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Eczema in the Fall

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that causes inflammation, redness, and irritation. It can affect people of all ages, but it commonly begins in childhood. Common eczema triggers include allergies, weather changes, and stress.

The fall season can be a challenging time for people with eczema. The cold, dry air can irritate the skin, and the temperature change can trigger flare-ups. Here are some tips for managing eczema in the fall:

  • Use a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air.
  • Take a warm bath or shower with a mild soap. Avoid using harsh detergents on your clothes and bedding.
  • Apply a thick moisturizer throughout the day, especially after bathing or showering.
  • Avoid scratching your skin, even if it is very itchy, which can worsen the rash and lead to infection.
  • If your eczema is severe, you may need to see a dermatologist for prescription medication.

Here are some additional considerations for managing eczema in the fall in the Chicago area:

  • The changing weather can also trigger allergies, which can make eczema worse. Manage your allergies by avoiding allergens, taking allergy medication, and using a humidifier.
  • The cold air can also dry out your skin, so be diligent about moisturizing.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin from the cold air outside.
  • If you have eczema on your hands, wear gloves when washing dishes or doing other activities that can irritate your skin.

The best way to manage itchy skin is by preventing it from happening. If the preventative measures fail, here are ten tips from the National Eczema Association on managing itchy skin:

If you have any questions or concerns about managing eczema in the fall, please schedule an appointment with a dermatologist at SkinMD. We can help you develop a personalized treatment plan to keep your eczema under control.

Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:

National Eczema Association:

American Academy of Dermatology:


The information on this website is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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