The Top 4 Ways to Soothe the Symptoms of a Skin Allergy
July 8, 2013
The symptoms of a skin allergy are many and can range from being annoying to painful and debilitating, depending on the severity of the allergy. One thing that everyone who suffers from a skin allergy will agree on is how miserable the symptoms make them feel during an allergy attack.
Some sufferers are able to control their skin allergy by avoiding a specific allergen, for example, if one is allergic to pets, they can bathe and groom their pet more often to control dander levels. If insect bites from mosquitoes, wasps, fleas, or mites are the cause then controlling outbreaks with a steam cleaner or professionals like https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/local/missouri/, would be appropriate.
If you are one of those unlucky enough to suffer from a skin allergy don’t despair as there are many things you can do to treat it. Here is a list of the top 4 ways to soothe the symptoms during an attack.
- The most common symptom of a skin allergy is a rash that is generally red, raised, and itchy. This is normally located in the place where the allergen has come into contact with your skin and is caused by your immune system sending histamines to fight off what it has identified as an ‘enemy’. As soon as you see the rash appear you should take a clean washcloth and gently rinse the affected area with warm water and then pat dry with a clean towel. This will help remove any lingering traces of the allergen and will shorten the time your immune system has something to act against. Do not be tempted to use any soap at this stage as it may make the rash worse, especially if you do not know what exactly caused the skin allergy in the first place.
- Hives are a more serious symptom of a skin allergy and can cover a specific area or in severe cases may present over the whole body. In this case, it is difficult to know the initial site of contact with the allergen. Taking an oral antihistamine will help calm down your immune system. Additionally adding a soothing lotion such as calamine to bath water and soaking in it will help soothe the skin and decrease the need to itch.
- Whilst topical creams can and do help reduce the symptoms of a skin allergy, they can only be applied at specific intervals. The problem for some is that when the initial outbreak happens it takes a few applications to really calm down the skin allergy symptoms. Try using a gel made from a natural product such as aloe vera in intervals to make sure that your skin is as soothed as possible.
- If you suffer from fairly regular attacks of a skin allergy then you should consider keeping special clothing to one side. Common fabrics may feel lovely and soft against our skin during normal times, but when the skin is overly sensitive and sometimes even painful it can feel just like wearing a sandpaper shirt. Purchase clothing that is made from natural materials. Make sure that the clothing has no protruding inside seams and that your skin can breathe through the material so it does not become sweaty, which will make the itching worse. There are specific shops and websites that provide this type of clothing especially for sufferers of skin allergy if you struggle to find anything suitable locally.
Gergana Dimitrova has been working for one of the best companies about skin allergy (hudallergi is the Danish term) and she is more than glad to share her knowledge.