Beat Summer ItchThe summer months are here now and that means a lot of heat. Often during these months, our skin is subject to be dry, itchy, and irritated. Allergies increasingly pronounced skin and can easily become inflamed.
Why do I itch?
There are two main types of skin allergies-contact dermatitis (CD) and atopic dermatitis or eczema. Although the symptoms are very similar, they are two very different conditions. First, let’s look at contact dermatitis, which can hit anyone.
CD is characterized by a rash, redness, swelling, hives or skin blisters. Sometimes, CD is the result of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance or material. Allergies are often genetic, but the sensitivity of skin can occur at any time, regardless of family history. The most common cause of CD is an allergy to poison ivy, oak or sumac. Latex allergy and metal, especially nickel, are also quite common.
Many typical CD triggers are around the house. You may develop a sudden sensitivity to a product that has been used for years. Some typical triggers CD are hair dye, clothing, especially leather, cosmetics, nail care, and sunscreens, perfumes and topical medications. Eighty percent of the cases, a case of CD occurs after direct contact with the irritating substance, and symptoms usually appear within 48 hours.
Eczema, the second type of skin allergy is more common in infants and children, but may last into adulthood. Of those who had infcontral eczema, about 20 still have as adults. It is often due to genetic predisposition and related high levels of immunoglobulin E, the main contracuerpos allergy. It is characterized by bumps and rough patches on the skin, but also shows the symptoms of CD during asthma attacks.
A variety of factors can trigger an eczema attack. These include viral, fungal and bacterial infections, food allergies, stress and inhalation of substances such as dust mites, pollen and animal allergens. Now, let’s look at some natural ways to treat these allergies skin irritant.
A skin allergy is simply an inflammation, so keeping skin comfortable and well hydrated should be your main goal. For minor cases of skin allergies that do not cause a lot of trouble, keep cold compresses and ease relaxed skin irritation. It is very important not to itch, as this can exacerbate inflammation.
Eczema patients and anyone with severe dermatitis that the practice of keeping the skin moisturized by taking warm, not hot, baths, patting skin dry with a soft towel and fragrance free moisturizer immediately. Oatmeal baths can be soft too.
Temperature is an important factor in how to treat skin allergies factor. Stay indoors as much as possible in hot weather to prevent sweating, causing itching. In cold climates, the use of a humidifier for the skin does not dry out and become itchy. It also helps to wear loose clothing and natural fabrics, which are less likely to cause irritation.
Many of my patients have had success with these strategies complemented by alternative therapies. There is evidence that acupuncture is effective in treating allergies. Biofeedback can help reduce stress, decreasing the likelihood of an attack eczema.
With the many treatments available for skin allergies, you have the power to enjoy a comfortable outdoor summer itching. Remember that your doctor can help you design a treatment program that meets your needs. In the meantime, take care of the skin, of course, stay relaxed and enjoying the season.