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Educating Yourself About Eczema (Eczema)
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Educating Yourself About Eczema

Ronald Vender, MD, FRCPC

During the winter months, it is common for your eczema to become aggravated, causing cracks in the skin due to the cold and arid weather. With proper education, you can save a lot of stress and aggravation if you or your child suffers from eczema. Here are some tips to help keep your eczema under control.

  • Moisturize your skin daily. Your skin can become especially dry as the humidity goes down in the winter months, aggravating your eczema.
  • Consider visiting a dermatologist or an allergist for patch testing if you suspect that allergic contact may be causing or aggravating your eczema.
  • Avoid excessive outdoor activity, as the harsh weather conditions can take its toll on your skin.
  • Use mild soaps designed for sensitive skin. can provide you with more information about mild cleansing products.
  • Avoid common irritants for eczema, such as wool, harsh soaps, and detergents. Spot creams and alpha hydroxyl acids also tend to be irritants for atopic skin.
  • Let those around you know about your skin condition, and help educate those around you. Eczema is not contagious, and understanding can quell unnecessary fears.  If your child suffers from eczema:

If your child suffers from eczema:

  • Educate your child properly about eczema.
  • Pick up children's books that inform your child about eczema.
  • Have them let you know if their skin is itchy. Emphasize that scratching will only make the condition worse.
  • Participate in school activities, and raise awareness with your community. Eczema is extremely common, and chances are likely that one of your child’s friends also has eczema.


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