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With this winter set to be harsher than normal, national charity Allergy UK is warning of the impact the severe weather could have on our skin.

A new survey from Allergy UK has shown that cold weather is the single biggest trigger for eczema, followed by house dust mite and pets.

Dr Jean Emberlin, Scientific Director of Allergy UK, says early forecasts indicate that winter 2014 could bring misery for the nation: “Cold spells are likely to be extensive this winter. Strong anticyclonic conditions over or near the UK will block the mild westerly airflow and allow very cold air to flow over the UK from the North and East. The various forecast models are predicting that this winter will be colder than average with periods of snow.”

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