Nearly a quarter of the Indian population suffers from some skin allergy or the other. Skin allergies occur when your immune system overreacts, resulting in itchy and red rashes on your skin. Allergens are responsible for triggering this immune response to substances that are generally harmless. People with allergies suffer from skin irritation from the things that wouldn’t affect most. Common triggers include dyes, fragrances, pollen, nickel (metal jewelry), cleaning products or cosmetics. Skin allergies are often known to affect a person’s self-esteem too. The most effective way to avoid allergies is to avoid contact with the allergen, but sometimes that’s not possible.
TYPES OF SKIN ALLERGY:
Numerous factors cause skin irritation, including medications, infections or immune system disorders. Some common types of skin allergies include:
Contact Dermatitis: It is caused when skin comes in contact with an allergen. The symptoms include skin redness, swelling or rash, lasting from a few hours to 10 days.
Hives: These are raised, itchy red bumps also known as urticaria. An allergic reaction to insect bites, medications or even certain food items can cause this reaction. Once in contact with an allergen, hives tend to appear immediately, but can fade within a few hours or a couple of days.
Eczema: Is a chronic skin condition that usually starts in childhood. The exact cause of eczema remains unknown, however certain triggers can make your skin itchy, dry and red.
WAYS TO GET RELIEF FROM SKIN ALLERGIES:
You can try the following to ease allergic reactions:
- Wear loose clothing: Avoid tight-fitted clothes as these further irritate skin rashes. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton.
- Cold Showers: One of the easiest ways to get relief is to take shower with cold or lukewarm water. It helps reduce severity and skin irritation.
- Avoid Scratching: Scratching further inflames and can damage the skin. It is the first step to self-care.
In most cases, skin allergy symptoms fade on their own. However, in some cases, allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) can also lead to life-threatening situations.
Not all cases of skin allergies can be managed through prevention and home remedies. If your allergy lasts beyond a few weeks, consult a dermatologist. Since the treatment will depend on the cause of itching, it’s imperative to identify the underlying cause. Homeopathic skin treatment is safe and addresses the root cause of the problem, rather than suppressing the symptoms. It is highly beneficial for those with sensitive skins, as it does not have any side effects. Homeopathic skin treatments promote healthy-looking skin.
Important Note: Please do not self-medicate. Talk to your homeopath to get the best treatment solution for your skin allergy symptoms.