Skin Allergy Treatment
The skin is a sensitive part of your body and skin irritation can be distressing. A skin allergy can take a while to show symptoms. It can affect different parts of your body, including the face, arms, and legs. It occurs when our immune system reacts to substances such as pollen, soap, plants, hair dyes, and creams. The most common skin reactions you may notice include:
- Raised bumps
- Cracking of the skin
Skin allergy types
A weak immune system can easily trigger allergic reactions. With an understanding of your skin allergy, you can take the right steps to control them. So, here are the different types of skin allergies you may suffer from:
- Contact dermatitis: It is commonly caused due to the skin’s contact with an irritant. Contact dermatitis can affect your face, eyelids, neck, hands, and feet. Different triggers causing skin allergy include nickel in jewelry, cosmetics, chemicals on shoes, and antibiotic creams.
- Hives: Medically known as urticaria, it causes pink or red raised bumps on the skin that can have different shapes, sizes and pale centers that may itch. Insect stings, medications including penicillin and Sulphur, aspirin, and ibuprofen; pressure, cold, heat, or sun exposure can cause hives.
- Angioedema: this is associated with hives where patients can feel an abnormal stinging or tingling sensations. Angioedema normally affects the lips, eyes, and hands.
- Eczema: Atopic dermatitis or more commonly known as eczema is a skin condition where you may notice rashes on your eyebrows, neck, hands, face, behind the knees, and elbow creases.
Your immune system reacts to triggers that lead to skin allergy. A review published in 2017 suggested that both environmental and genetic factors can affect the stratum corneum (outer layer of the skin) which makes it more susceptible to skin allergy.
Skin allergy in kids
Today, skin allergy in kids is a common problem. Kids suffering from skin-related conditions suffer from physical and emotional issues.The most common skin allergy in kids includes:
- Hives: You may notice red bumps or welts on the skin that unlike other allergies are not dry and scaly. Hives can affect any part of the child’s body in the form of a severe allergic reaction. It can show some other possible symptoms like difficulty in breathing or a swollen mouth and face.
- Contact dermatitis: It can form rashes on the skin due to immediate contact with an irritant that may appear scaly or have blisters.
- Eczema: Children between the ages of 1 and 5 may have red itchy rashes on the skin caused by food or environmental allergies.
The most common triggers of skin allergy in kids can be dust mites, dyes, food, fragrance, mold, pollen, and pet dander. Skin allergy signs can appear in combination with other symptoms, like congestion, headaches, a runny nose, and sneezing.
Skin allergy causes in adults
The common skin allergy causes include:
- Nickel: Jewelry, spectacles, and belts contain nickel that can be a trigger to skin allergy. If you are a hairstylist then you can be at a higher risk. To temporarily avoid excess of this skin allergy it is advisable to protect your skin from direct contact with the irritant.
- Poison oak: It is a plant that releases urushiol (oil) when its leaves are damaged or bruised causing skin reactions. You may notice itchy red rashes with blisters or bumps on the skin. It is important to stay away from this plant, as any exposure to its burning leaves can also lead to skin reactions.
- Clothing: Dyes and chemicals used to process fabric can lead to skin allergy. It is advisable to wash your new clothes before wearing them, switch to cotton or organic mix fabrics, and if possible refrain from using wool or mohair to avoid skin reactions.
- Latex and rubber: Products like rubber gloves, erasers, elastic waistbands, and balloons, made combining sap from rubber trees with chemicals can cause skin allergies. You may notice a mild reaction in the form of a rash on your hand which can get severe if it’s not given timely treatment.
- Lactic acid: Lactic acid is extensively used in over-the-counter skincare and cosmetic products; it is also used in strong peels and treatments. It is naturally found in dairy products that are used worldwide to soften and beautify the skin. It can lead to burning, itching, swelling and peeling of the skin.
Skin allergy symptoms
The skin allergy symptoms can differ based on your condition such as:
- In hives, you may notice raised, flat and itchy bumps that may be tender.
- Allergic contact dermatitis can cause the skin to be itchy and often painful. The rash can be in the form of bumps or blisters. It can take 48 hours or can immediately show symptoms on your skin.
- In eczema, you may notice a scaly, red, itchy, and dry rash on your hands, elbows, and knees.
- Angioedema can cause swelling in the areas it affects.
Skin allergy treatment in Homeopathy
Homeopathy is known for its gentle and painless treatments. Over 100 million people in India trust homeopathy for all their health issues. With homeopathic treatments, you can expect long-lasting, effective and holistic solutions for all your skin-related problems. It not only helps you with the physical cure but also works on the underlying mental conditions that can be caused due to skin issues. Homeopathic medications also boost your immunity system that can help with the reduction of skin allergy and reactions.
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- Poison oak
- Lactic acid