Winter Skin Irritations: What’s That Itch?

Your dry, itchy skin is likely caused by one of these 6 irritants. Here’s how to fix it
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Winter Skin Irritation #3: Eczema

If you develop round, reddish, slightly dry and flaky patches on your skin, it could be eczema, Bank says. Eczema is basically skin so dry it's sensitive to almost anything.

The fix: Take warm (not hot) baths and showers, use gentle cleansers and moisturize skin while still damp. If the air in your home is dry, use a humidifier, Peña-Robichaux suggests. An over-the-counter one-percent hydrocortisone cream also may help, adds Bank. If not, your dermatologist may prescribe medication that will.

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