Low temperatures can trigger or aggravate skin diseases


Low temperatures can cause injury due to the low humidity that can trigger or aggravate some skin diseases, warned an expert today.

"In addition to the cold, dry heat from the heaters and exposure to sudden changes in temperature can aggravate skin problems," said Gladys León Dorantes, president of the Mexican Foundation of Dermatology (FMD), in a statement.

Dryness, he warned, is one of the first symptoms "the skin is very sensitive to low temperatures and usually dry, it takes on a rough and textured appearance, in addition to itching, itching, burning and, in more extreme cases, often presents may crack" .

In addition, some conditions like psoriasis or atopic dermatitis may be aggravated in this cold season, he said.

León Dorantes said that atopic dermatitis affects 15% to 20% of children and is characterized by dry and inflamed skin, often accompanied by intense itching.

In turn, Dr. Susana Canalizo Almeida, FMD secretary, pointed out that another of the diseases that are complicated by cold is acne.

"Treatments to control acne tend to dry the face because we try to eliminate excess fat, so we recommend that you go with a dermatologist to adjust the treatment and avoid irritations at this time," he said.

In addition, other symptoms such as lip fracture, angular cheilitis (inflammatory lesion on the corner of the lips), reddened skin on the cheeks and nose due to hypersensitivity of blood vessels and dry hands often appear in winter. they crack and scratch.

To maintain a healthy skin, Dr. Canalizo suggested some basic care on the face and hands that are the most exposed to low temperatures and therefore should be moisturized but also apply generous amounts of colorless white cream or perfumes.

"The lips also tend to be injured by the cold, in this case it is important to apply lip balms several times a day to prevent cracking and dryness," he said.

He explained that baths with hot water should be avoided because they tend to dry the skin, so it is best to take a short bath with warm water.

Experts agreed that it is very important to wear sunscreen during this time, especially if you visit snow resorts because ultraviolet radiation multiplies due to the reflection of the sun's rays in the snow.


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