While long nights of trick-or-treating may make children happy, it could do other things to their skin. Cold temperatures, excessive sugar and lots of walking can leave skin raw, itchy and covered in a rash. Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his expert opinion on the link between Halloween traditions and the common skin condition known as eczema.
Eczema is a long-term skin condition that causes itchy rashes and scaly skin. It can include blisters, dry patches and bumpy skin. Eczema is very common in young children and it is often outgrown by adulthood.
“With trick-or-treating allowing kids exposure to candy and other different foods, many parents worry that candy or other foods are responsible for rashes in their children and worsening of eczema,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “While there have been many studies done to either prove or disprove this, none have shown a clear relationship.”
Although there hasn’t been a significant link between candy and eczema flare-ups, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says it is best to avoid something that seems to worsen your eczema.
“As a board-certified dermatologist, I am asked this question quite often and tend to take the approach that if something seems to worsen eczema, then it is best to avoid it. As for whether candy is good for you or not, that’s an entirely different question!”
While candy may not be a factor to eczema, exposure to cold temperatures and dry air are clear contributors to this itchy condition. To avoid and soothe flare-ups, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends covering up bare skin and moisturizing whenever possible.
“The new FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone balms are the perfect product to keep in your purse or pocket if your child’s eczema or dry skin is troublesome,” said the doctor.
What tips and tricks do you use to treat eczema in your children? Share with us in the comments.