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Cold Weather And Skin
With the cold weather lately, my skin is very sensitive. Welt looking bumps on my back and elbows & skin turns red easily when itched. Normal?
Cold urticaria-hives: Urticaria is an allergy-like condition that occurs when your body reacts as if to stop a foreign infection. When exposed to cold you break out. Other get it from sunlight, citrus, or a viral infection. It's a histamine problem, so OTCs like cetirazine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can block the effect. The spontaneous marks are hives, the marks from scratching is called dermatographism. ...Read more
Can cold weather cause the skin on hands to peel/break/sting and sometimes bleed? Does it also make bruises heal slower?
Dry air does suck...: ...The moisture out of your skin. After you bathe or shower, apply a good emollient lotion (any brand will do) to your skin while it is still moist, to lock in the moisture. If that doesn't solve the problem, there is more going on than just dry skin, and you will have to see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Why when we feel the cold weather, hundreds of small dots appear on the skin till we use to the weather temperature?
These are goosebumps! Goosebumps are a normal, natural way that the body uses to keep itself warm when it is cold. Goosebumps are caused by the hairs in the skin standing up straight, which helps save heat!
the muscles attached to the base of the hair contract just like other muscles contract to cause shivering in an attempt to generate heat. ...Read more
Yes, for some.: Reddening of facial skin during cold weather is a normal response for many people, usually those with fair, sensitive skin. Those with thicker and ruddier skin, and those who are more accustomed to cold weather, not so much. ...Read more
I want to acclimate myself to cold weather. Could I do this by taking cold showers? Would my skin temperature increase if it was working?
Living Life: This is a first for me. The only thing cold showers would do is to make you feel cold and possibly learn to hate cold showers. It would do nothing to 'acclimate' you to cold weather. ...Read more
I have lots of scarves in my head and in cold weather it's getting much more. My face and my chest are also itching. Please give me an advice. Thanks?
Scabs?: If you have multiple non gleaming lesions with rash and or itching seek treatment. Over the counter products will not be strong enough and a proper diagnosis is necessary. ...Read more
Here are some. ..: No one should dispute with what you feel as described. How can your symptoms be validated? To do so, please collect and bring the detailed info on the onset, degree, duration, evolution, progress, and resolution of all symptoms over time to Dr. For review, analysis, examination, and test as needed so to define possible diagnosis for reasonable treatment. ...Read more
Can nerve damage affect the whole body, I have a weird (tightening sensation) that affects my head, mostly aggravated in cold weather.?
Cold sensitivity: On the first question yes - nerves can effect the whole body, but your descripation does not seem to fill that bill. Tightening around the head with cold weather makes me think of muscle contractions. Try a muscle relaxant per your M.D. See if it clears. I like Fioracet for muscle contraction hadaches. If it doesn't clear see a neurologist? Not enough info here for a more specific diagnosis... ...Read more
The skin on my cheeks & chin is always red when I go out in hot & cold weather & I have a lot of pores on my face. Should I get checked out.?
Can oral corticosteroids cause someone's skin to be less tolerant to cold weather (itching, swelling, redness)?
Will continuous exposure to cold weather to the head region cause pituitary gland malfunction after some years?
Doubt it: Hi. No, continuous exposure to cold has never been reported to damage the pituitary. Unlike the body surface, the pituitary is at core body temperature, so even in chilly Canada, your pituiarty's staying nice and cozy at core body temperature. ...Read more
I will get a pain going down the back side of my head (behind the ears) when I smile alot or when I've been out in cold weather. Mostly on the right?
Skin on face gets very "scaley" and peels as soon as cold weather starts, very bad esp chin, cheeks, & nose. I use frag. Free products & moisturize?
Ans: You need more moisture to the skin in these harsh months. Try emu oil or bit e cream twice a day. See if that helps to hold in the moisture ...Read more
Crusty skin just on left ear crease. It started a few days ago. If scraped off it comes right back within hours. What is it? (cold weather a factor?)
Seborrheic dermatiti: Try otc cortisone cream 2 x a day. If no response see a dermatologist, chipmunk. ...Read more
Foreskine retracts in cold weather and penis head very sensitive feels very tight around penis head?
Phimosis: Foreskin should always be lose and retract easily. See a urologist if this is not the case. Thight foreskin is phimosis and needs treatment either with prescription strength steroid cream, circumcision or prepucioplasty. Latter is performed by surgeon making a vertical incision thru tight are of foreskin and suturing it transversely. This loosens up foreskin and makes it easy to retract. ...Read more
Skin in backside of hand is dry and seems like I have cuts without even knowing it, is it cold weather?
Patch test: In addition to barrier repair creams which seal tecracks in the skin, the additional of essential fatt acids to the diet such as flaxseeds, evening primrose oil, or boar oil can e helpful. A chronic hand problem can also represent a contact dermatitis, sensitivity to chemicals you touch. Patch testing can determine if there is an allergic component. ...Read more
My nipples itch and I had a dry rash on my skin I brought cotton bras at walmart is it the material or the cold weather that dried it up how to cureit?
Itchy rash: It could be that you have a skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema affecting the nipples. You can try moisturizing with beeswax or another type of lotion or cream. You can also try an over the counter steroid anti-itch cream such as hydrocortisone. If neither help, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Can inhaling and cleaning with bleach cause skin dermatitis I been experiencing it lately around legs and arms I don't know if it's the cold weather help?
Do you clean your clothes with bleach or are you cleaning things with bleach?
Regardless, bleach is highly irritable and can cause skin problems via direct contact or through clothing washed in bleach.
Always use protective wear when cleaning objects with bleach. Try using a different detergent to clean your linens. ...Read more
Can kidney disease or low cortisol levels cause excessive sweating of the face & scalp/head? It happens even in cold weather. Any ideas? Thanks
Yes: In some associated way yes you can get these symptoms from low cortisol and kidney dysfunction. ...Read more
6yr old son gets hot swollen hands, fingers, ears, lips in cold weather or extremely cold food, depending on exposure. What causes "hot swollen skin"?
See below: Increased blood flow to theses "extremity areas" is likely the cause. As long as there is no pain, this is natural (to an extent) so to keep these areas from loosing blood flow (cold can do this) and thus decreasing oxygen to the tissues, where, if without, tissues metabolism slows and if it stops, tissues can die. His response may be slightly exaggerated but, without pain, I would not worry. ...Read more
Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode.
Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry. ...Read more