It is a well-known fact that diseases related to the skin and respiratory system become more common in winter. This is due to the fact that there is an increased preference to remain indoors in winter and also because the frequency of bathing reduces in some parts of the world where it may be too cold or where facilities to heat water may not be much developed. It can also be because there is an increase in the dryness of the texture of the skin in winter causing chapping, cracking and roughness.
Diseases such as psoriasis and urticaria also show a cyclical pattern and have a tendency to increase in the cold. To add to a load of skin diseases are the infectious variety such as ringworm and jock itch which also show an increased number of cases in winter from remaining covered for prolonged periods of time and also because the frequency of changing clothes also lowers.
Some of the methods that can be used to prevent Skin Diseases in Winter are as follows:
1. Stay Active
The most important tip for perhaps all seasons and all diseases would be to remain active but it is especially important in the case of skin diseases because staying active and making exercise a part of your routine will lead to sweating and heat being produced which will make the person more willing to bathe more frequently.
2. Take care of Hygiene
Although the temptation to repeat clothes in winter is strong, repeating the same clothes over long periods of time without them being washed will definitely lead to skin diseases from microbes being collected on them each time. Make sure you wash your clothes frequently and dry them well too.
3. Sit in the Sun
Not only is this very comforting in winter, heat and UV rays from the sunlight naturally prevent the infections on your skin from developing. In fact, clothes should also be dried in the sun even after being machine dried since it prevents any microbes from growing or remaining on them.
4. Bathe with Warm Water
It is commonly advised to patients suffering from skin diseases to both bathe and wash their clothes in warm water, possibly even adding a disinfectant such as Dettol to the water, to help in the healing of skin diseases. Make sure that the water is not too hot though since a lot of conditions such as temperature-sensitive urticaria are triggered by the sudden change in body temperature.
5. Use a Moisturiser
A moisturiser forms a protective shield on your skin and prevents it from being injured or dehydrated. This prevents the skin from getting chapped or broken which further prevents skin diseases.
6. Visit a Doctor
If the condition is severe or if you have a history of skin diseases that become activated in winter then it is advisable to visit a doctor beforehand and get tests and treatment done if needed. Many skin diseases can not be treated alone by methods of prevention and require medical help. People looking for Homeopathy medicine for skin diseases are increasing. Some of the homeopathic remedies for skin problems are:
- Arsenicum Album: It is a highly useful medicine for cases of hypersensitivity with increased sensitivity to cold as well. It is hence a useful remedy for cases of dermatitis, hyperpigmentation and excessive exfoliation of the skin.
- Rhus Toxicodendron: It is a useful remedy for allergic responses of the skin such as skin rashes and urticaria. It is especially helpful if the rashes have developed after getting wet in the rain. It is a good remedy for eczema, dermatitis and herpes. It is an excellent homeopathy medicine for skin rashes.
- Graphites: It is helpful in cases of flaky skin with excessive dryness. It is useful for cases of eczema and cracks and fissures in the skin. This drug is one of the frequently used remedies included in the homeopathic treatment for skin diseases.
- Natrum Muriatricum: It is a well-known remedy for both acne and ringworm. It can also be used for excessive dryness of the skin accompanied by extreme thirst and wasting of body tissues. It is also a good remedy for blisters and rashes.
- Thuja Occidentalis: This is a popular remedy for warts on the skin and other growths.
- Mezereum: This is a very good remedy for conditions such as crusta lactea and seborrhic dermatitis.