Winter weather not the only cause of dry, red skin

Tips for preventing eczema outbreaks during the winter months.

Cold weather can bring dry, red and itchy skin. But these symptoms could also signal other problems, including allergic conditions such as eczema, reminds the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

Eczema is characterized by skin that is oozing or very dry. Children with the condition often have an allergic rash on their faces, elbows and knees.

In some cases, eczema may be a sign of other allergic conditions, including food allergies and asthma. People with eczema should see a doctor if their symptoms get worse after eating or if breathing problems (such as wheezing) occur during an eczema outbreak.

The AAAAI offers these tips for preventing eczema outbreaks:

  • Avoid items that cause symptoms. Possible triggers include food, animal dander and dust mites. A doctor can help people determine what causes their symptoms.
  • Take cool showers.
  • Use moisturizer often.
  • When possible, avoid becoming overheated or sweating.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Avoid scratchy material.
  • Try not to scratch or rub the rash. This could cause it to spread.
For more information, visit the AAAAI website at

Reviewed 5/19/2021

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