Millions of people experience some kind of allergic reaction on the skin every year. There are a number of things that we can touch that will cause a reaction, with varying levels of severity.
But is there something we can do to make our skin less sensitive to getting a reaction? First, let’s review the types of skin reactions.
Types of Skin Reactions:
Hives and Angioedema: Hives (urticaria) are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that show up on the body in various forms. They can appear anywhere on the body, and the most common cause is a food or drug. Hives generally go away within a few days, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Viral or bacterial infection can also bring hives.
Sometimes when hives come, a deeper layer of the skin may begin to swell, and this is called angioedema. The eyelids, lips, tongue and other extremities are often the location where this occurs.
Contact Dermatitis: When certain foreign substances come in contact with your skin, if you are allergic, you may develop a rash that can be itchy, painful and blistered. This is called contact dermatitis.
A common cause of contact dermatitis is touching a harmful plant, like poison ivy. Nickel, perfumes, dyes and latex are other common substances that bring about allergic reactions on the skin.
For reactions of this variety, the doctor may have you use cold soaks or compresses, or corticosteroid creams.
Eczema: This skin condition is a common allergic reaction to things like cats or dust in the house. It comes in the form of a red, scaly rash on the face, elbows and knees, and is most common in infants.
Contact with irritants like wool or soap can also bring on bouts of eczema. In adults, stress is thought to be capable of bringing the reaction, according to the AAAAI.
For eczema allergic reactions, prevention is possible in some people. Maintaining moist skin, along with removing potential irritants from your home, can greatly reduce the chances of getting a reaction.
Avoiding Skin Reactions
It may be that some people have skin more sensitive to allergic reaction than others. While improving skin care may not erase the chances of having a reaction, it may help reduce the symptoms of some kinds of reactions.
Those with naturally dry skin are prone to certain skin diseases and some kinds of allergic reactions, like eczema. Be sure to keep your skin moisturized, and eat a healthy diet full of vitamins that help the skin stay strong.
To avoid other skin reactions, it may be necessary to visit an allergy specialist, who can identify your specific triggers and provide allergy shots that have excellent rates of effectiveness.
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