showers; no longer than 10 to 15 minutes to protect your skin from dryness.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting, scratchy clothing and those made of irritating fibers as wool and mohair. So, it’s best to use 100% cotton clothes.
- Try to make a list of what foods cause allergies and aggravate itching, for example: fish, eggs, nuts, milk and some fruits; so that you can prevent their intake or try the elimination process to see what causes it. For me the culprit is milk, so I tend to stick with alternatives like Almond and Coconut milk.
- Try avoid scratching your skin by covering this area of skin with a dressing, cut your fingernails to avoid scratching you body during your sleep.
- If the case is severe you shall make a visit to the doctor, or the pharmacist to choose the best medication for your case; by treating you with topical creams that contain corticosteroids to stop inflammation and itching, or using anti-histamine drugs in the form of pills to treat the allergy and itching.
- Clean makeup accessories regularly
I recently got a prescription for a body cream with no parabens, perfume or anything, and it was my best decision ever which eased my symptoms.
I still use prescriptions on my scalp, but the good thing is one treatment gives me relief that can last for 6 to 12 months and that I’m happy with as I can now let my hair down without a bother.
Skincare is a billion dollar industry but it takes just the one product or ingredient to make impact that will last a lifetime. Choose wisely 🙂
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