Don’t Let Seasonal Allergies Spoil Your Skin

Woman with seasonal allergies on her skin Don’t Let Seasonal Allergies Spoil Your Skin

When you have seasonal allergies, your skin is often a victim. Suffering from contact dermatitis just because of some seasonal allergies can be downright unbearable in many cases. If you want to learn how to alleviate your symptoms, here's what you need to know.

How to Treat Seasonal Allergies

Know Your Triggers

One of the most important steps you can take to keep your seasonal allergies from wreaking havoc on your skin is fully understanding what you're allergic to. If you know what causes your contact dermatitis or hives, then you can take the appropriate actions necessary to avoid those triggers entirely. If you're not sure what caused your skin rash, it's a good idea to retrace your steps from the day you first noticed it. Was there something out of the ordinary? Did you visit a different place for lunch or go for a walk in an unfamiliar park? The answers to these questions could help you better understand what specific allergens are irritating your skin and give you the knowledge you need to avoid them in the future. In the meantime, make sure you're equipped with a hydrocortisone cream to help mitigate symptoms of redness and itching. This can help out monumentally if you're in a pinch and can't contact your dermatologist or allergist right away.

Moisturize Frequently

Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the best things you can do to keep it protected from external allergens. And if you're living with a skin condition like eczema, which already makes your skin sensitive to environmental irritants, it's more important than ever to keep up with your dermatologist-approved skin care routine. Failing to do so could mean an eczema flare up that needs serious medical attention. Moisturizing helps your skin maintain its outermost barrier, which offers protection from external allergens that could otherwise irritate your dry or dehydrated skin. Make sure you pay special attention to any areas of your body that tend to dry out faster than the others. Your hands, for example, may require more frequent moisturizing.

Speak With Your Dermatologist

The best resource you have to help you take care of your skin is your dermatologist. If you have seasonal allergies that are causing things like eczema flare ups, hives, or puffy and irritated skin around your eyes, it's important that you speak with your dermatologist about skin care solutions. In some cases, you may require medicated topical treatments to help alleviate your symptoms. In other cases, an oral antihistamine might be one of the treatments that helps mitigate your allergy symptoms most effectively. You won't know until you speak with your dermatologist about how your allergies have been affecting your skin. Together, you can devise a skin care routine and treatment options that will help prevent and minimize your skin's reactions to your seasonal allergies.

When you're suffering from seasonal allergies and it's affecting your skin, it's crucial to seek the care you need to diminish your symptoms. If you want to stop your seasonal allergies from affecting your skin, make an appointment at North Pacific Dermatology today.

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