The skin becomes dry in winters which may cause rashes problem for some people. In winter’s time, people often forget about drinking water. This is essential for hydration and will keep skin moist. Water is being used in large volume in summers; people take a bottle of water with them for sports, outdoor activities and walking but in winters the use of water considerably decreased. Your skin can become dry when you take bath or shower during winter season, be sure to use a good moisturizer to keep your skin soft and smooth. Eczema can be more common during the winter. Pat your skin, don’t rub it. When you rub it you may be removing essential oils, so you need to use a non-soap cleanser.
Symptoms of Winter Rashes
A winter rash may include any of the following symptoms:
The rash may impact a single area of your body, often your arms, legs or hands. In other cases, it may be widespread on your body.
Possible Causes of a Winter Rash
The outer layer of skin contains natural oil and dead skin cells that helps the skin to hold water inside and hence keep the skin moisturized, soft and smooth. The condition of skin can be affected due to bitter cold temperature. Low humidity, cold air and high winds take off the required moisture from skin and the harsh conditions cause your skin to lose its natural oil and eventually escape moisture and make your skin dry. Then it potentially may cause winter rash. The following conditions have potential impact to cause a winter rash:
- A bacterial infection
- Skin conditions such as eczema or Psoriasis
- Sensitivity to deodorizing soaps, antibacterial soaps chemical or detergents
- A viral infection
- A latex allergy
- Sun Burn (ultraviolet (UV) rays)
Diagnose winter rash
It is difficult to diagnose a skin rash because it can vary from person to person and it can be the result of various sources that make it challenging to diagnose the problem in better way. It is very important to diagnose the actual factors behind skin rashes for better treatment and remedies. Some of the factors are:
- Allergens Drugs
- The Skin Itself
Treating a Winter Rash
- Increase the thickness of your moisturizers
- Use petroleum jelly
- You can use more one moisturizers at a time (Start with the product more water-based then apply the next)
- Use natural Oils Such as coconut and olive oil to sooth and replenish moisture on your skin
- Another popular remedy is vegetable shortening especially for dry skin because its solid oil content helps restore moisture.
- Try slathering it on after bathing or before bed
- Bath with milk for a soothing skin (Dip the cloth into milk and then apply it on the affected area)
- Use Oatmeal soap to sooth your skin
- Use Topical cortisone creams that can help to reduce your skin’s itching, redness and inflammation.
Note: Contact your doctor if you find severe symptoms such as bleeding, extra rashes etc.