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Winter Itch

With the weather turning worse these days, many people in the Northeast experience an eczema commonly referred to as “winter itch”. It is usually caused by environmental conditions both indoors and outdoors, and especially from dryness in the air. People who have had allergies or eczema in the past are more prone to being affected by this condition. If you think you are getting winter itch, start to address it by ensuring you are using mainly “sensitive skin” products (cleansers/laundry detergents) and moisturizing your skin well. A variety of over the counter anti-itch creams and baths can improve symptoms as well. Consider putting a humidifier in the house. If the problem still persists come in for an office visit; there are prescriptions remedies we can offer when simple home remedies are not effective.

Jeremy Moss, M.D. Ph.D. Dr. Jeremy Moss, a board certified dermatologist, is an associate professor of dermatology at Yale University and on the active medical staff at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

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