Humidity And Eczema

I never realised, the effect of humidity,
On my skin until I bought a hygrometer;

Since a few years ago I’ve had eczema,
Starting when I lived in Scotland,

And lately, I’ve noticed,
(During my nocturnal night-life),
That when it comes around to daytime,
My skin really starts to itch, past lunchtime!

But since having the hygrometer,
I’ve now learned why…
β€”Once humidity drops below 60,
My skin goes crazy!

So I’ve been finding all sorts of ways,
To increase humidityβ€”
Hanging up laundry,
Soaking some tea towels,
Then I bought a little essential oils diffuser,
And all of this helpedβ€”
Sometimes I could even reach 75% humidity!

But now I’ve bought a humidifier,
And, oh boy,
My life is improved;

But, why?
Why does modern life seem to require endless such adaptations?
Well… I guess that neither humidity nor stale air would be problems,
If we weren’t living in such urban conurbations!
If we hadn’t chopped all the trees down!

Urban environments promote dry air,
So humidifiers and plants,
Can turn our lives around!

My skin feels so good above 70% humidity!
No more itching,
No more scratching, it’s so relaxing,
I am enveloped in a cloud of cool mist gently washing over me.

The long-term effect of eczema on our mental health can be vicious and comparable with other sources of chronic pain:

“The authors of the study found that eczema was associated with a worse quality of life than several other common chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Moderate and severe eczema were associated with dramatically lower quality of life than all other chronic disorders examined.”


10 thoughts on “Humidity And Eczema

    1. It’s for sure mine too, now! I will never be without one.

      When it gets hot here in the UK, humidity goes right down in urban areas, and we just had a big heat wave. Any sunny day means really dry air, actually.

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      1. I think it really depends on how much vegetation is around you and where the air is coming fromβ€” what sort of terrain it’s blowing over. Air conditioning dries out the air, actually. But if it’s starting out with enough humidity, could still end up being overall better than in winter.

        The UK is really urbanised overall, the states definitely has more vegetation cover proportionally.

        Wow, I knew that the UK was at a junction between different weather systems, but didn’t realise just how many until now:

        So yeah, we really do have unique and variable weather here.

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      2. Well I live in the city in the North East, but my general area is surrounded by mountains. It can get pretty damn cold in the winter, for me that is when the air is at its dryest.

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      3. Yeah that makes sense. Since I can now measure humidity, I’ll be able to see how this changes over the year. I might just turn out to be wrong and it turns out that 50% IS high. Last winter was especially wet though, so when Spring came on which was so dry, I really noticed it then with the eczema.

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  1. I always thought it was just ME, but there are certain time of year when I really start to itch. Used to call it “Spring Fever” because Springtime it started, but I’m sure it’s humidity related as my skin often feels really dry when this happens.
    I guess it’s good to know you aren’t alone!
    Funny about the different weather conditions triggering this though, as sometimes I get headaches or other sensations with the change in air pressure. I think I’m a human barometer.

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    1. Interesting, those symptoms can all be related to a hayfever-type reaction.

      This is interesting:
      “Eczema, asthma and hayfever are known collectively as the β€˜atopic triad.’”

      For me, autumn is the most itchy time of year usually, when the air suddenly gets colder and drier in September/October. Not this year, though!


    1. 😩😩😩

      Really? I didn’t know that could happen. I was already noticing that my hair is starting to feel even softer and healthier. I think living amongst plants is really important for humans.


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