There's skin that gets a bit itchy and uncomfortable come winter. And then there's a red, itchy, blistered-skin condition official enough to have a Latin name: atopic dermatitis, aka eczema. Estimated to affect around 35 million Americans, eczema is no joke. While it can certainly vary in terms of severity and be fairly mild for some folks, others struggle with stubborn and persistently dry, itchy, red skin that's ultra-sensitive and easily irritated.
As far as flare-ups are concerned, there are many factors that can exacerbate eczema or trigger an adverse reaction — for instance, sweat, alcohol, spicy foods, fragrance, and harsh fabrics are all prime examples. That being said, there are a variety of ways to manage eczema and keep flare-ups at a minimum. If your skin is flaring up, check out dermatologists' top tips for calming things down.
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