Bad side effect of Australia’s La Niña nightmare: Eczema on the rise as humid weather causes skin to flare up
- La Niña’s humid weather has led to a massive outbreak of eczema on the east coast
- Skincare companies report 30 percent more people seeking advice
- The current La Niña event is expected to last until late summer or early fall 2022
Australia’s La Nina nightmare has led to a spike in eczema cases on the east coast.
Relentless rainfall and extreme humidity have led to an increase in skin problems – especially eczema – as skin care brands report spikes in sales.
Eczema is a health condition that makes your skin chronically red and itchy and can occur at any age.
Hot and humid conditions are known irritating factors for the condition.
Skin experts warn La Niña’s humid weather is behind recent eczema outbreak (stock image)
MooGoo, an Australian-made natural skin care company, has seen at least a 30 percent increase in the number of people seeking advice on how to treat sensitive skin.
“The heat and moisture cause the skin to sweat, making it even drier, making it quite itchy and inflamed,” Melody Livingstone, the company’s chief executive, told NCA Newswire.
“Most dermatologists say that a humidity of 30-50% is most ideal for people prone to eczema, but it has been very high for the past few weeks.”
Humidity in Sydney reached 97 percent on Tuesday, while it was around 85 percent on Wednesday.
Experts say ideal humidity for eczema is between 30 and 50 percent, with Sydney registering 97 percent on Tuesday
Skin care experts have provided five crucial tips for preventing eczema flare-ups, but it’s important to note that every concern has different triggers.
Experts say people with the nasty skin condition should memorize and avoid their triggers, stay away from products that dry or damage the skin, avoid hot baths and showers, rinse with chlorine after swimming, and avoid wool fabric.
The increase in humidity in Eastern Australia is due to the La Niña, which has produced a lot of rain causing moisture as the water evaporates.
Australian meteorologists have declared a La Nina weather event in November 2021.
La Nina is part of a cycle known as the El Nino Southern Oscillation, which involves a natural shift in ocean temperature and weather patterns in the Pacific, resulting in heavy rainfall, flooding and cyclones.
The last major La Nina hit Australia in 2010 to 2012, leading to the country’s wettest two years on record, with widespread flooding.
dr. However, Watkins said this year’s event would not be as strong.
Current La Niña is expected to last until late summer or early fall next year according to the BOM.
La Niña event has increased rainfall along Australia’s east coast, leading to high humidity
Expert advice to prevent eczema flare-ups
- Remember and avoid their triggers – animal hair, smell, grass, etc.
- Avoid products that dry out or damage the skin, such as soap or bubble bath
- Avoid hot baths and showers
- Rinse with chlorine after swimming
- Avoid wearing wool fabric