It’s that time of year. Winter is on the way and for some of us that means itchy skin. You may feel like a horse on a hitching post some days, scratching your back against the wall to get relief. Winter eczema can really be something to contend with. So just what exactly is eczema? In short, it’s an inflamed skin condition. Symptoms include red, dry or inflamed skin which may crack or peel. And while it’s generally diagnosed during childhood, sometimes it doesn’t occur until they become adults.

When it does, the effects can be obtrusive and hinder daily life. Flare-ups occur simply because winter air (or in some parts of the country, fall air) is drier than normal. With that in mind, here are some tips and information to make your winter more bearable.

Eczema: An Overview

So what is eczema exactly? It’s a skin condition known by its medical name, “Atopic Dermatitis” it causes scaly, itchy, dry rashes on top of your skin. In fact, it can be so bothersome that you may have trouble sleeping. If you have eczema, you might experience the following:

    Extreme itching, particularly at night
    Red or brownish/gray scaly patches on your skin
    Very small bumps that leak fluid or scab over if disturbed
    Cracked, scaly, dry or thick skin
    Raw or very sensitive skin

Keep in mind, as we mentioned earlier, eczema usually occurs in children. Statistics show by age five, 1 out of every 10 children will receive an eczema diagnosis. Typically, they outgrow this by the time they are teens. However, about half of them will continue to experience eczema well into their adult years. Also, as stated before, it’s not uncommon to develop eczema as an adult for the first time.

So why the term “Atopic Dermatitis?” Well, the word “Atopic” refers to conditions that occur when an individual is overly sensitive to environmental allergens, like pollen. The word “Dermatitis” is descriptive of inflammatory skin. This is very different to other skin conditions we have covered.

And while half of all children with eczema are likely to get hay fever or develop asthma, there is no known cure. There are triggers though, and research suggests genetics could be a contributor.

Yet, the reason flare ups occur in the winter is due to one thing, cool dry air. This, in combination with your central heating system, creates a perfect recipe for drying out your skin. Essentially what happens is your skin is unable to stay moist by itself. Therefore, to keep your skin moist, think about contributing factors.

Treating Winter Eczema: Beat Back the Itch

Eczema flare ups could be caused by wearing too many clothes at once, using too many bed sheets or comforters, taking warm or hot baths. In addition, culprits could be infection, skin irritants, exposure to allergens like pet dander or dust, or stress. So what are you to do? Here are a few tips to help with your winter itch.

No Hot Baths

For starters, forget taking hot baths. This dries your skin out and only contributes further to the problem. The best remedy is to use slightly warm water and take showers or baths less frequently. Also, use some sort of moisturizing product while bathing. Finally, be sure to reduce bath time. Five to 10 minutes and no more. Then pat yourself instead of rubbing down with the tile. You may even want to use a cream or lotion afterwards to retain moisture in your skin.

Gentle Soap is Preferred

The second thing you can do is use a very gentle soap. In fact, if at all possible use a moisturizing soap. Find one that is for your fragrance, dies and alcohol. If possible, avoid bubble baths all together as they really have a tendency to draw your skin. And don’t forget your laundry. Use a skin sensitive detergent for your laundry to keep your clothes from sucking the moisture from your skin.

Moisturize Often

Also, be sure to moisturize your skin often and use an effective moisturizer. For instance, petroleum jelly is known to be a fantastic option versus creams or lotions. While those work, you might have to apply more frequently. Petroleum jelly acts as a barrier for your skin, ceiling and locking in moisture.

Prescription Creams

Finally, you might be prescribed a cream for your eczema. Typically, doctors will advise using some sort of cream containing hydrocortisone.You may hear it referred to as hydrocortisone acetate. Typically, you can find this over-the-counter and it may work. However, if it doesn’t your doctor may prescribe a stronger cream to keep the problem at bay.

IPS Compounding: Helping You Fight Winter Eczema

If so, we can fill that prescription for you. Simply contact one of our IPS compounding specialists to get started. Transferring your prescription is easy and logging one for the first time is as well. You suffered long enough with painful, itchy flareups.Let us help with your prescription and get you back on track to a pain free life. After all, just because this winter doesn’t mean it has to be miserable. We are IPS Compounding. We can help!

