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Tell Me About Treating Eczema During a Winter Flare-Up

When your aging relative is diagnosed with eczema, it takes a lot of work to properly manage their symptoms. This irritating skin condition that manifest as itchy, scaly patches are usually present all year long but many seniors experience winter flare-ups, where the symptoms worsen.

During the cold winter months, it’s even more important for family caregivers and elder care providers to stick to a skin care regimen that prevents flare-ups and effectively treats existing eczema.

What Triggers Winter Flare-Ups of Eczema?

You’ve probably learned by now that an eczema flare-up in seniors is subject to even the smallest trigger. Winter weather and the extreme temperatures are the top cause of why it’s hard for aging adults to find comfort during a flare-up. The hot and cold temperatures paired with dry air are extremely hard on an aging person’s skin and strips what little moisture there is away. This causes the eczema to flare up and spread.

Other winter factors that contribute to flare-ups of eczema include hot baths and showers, cold wind on bare skin, itchy fabrics such as wool, and dehydration. While the aging adult should continue to apply the medicated cream that the doctor prescribed for eczema, they may need more help from you and their elder care provider to avoid triggers and reduce the effects of their eczema symptoms.

How Family Caregivers Help Seniors Prevent Winter Flare-Ups

Keeping winter flare-ups of eczema to a minimum means careful attention to skin care. Family caregivers and elder care providers must apply a good moisturizer to the senior’s skin once or twice per day to keep it supple. They may choose to operate a humidifier in the home to keep some moisture in the air, Seniors should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and family caregivers and elder care providers may want to run humidifiers in select rooms of the home.

During the winter months, it’s tempting for seniors to dress in thick fabrics and itchy winter sweaters. Instead, family caregivers and elder care providers should choose light and soft materials, while still staying warm. Covering up to go outside is also important, and elderly adults should never be without a hat, scarf, gloves and a coat in winter weather. Basically, any winter activity that might stress the skin and dry it out should be avoided for maximum symptom control.

It’s no secret that aging adults are highly susceptible to winter flare-ups of eczema. However, family caregivers and elder care providers can do a lot to ensure that the aging adult stands the best chance of treating the symptoms of a winter flare-up of eczema.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Farmington, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.


Dina Zubi Hurnevich

Director and Co-Owner at Alliance Senior Care
Dina is the Director and co-owner of Alliance Senior Care, which provides care for seniors in their own home so that they may age in place serving Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties since 2009. Dina is also a Care Manager Certified (CMC) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

Alliance Senior Care provides all the services that a senior would need to remain in their own home, housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, bathing, dressing, shopping, errands and transportation to activities, as well as care coordination and Geriatric Care Management Services. Alliance Senior Care has expertise in providing dementia care, Alzheimer's care, hospice care, identifying alternative financing solutions and care coordination. Alliance Senior Care has developed relationships with the largest Long Term Care Insurance companies in the industry including; John Hancock, Lincoln Financial, Bankers Life, CNA and others. Dina has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. She left her career in corporate Finance to start Alliance Senior Care with her husband, Brian. Dina has also had the very personal experience of caring for her own family members. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association.