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When something enters our system or comes in contact with our bodies that our immune system deems as harmful to the body, it responds by producing antibodies that lead to what we call allergic reactions. Be it seasonal allergies to pollen that cause sneezing, itchy watery eyes and congestion or skin reactions such as hives, eczema or rashes, allergic reactions can become dangerous with damaging long term effects. If you frequently have allergic reactions, contact a local ENT near you today. Today our topic of discussion is on how your skin can react to allergies.
Types of Skin Allergies
Allergic reactions can impact your skin in many ways. Skin reactions can be triggered by topical contact, airborne contact, something you ate, something you drank, bug bites & more. Below are some examples of skin allergy reactions and how to address them.
- Contact Dermatitis – As the name suggests, this is a reaction of the skin that is caused by something you came in contact with. This type of reaction is from something that has been either applied directly on the skin or something airborne that you came in contact with. An example would be the use of a new soap or sunscreen that causes you to break out in a rash or a new piece of jewelry that leaves behind a red itchy rash. Simply removing contact with the item should resolve the issue after a week or so depending on severity.
- Eczema – this is itchy, inflammation of the skin. It can occur on any area of the body, but is most common around the arms and knees. Eczema can be caused by an allergy to pet dander, food sensitivities/allergies or other airborne contacts such as smoke, pollen, and more. There are different stages of eczema, and it typically emerges in childhood. Mild cases of eczema can be cleared up by minimizing or removing exposure to the cause (which can take some trial and error without allergy testing) and some doctor recommended soaps and lotions. More severe cases of Eczema may require antibiotics, steroid based creams, oral medications or even immunotherapy. While there may not yet be a cure to eczema, there are many maintenance and preventative measures you can take to minimize its impact on your day to day activities.
- Hives – hives are raised welts or bumps on the skin that typically itch. Hives can be caused by reactions to foods, insect bites, and medications. Hives will typically go away without treatment and over the counter antihistamines can help with symptoms.
Preventing Skin Reactions from Allergies
The best thing you can do for allergic reactions that impact your skin is take preventative measures. Prolonged skin irritations can have permanent damaging effects on your skin. At Camellia ENT, we recommend allergy testing to narrow down what you are allergic to so you can remove those elements from your environment. If what causes your skin reactions is unable to be removed from your environment, your local ENT will discuss your options. Some preventative measures that may be recommended may include simple things such as staying indoors on high pollen count days, frequently washing bedding, frequently changing air filters in your car and home, over the counter allergy medication & more.
If you do not have a local ENT near you, Camellia ENT would love the opportunity to consult with you and build a custom plan of action for your specific needs.
Allergies can be a pain, with the right preventative measures and treatment plans, you can minimize their impact on your overall quality of life. Contact Camellia ENT today.