Do you know these essential wound care tips? Everyone gets injured from time to time. It happens. However, if the injury results in an open wound, knowing how to care for the wound is essential. As always, before approaching any wound be sure to wash your hands, just like you would if treating a wart. If you can wear protective disposable gloves, even better. Following are nine tips to ensure your wound heals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

9 Essential Wound Care Tips for Effective Treatment

Don’t Worry About the Blood

That’s right, little bit of blood is okay. In fact, it’s what helps clean your wound. Minor bleeding is considered to be a good thing. Besides, most small injuries, like scrapes or cuts, tend to clot fairly quickly. You can speed up the process by applying gentle, firm pressure at the wound location using tissue or gauze.

Clean Wounds Quickly

If possible, the first thing you want to do is clean your wound with cool, running water. Also, be sure to wash the surrounding area with soap and a washcloth. This helps prevent infection which could lead to a systemic reaction and more complications.

Use an Antibiotic Cream or Ointment

These help reduce risk of infection, so long as a thin layer is applied. Often times people wonder what the difference is between an antibiotic cream versus an ointment. Ointments tend to be a little thicker, or stickier, where creams are designed to ultimately absorb into your skin. Both are effective at treating wounds if used according to the directions. Should you have a prescription for a a cream or ointment, IPS Compounding can fill it for you. Simply reach out and an IPS compounding specialist will assist you. The convenience of having your medicine delivered to you, versus going to the pharmacy, is one our patients really enjoy.

Bandage Appropriately

It’s important to realize your wound need to be properly bandaged in order to promote healing (just like you would with warts).  For instance, if your wound is in an area where clothing or shoes will rub against it, use a bandage to keep it covered. Besides, uncovered wounds are at risk of developing infection should they reopened.

Latex or Adhesive Allergies

It’s important to keep in mind that you may be allergic to a wound covering and be unaware. The easiest way to tell is simple. If you feel burning underneath the bandage after application, or itchiness, you might have an allergy to the adhesive. In this case, simply switch to paper tape or sterile gauze. Also, try a wound dressing free of adhesive.

Healing is Immediate

Remember, as soon as your body sustains injury, the healing process begins. White blood cells instantly spring into motion to attack bacteria with the potential to cause infection. Red blood cells (and their platelets) along with fibrin, create a perspective scab over the wound until healing is complete.

Burns are Different

Remember, there is a difference between an open wound obtained from a scrape or puncture, versus a burn. The best treatment for minor burns is to take a cool water or a cold cloth compress and apply to the area right away. This keeps your skin from trying to retain the heat, therefore fostering the pain associated with the burn. After the burn has cooled, be sure to wash the affected area with soap and water and dress lightly. And whatever you do, don’t pop any blisters.

Pay Attention to Infection

You need to be on guard for infection after incurring a wound. Typical signs include redness, swelling, or color discharge/green or yellow, oozing from the wound. Furthermore, if your wound feels tender or warm then you could potentially have an infection. Also, be mindful of swollen lymph nodes, aches, fever or chills. If any of the symptoms developed be sure to consult your physician right away.

When to See a Doctor

It’s important to seek a physician if any of the following occur.

  • -Your wound continues to bleed after 10 minutes of sustained pressure
  • -Length or depth of your wound exceeds 1/2 inch
  • -You have a wound near your eyes
  • -Your wound is ragged or gaped
  • -You obtained your wound from anything dirty or rusty
  • -An animal or human bite caused the world
  • -The wound is painful or shows sign of infection
  • -Your tetanus shot is not up-to-date

Questions or Concerns? IPS Compounding can Help

Beyond this, it’s important to keep in mind there are certain first-aid tools you should constantly have on hand. For instance, things like tweezers, hand sanitizer, gloves, pain relievers, hydrocortisone cream, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, gauze or tape and antihistamines in case of allergic reaction are staples for any first-aid kit.

However, if you need to see a doctor for your wound and they provide a compound prescription as part of your treatment plan, again, we can fill that for you. Simply contact us today and let one of our IPS compounding pharmacy specialists assist you. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Yet, most importantly, IPS Compounding pharmacists put you first. It’s why we are regarded as one of the leading compounding pharmacies in the industry.We would love for you to become another one of our satisfied customers. So reach out today and let’s have a conversation.We think your health is worth it.

Warts are a nuisance. It seems like they pop up for no reason and love to hang around. Their history is quite lengthy too. Warts have been found on 3,000 year old mummy and even attracted the attention of Shakespeare. And while they generally are not considered dangerous, most people consider them embarrassing, ugly and contagious. In some instances they can even be painful. more