01/26/2016 09:12 EST

Eczema: 10 Ways To Reduce Flare Ups This Winter

Finally, some simple tips for your flare-ups.

Winter always begins to feel drawn out around mid-January, especially in my household where the cold dry air causes skin issues, including eczema flare-ups.

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition where patches of skin become extremely dry, itchy and inflamed. Skin can look red, swollen and crusty, and can even ooze or bleed.

The causes of eczema are different for everyone, which means that treatments that work for some people won't necessarily apply to others. In some cases, a change of diet can lead to improvement, while others may require environmental changes. Some people take omega-3 and probiotic supplements to help support immune system health, and doctors can prescribe steroids and antihistamines to reduce inflammation and itching.

There are some simple things you can do to hopefully alleviate the symptoms of eczema and manage your flare-ups. Here are the top 10 ways to combat eczema this winter:

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