HOW TO HANDLE SKIN REACTIONS AND ALLERGIES
A majority of skin related reactions are minor in nature. On rare occasions, symptoms such as a rash or itching can be the presenting symptoms of a life threatening condition. Irritated skin can be caused by a variety of factors like infections, skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea, or even just dry or damaged skin. In addition, some types of skin rash can be caused by the sun when the skin has a reaction to an irritant or allergen after exposure to the sun. Cosmetics, sunscreen, shaving lotion, and perfume can trigger this kind of reaction. When an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system response, then it is referred to an allergic skin condition.
Skin allergy symptoms like redness, itching and swelling often go away on their own in a week or two, with or without treatment. Because allergic reactions can progress and worsen in minutes, causing complications, medical attention is always recommended for all but the most minor and localized symptoms. Self-care at home is not enough in severe reactions. A severe reaction is a medical emergency therefore you should seek medical attention.
You can do some things to make your skin more comfortable in the meantime.
SOME QUICK RELIEF FOR SKIN ALLERGIES INCLUDE
- USE OF DRUGS
Topical corticosteroid creams or tablets can be used to treat allergy related rash. Corticosteroids contain steroids that reduce inflammation and itching. Mild forms of these creams can be found over the counter and stronger versions can be prescribed by a doctor. Antihistamines and moisturizing ointments can also help ease irritation and dryness.
2. APPLICATION OF ICE
Simple measures such as the application of ice may help with swelling and pain. Applying an ice pack wrapped in cloth to the affected area for 10 minutes can reduce inflammation. A cold compress can be beneficial in reducing rashes, especially those caused by heat and possible insect bites which are likely to develop into blisters.
3 AVOID SCRATCHING
Scratching of rash or hives can create more inflammation and can lead to infection. Frequent baths followed immediately with emollient creams may help ease your discomfort. Creams such as calamine lotion contains soothing ingredients which can subside itch and treat skin reactions.
4. STAY OUT OF THE SUN
Exposure to UV rays and possible sunburn could cause more discomfort to an already irritated or sensitive skin. Long sleeve outfits and trousers should be worn to prevent direct impact of sunlight on the skin and a sun hat worn to protect the face in severe cases.
5.AVOID TRIGGERS OF ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
It is of importance to identify causes of skin reactions and stay away from them to avoid subsequent breakouts.
6.HAVE AN OATMEAL BATH
Try having a bath consisting of a mixture of grounded oatmeal powder and warm water. It is known to calm inflamed skin.
7.WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Wear free clothes that do not cling to the body. Also preferably soft cotton fabric. Try to stay away from materials that may cause a prickly sensation on the skin.