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Why should you avoid hot water for showers or baths if you have eczema?

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It’s especially hard in the winter, but you always need to use lukewarm water in the shower or bath. Hot water can trigger symptoms, especially if you’re changing temperatures quickly -- like coming inside from shoveling snow and hopping into a hot bath.

From: Eczema and the Weather WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

DermNet New Zealand: “Causes of Atopic Dermatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Atopic Dermatitis.”

UpToDate: “Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shedding Light on Summer Eczema Management.”

National Eczema Association: “What Causes Eczema to Get Better or Worse?” “Eczema and Exercise,” “Understanding Your Atopic Dermatitis,” “Trigger Factors.”

National Eczema Society: “Eczema and the Sun,” “Weather,” “Understanding How to Manage My Eczema by Bathing.”

National Health Service (UK): “Atopic eczema -- Treatment.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 28, 2017

SOURCES:

DermNet New Zealand: “Causes of Atopic Dermatitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Atopic Dermatitis.”

UpToDate: “Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shedding Light on Summer Eczema Management.”

National Eczema Association: “What Causes Eczema to Get Better or Worse?” “Eczema and Exercise,” “Understanding Your Atopic Dermatitis,” “Trigger Factors.”

National Eczema Society: “Eczema and the Sun,” “Weather,” “Understanding How to Manage My Eczema by Bathing.”

National Health Service (UK): “Atopic eczema -- Treatment.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 28, 2017

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