Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Hello Eczema, Our Old Enemy: Surviving Winter Eczema!

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Cold Weather Came Early This Year
November 1, 2014 Toronto, Ontario
As the cooler weather descends on us (with snow in Toronto on November 1st!), as a mother I try to forearm my family.  Because we are Canadian, we stock up on winter boots and mittens, scarves and hats, snowsuits and...cases of soup...so we don't have to venture out in the snow, ice and cold!  This year I also took inventory of the eczema remedies that we have on "hand", as it's our struggle to keep that beast at bay during the autumn and winter.  

I've written about winter eczema previously, which I welcome you to go back to read.
Cold Weather Eczema Has Already Started in Our Household
This year the eczema started in October for my daughter and son.  Eczema to us means red, raw, itchy and (eventually) painful skin.  If not kept in check, the skin will eventually crack and worse.  My daughter was very proactive last month, as soon as she saw small bumps forming on her wrist (which has been the tell-tale sign that the eczema is coming back).  She stared using the Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing Cream again twice daily: morning after her wash up routine, and evening before bed.  It does help, but it's essential to keep up with the routine.

We had used the Polysporin Eczema Essentials product line last year, so this year I thought we could give the Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Body Wash a try.  Hand washing is essential, but it is very rough on eczema skin.
How To Find Polysporin Eczema Essentials Products at Walmart
The Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Body Wash is easy to find at Walmart, once you know where to find it.  Just go to the outskirts of the Pharmacy: it's located between the "bandages" and "elastics" section of Walmart, and one aisle over from the "hand and body lotion" aisle.  It is not placed with the Polysporin ointment bottles, so don't look there.
Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Body Wash
In our own personal experience, there has been no cure for eczema and it never really goes away.  At best, it hibernates like a bear--but comes out when the air turns cold and dry.  Improperly-dried hands make eczema worse, which can be a problem with young children.  This is true of kids wearing damp or wet mittens, and having their wrists exposed to the cold rain and snow.  

Therefore, finding an eczema routine that works well to keep it in check, is essential.  As a result, we'll be substituting Polysporin Eczema Essentials Body Wash in place of hand soap, this fall and winter.  So far it seems to be very gentle, and we'll update later how it has worked for us over the long-term!  Recommendation: I'd love to see the body wash bottle also available in a pump format, which would make hand washing easier for the littles.

Do you or any family members suffer from cold weather eczema?  How do you (or they) keep it in check?      

7 comments:

  1. My niece has suffered from it since she was born. We use the Norwex body court and it keeps it pretty much to nothing. No water needed just the cloth. I will have to share this line with her as I had forgot about it since trading your post last winter:) thanks for sharing.

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  2. My dad and brother have it pretty badly. I get dry patches on my face which I think is eczema but not really sure so I think I am going to pick up some of this and try it out!

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  3. Ouch! We are lucky that we have not had to deal with eczema in our household. I hope that you find a solution that keeps it at bay for the kids.

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  4. No eczema in our household but we do get sensitive dry skin when it gets colder so I up the EFA's, more moisturizing too.

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  5. Thanks for the "find it here" directions, because I would NEVER have thought to look near the bandages.

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  6. I used to have it really bad, but it seems to have gone down in the past few years. It's such a relief because it's not comfortable.

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  7. Thanks for helping us locate the products! Love your idea of using the wash for hand washing and putting a pump on it! #client

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