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The Leaves are Turning Red, and So is My Skin

Fall can be lovely, but people living with CU may find themselves anxious as they head into the season.

As seasonal changes are upon us, there is so much to look forward to. From pumpkin-spiced everything to apple picking to the leaves changing color.  Everyone seems to have their favorite part of fall. However, for people living with chronic urticaria (CU) the fall may also signal flare-ups due to the cooler temperatures that come with it.

In this article, we wanted to explore the potential risk factors of fall and what those living with CU can do to help reduce their worry of a flare-up. We also share what people living with CU can do to make their next fall their best fall.  

Why fall?

While we can’t say definitively that the cold weather is a trigger of CU, we have noticed that some things associated with fall and colder weather could potentially ignite a flare-up. For example, our writer Luke knows that when fall hits, that means it’s time to take out the sweaters, which can be tough because of the material they might be made of. "Anything that has an itchy consistency - like wool - bothers my skin. So, if you think about it, sweaters are my worst enemy." Luke explains. 

Clothing isn’t the only thing that may make your fall months go sour. With the fall season also comes beer festivals, or "Oktoberfests." While a nice beer during the fall may seem relaxing, it may cause issues for those with skin conditions. From drying out the skinto lowering your immune system,2 having a sip of pumpkin brew could stir the pot with your body’s health. (Read our Can Clean Eating Lead to Clearer Skin? for more on foods and beverages to avoid when living with a skin condition.)

Take back the season

There are a lot of things you can do to make fall a little bit easier if you are living with CU, such as watching your diet and avoiding itchy materials when picking out your cool-weather wardrobe. However, there is something even more impactful that will give you the right to love the skin you live in: Taking action and making changes in your treatment.

If there is anything the Skin to live in community understands, it’s that living with CU is anything but easy. The physical and emotional trauma alone is enough to damage any kindred spirt. But when you’re knocked down by CU, you have to get back up and do something about it. People living with CU shouldn’t settle and simply prepare for another fearful fall. So, make a promise to yourself that this fall is the last fall that you don’t do anything about your skin disease and talk to your doctor about your treatment options.  

  1. Huffington Post citing Dr. Debra Jaliman in “Here's How Alcohol Wrecks Your Skin... And How To Choose The Least Damaging Drink” Last accessed: 05.11.15. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/alcohol-skin_n_4146391.html
  2. Cutaneous disease and alcohol misuse. Higgins EM, du Vivier AW. Br Med Bull. 1994 Jan;50(1):85-98. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=7908595

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