Eczema Bulletin, Issue #001 - Weather and Your Eczema
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This months Eczema Bulletin includes
- August's Featured Article – The Weather and Eczema
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 ways to.....
Featured Article - The Weather and Eczema
The weather the last couple of months here in the UK seems to constantly change, day to day. I find the colder weather more trying on my skin. For me its mainly because of the central heating being on. It dries out my skin a lot, and more emollient is needed.
Also because of the time of year we do have slightly warmer days. This causes other problems, especially at night. Those few degrees that the weather increases can cause sleepless nights and annoying skin irritation.
You can read more about seasonal eczema and how to reduce the effect that the weather has on your skin
Eczema News Article
Related to August's Article above, is this news report that was in an UK newspaper. It talks about research done relating to where people live in the UK and their risk of getting eczema.
Although it talks about the UK, the results can relate to any part of the world. The report makes some good points, though I do look forward to further research on the subject.
You can read the article here
Tip Of The Month
Eczema can be made worse when you come into contact with anything that you are allergic to. One of the common allergens is nickel. You would get a flare up on your stomach after wearing jeans or a metal belt buckle.
One thing that helps is to put a layer of clear nail varnish on the jean stud and any metal part of the belt, especially the buckle. No idea why it works, but it does. Good news for those of us with a nickel allergy.
You can read more about having a nickel allergy and the many uses of nickel in everyday life
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5 Ways To.......reduce the itch scratch cycle
1. Wrap an ice pack in a soft towel and put on the skin when the skin feels itchy. This helps if it is a small area. If it is a larger area, number 2 maybe more ideal
2. An oatmeal bath soak can help to ease an itch on larger areas. A simple way is to mix some whole oats with a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Put the mixture in a pair of tights, and tie the end. When you have run a bath, put the oatmeal tight in, and then you can soak in there for around 20 minutes
3. Keep your nails short. As short as you can get them. Even if you are good at refraining from scratching during the day, at night your hands may take on a life of their own! And that brings me onto number 4
4. Keep cool. Especially at night. When you get hot, the skin gets itchy, and even when asleep you still manage to scratch. Some ways that can help are, to keep a window open, turn off the bedroom radiators and use cotton bedclothes
5. Keep the skin moisturisered. Use an emollient frequently throughout your day. Always use after bathing and washing your hands. Also drink plenty of water to keep your body and skin hydrated.
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The September edition of Eczema Bulletin will include
- September's Featured Article – Good Reasons to Book a Late Holiday
- My favourite news item of the month
- Tip of the Month
- 5 ways to.....make your child's bedtime easier
Hope you enjoyed August's Eczema Bulletin, and thanks for reading