Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin disease. Symptoms include severe itching, dry and scaly skin patches and small raised bumps. These symptoms tend to get worse in the winter. Dry winter air combined with indoor heating systems can really dry out your skin and trigger an increase in eczema symptoms. Eczema may also be caused by skin irritants, infections, stress and exposure to certain allergens, such as dust or pet dander.
As temperatures drop, many people search for ways to treat eczema and deal with the dry, itchy skin and irritating rashes.
Use these natural home remedies to help you alleviate eczema flare-ups.
Taking oatmeal baths can be fun on cold winter days, and it may help to reduce itching and relieve your skin. It helps to fight drying by removing dead skin cells, so that your skin remains moisturized and prevents water loss.
-Draw a warm bath and sprinkle 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal into the water.
-Soak your body in this water for 15 minutes.
-Apply moisturizer such as almond oil to your wet skin to help seal the moisture into your skin.
-Enjoy this soothing bath once or twice a week.
Apple cider vinegar can be used inside or outside for eczema relief. It helps to balance the pH level of the skin. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can reduce eczema flare ups.
-Mix equal quantities of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water. Apply it to the area affected by eczema and allow it to air-dry. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water, pat dry your skin and apply a thick moisturizer. Do it twice daily.
Keeping your body hydrated from the inside helps keep your skin hydrated on the outside. This in turn helps to prevent eczema flare up during the winter months. Please drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Also, the rich water content of fruits and vegetables also helps to keep your body hydrated.