Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year. Unfortunately, fall allergies can wreak havoc on your skin if you're not careful. If you want to know how to reduce skin irritation from fall allergies, here are a few cosmetic dermatology tips to help you out.
Eczema might not be an allergic reaction, but this skin condition can certainly flare up once the weather starts to turn chilly. Not only that, but it's possible for it to be aggravated by seasonal allergens in your environment. When you have eczema, your skin's protective layer is abnormally sensitive to external irritants. As a result, your skin may often be dry and irritated even when there aren't any autumn allergens around. Unfortunately, that also means that exposure to allergens can lead to an eczema flare up. If you want relief from eczema flare ups this fall, it's important first to seek your dermatologist's help. This is especially important if this is your first time dealing with eczema flare ups during the fall. For more experienced eczema sufferers, it could be a good idea to double down on your moisturizing skincare routine. Switch out your lighter summer moisturizer for a heavier one that you'd typically use for cold weather. If you're not taking good care of your skin, you may require prescription medication to get relief from your fall eczema flare up.
Hives are one of the most recognizable symptoms of an allergic reaction on the skin. If you're unsure whether what you're seeing is hives or just contact dermatitis, there's one key feature you need to look out for. Hives present on the skin as clusters of raised, red bumps. You might mistake them for acne at first glance, but there are a few other key things to look for. The skin around these bumps may be red and irritated, and hives are typically itchy, unlike acne. The good news is they're pretty easy to identify. In fact, you've likely had hives before if you've experienced a bug bite. They're an inflammatory reaction to anything you're allergic to -- and that includes bug saliva! The best way to get relief from this skin rash is to fully understand what initially caused it. Having a solid knowledge of what you're allergic to can help you identify and avoid fall allergens that you'll want to stay away from in the future. If you can't avoid the allergens that cause hives on your skin 100% of the time, it's important to talk to your dermatologist about potential itch relief solutions. It's likely that they'll recommend an antihistamine or a hydrocortisone cream to give you some relief from this itchy skin rash.
You might be familiar with watery, itchy eyes when fall rolls around, but the skin around your eyes can also be irritated by allergens during the fall. If this happens to you, there's no need to worry. The most important thing you need to remember is not to touch it if this happens to you. Doing so may only irritate your skin more. And since the skin around your eyes is so delicate, you risk damaging it in the process. The best way to mitigate and prevent this symptom from affecting your daily life is to speak with your dermatologist about possible treatments or forms of relief that they would recommend.
If you're struggling with skin irritation from fall allergies and need relief, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.