Do you feel like your skin is always itchier in the winter? If you enjoy long, hot showers but find yourself uncomfortably itchy after, eczema might be the cause.
Why Your Skin Becomes So Itchy After Showering.
There are several skin conditions and reasons for itchy skin. Medical News Today offers several common causes, including eczema. Usually, the itchiness is only temporary and not a cause for concern.
It is common to take hotter-than-normal showers, especially in the winter when you are cold. Did you know, however, that the hot water from showering can strip away your skin’s natural barrier of oils? This is one cause of dry skin.
The type of soap or body wash you use can also trigger dry skin. Often, simply applying body lotion or cream resolves dry skin and itchiness, but sometimes the culprit is more serious.
Eczema Could Be Causing Your Dry Skin and Itching.
Your dermatologist is your best source of information for your particular skin needs. At Park Avenue Dermatology, we specialize in evaluating and offering treatments so call us for an appointment.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition involving the immune system, much like hay fever or asthma. Skin can be very itchy with eczema, but it often also becomes red and chapped. It may become scaly or cracked.
Eczema is sometimes triggered by products containing alcohol or fragrances. Extreme temperature changes such as a hot, steamy shower can also make eczema worse.
How to Soothe Eczema (and Dry Skin).
Many at-home treatments for eczema also take care of dry skin. Avoid the temptation to scratch. Keeping nails short helps prevent scratching and making the irritation worse.
Use a gentle soap to wash or bathe. The water temperature should not be extremely hot. Lukewarm is best.
When you get out of the shower, gently pat dry with a cotton towel. Apply moisturizer to your body immediately after showering. Select moisturizers without alcohol or fragrances.
Avoiding scratchy garments made of synthetic materials can help you feel less itchy. Cotton and clothing with natural fibers that breathe are best for eczema sufferers.
If you are suffering from eczema, contact Park Avenue Dermatology so a dermatologist can evaluate your skin rash. If it is eczema, an over-the-counter corticosteroid ointment or cream may be recommended.
Itchy skin after showering is a common complaint, especially in winter when the skin tends to be extra dry. However, if you have an itchy, scaly, oozy rash, you may have eczema which, although not contagious, does require care. Contact your dermatologist for treatment options.