If you suffer from allergies, you know that they can be miserable, causing symptoms like a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. Did you know, though, that allergies can also affect your skin? When you breathe in a seasonal allergen like pollen or mold spores, you may find yourself itching or even rashy.
Seasonal allergies can be caused by things like pollen and mold spores. Your body misidentifies these allergens and triggers an immune reaction. A neurotransmitter called histamine is released, causing blood vessels to dilate, and this can cause problems for your skin.
You’d expect your skin to be affected by allergens that come in contact with it, but are you surprised to learn that it’s affected by what you breathe? When histamine is released, it affects almost every part of your body, including the digestive system and the nervous system. It also causes blood vessels to swell, and this can cause hives, eczema, or just skin that’s itchy and dry. What can you do about allergy-related skin issues?
- Itchy, dry skin may require more than just lotion. Try to avoid your allergens, and minimize stress whenever possible. Eat right, drink plenty of water, and consider changing your clothes as soon as you come inside. Wash your hair every night to keep pollen and allergens out of your bed linens. You can take antihistamines to alleviate allergy symptoms, but limit decongestant, because that can dry out your skin and make it even itchier.
- Eczema isn’t actually an allergy, but seasonal allergens can aggravate it. For sufferers of eczema, the skin’s protective layer is extremely sensitive to external irritants. Eczema can cause itchy, dry skin as well as a rash that can ooze or crust over. People with this condition should see a dermatologist or allergist to learn how to manage symptoms and skincare. Moisturizing is essential, and rashes may require prescription medications.
- Hives are itchy, red, raised bumps that are a part of an inflammatory allergic response. Allergy medication can help, but the main focus is treating the symptoms. Your dermatologist can help you find the right treatment to bring relief.
Whether you’re struggling with skin problems caused by allergens or just want to take better care of your skin, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help. Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is committed to providing superior, professional skin care in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers, along with our friendly staff, are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable and professional atmosphere. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us through our website or call (801) 682-4715 today.