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    How does weather affect eczema?

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    Prof. Samuel Zagarella

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    A/Professor Samuel Zagarella graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine in 1984. He obtained his specialist Dermatologist qualification and became Fellow ... View Profile

    In general, eczema flares in winter with the dryness of the skin. However, the effect is variable, and some people flare in summer due to increased heat and sweating.

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    Dr Alexander Lozynsky

    Allergy Specialist & Immunologist

    Consultant allergist and immunologist, with particular interest in allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, allergic respiratory disorders, food allergies and sensitivity and allergic skin conditions, including atopic ... View Profile

    As excessive dryness of the skin and an abnormal skin barrier are major factors in eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, this condtion is generally worse in a cold and dry environment. However, if a person with eczema has allergies to environmental allergens, such as house dust mite, specifically their fecal particles to which susceptible people become sensitised, then increased exposure to these in bedding, clothing, soft furnishings and carpet will likely aggravate this.
    So, spending more time indoors and wearing more clothing, including woollen garments, would tend to expose the skin to more of the dust mite antigen in winter and increase the inflammation that accounts for the symptoms experienced by eczema sufferers. However, if a person with eczema is allergic to grass and other pollens, then it is likely that their skin condition will become worse during the spring and summer months.

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