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For many people, the winter time brings itchy skin, often referred to as Winter Itch. It may or may not come with a rash – small, low-grade bumps. But the most obvious symptom is the itchiness.
The biggest cause of winter itch is dry skin. Less humidity in the air and cold temperatures certainly contribute to dry skin but many of us add to the problem with long hot showers or baths. Hot water strips your skin of essential oils, drying out the outer layer of the skin and with it, decreasing the moisture in the lower layers of the skin. Soap and other chemicals can also add to the dryness.
To help soothe dry, winter skin:
Cut showers down to a maximum of 10 minutes and don’t take more than one shower every 24 hours.
Lower the temperature of your shower or bath. While hot water is more relaxing, it also dries out your skin.
Use moisturizing shower products and use fragrance and dye free mild soaps.
When done your shower, pat dry and liberally apply moisturiz...
Seasonal allergy sufferers are still enjoying the absence of outdoor allergy triggers as the days of winter come and go. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided severe colds, sinus infection and flu symptoms up to now, the outlook is good. On the other hand, those who are sensitive to indoor allergy triggers have not experienced as much of a decrease in allergy symptoms .
Furthermore, people with chronic skin conditions such as eczema or xerosis (dry skin) often have more problems during the winter months.
Atopic dermatitis is an allergic form of eczema that may be worsened by dry skin. You can learn more about allergic and non-allergic eczema by clicking here: Eczema .
Xerosis is a condition that involves excessively dry skin and may occur in allergic or non-allergic settings. People of all ages, both genders and many ethnic groups suffer from this problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of xerosis?
The skin appears dull, rough and scaly. Sometimes t...
Finally summer, warmer weather and longer days are here. It’s nice to have cough, cold and flu seasons (winter and early spring) behind us, but one group of infectious viruses actually thrive during the summer to early fall months. Yes, the dreaded summer cold is waiting to spoil a week and a half of summer for 10-15 million Americans this year.
Summer colds tend to be more intense than common colds of winter. The symptoms can also linger for several days sometimes making you think you have hay fever, but you don’t .
What’s the difference between a Summer Cold and Common Cold?
Summer colds are often caused by a family of viruses called enteroviruses. These are small infectious particles that unlike common cold viruses (rhinovirus, coronavirus and picornavirus) have a preference for warmer weather . Runny nose, nasal congestion and postnasal drainage are complaints associated with both summer and winter colds. But enteroviruses may cause more complicated ...
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