Dermatologists are loud and proud in the summer time down here. Our messages typically involve reminding you to wear sunblock and limit your UV exposure, seeking our counsel for excessive sweat glands, or visiting us for cosmetic procedures before starting your summer vacation. However, we have experienced some severely cold weather in Hattiesburg and the surrounding areas this year. When you think of skin conditions worsening with the weather conditions down here in south Mississippi you don’t often think of how the cold weather can affect your skin, especially when you have a pre-existing skin disease. We don’t often discuss how cold weather changes the way you treat or manage certain skin conditions, because the heat is what we primarily deal with in this area, but it does in fact make a significant difference in augmenting the severity of certain skin conditions. Considering this harsh cold weather we have experienced as of late we thought it important to discuss such skin conditions.
We see a number of conditions that flare-up during the winter, but the ones we see augmented the most are eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. With that, these three conditions will be the ones discussed in this blog.
Rosacea is a skin condition that has a myriad of triggers that can cause it to flare-up regardless of the temperature of your environment. We have previously written blogs that discuss ways to manage many of the more common triggers for rosacea, however, in this one we will only discuss how the cold weather is an offender. For individuals with rosacea, during the winter they almost experience a double whammy when it comes to flare-ups. Not only is the cold weather acting as a catalyst for your condition, the dry heat indoors can further irritate your condition. So how can you best manage your rosacea in this cold weather?
Eczema is another condition that can become infuriating during the winter time. Like rosacea, eczema is effected twofold in that the cold weather and the indoor heat dries the eczema out. Eczema has many triggers that can cause it to flare, but there are certain steps that you can take to minimize the discomfort experienced during the winter months.
Psoriasis is another condition that we will see flare up during the winter months. Psoriasis flares, like eczema, can be infuriating to deal with. Most individuals with psoriasis dread winter months for this very reason, and most individuals find that their ability to manage their disease diminishes significantly during the winter. This is as true for Hattiesburg, Mississippi and surrounding areas as it is for individuals who have psoriasis in colder areas of the country. The good news, is there are ways to help alleviate the discomfort you experience when it is cold outside. Below are a few ways you can reduce the risk of flares in wintertime.
If you or a loved one have any of the above-mentioned conditions, you know how dreadful winter months can be. Hopefully the management tips I provided will help you prevent the usual flare-ups experienced with cold weather. If you have one of these skin conditions, your best strategy is to avoid conditions that will trigger symptoms. Try to keep your skin warm and moisturized, and avoid exposing it to extreme temperature changes whenever possible. Even if you are familiar with treating or managing your skin condition and you are accustomed to avoiding weather conditions that intensify the disease, don’t be afraid to seek help from one of our providers at Pine Belt Dermatology. Winter adds an extra level of complexity to managing skin conditions and my colleagues and I can help you come up with a strategy to better manage your condition and reduce your risk of developing flare-ups in this Mississippi winter.
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