Generalized itching of the skin during the colder, winter months is commonly referred to as “winter itch”. This skin condition is caused by dry skin and is seen commonly in those with a history of eczema, allergies, and/or asthma. Because the humidity is low when temperatures drop, and because people use central heat to warm their homes during the cold months, dry skin conditions tend to worsen during winter. Dry skin is characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin. In winter, because moisture is lacking in the air from humidity the skin on the arms, hands, and lower legs can be severely affected by dry skin. At Medical Dermatology Specialists, Dr. Jamie Weisman is committed to providing patients with the highest level of care to treat the extreme dry skin condition known as winter itch.
Scratching dry skin can further irritate the skin condition. Because extremely dry skin is often incredibly itchy, “winter itch” can worsen and cause skin infections. For many people with winter itch, simple prevention and treatment measures are very effective in the treatment of dry skin. However, some people find that they need medical interventions in order to withstand the effects of winter itch. Topical steroid creams are often prescribed to patients whose winter itch is so severe and bothersome that it affects their daily lives.
If you suffer from the extreme side effects of winter itch, contact Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta to schedule an appointment. Dr. Weisman and her staff are committed to helping patients find relief from their mildest to most severe skin conditions. Dr. Jamie Weisman will show you what it means to have a doctor who is an advocate for your health, as she will stick with you until you have found a long term solution to relieve your winter itch.Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.