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Allergies. They’re uncomfortable and debilitating. They make sleep difficult and can lead to drowsiness during the day. However, perhaps, even more, disturbing is the impact they can have on your sex life. According to a study of 400 people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis), 83% reported that allergies had a negative effect on their sex lives occasionally and 17% say that allergies have always put a damper on things.
Besides the fact that kissing is not very comfortable, and can be a bit messy when one of the parties is suffering from allergies, Michael Benninger, MD and chairman of the Head and Neck Institute in Cleveland says allergy sufferers may be too tired for sex. Another reason for abstinence may be embarrassment about symptoms, such as puffy eyes, dark circles, and body rashes. While hay fever is usually associated with causing watery eyes, sneezing and congestion, skin irritation is a symptom that often does not get enough attention. If skin irritations caused by allergic rhinitis is getting in the way of your enjoyment, let’s shed some light on the problem.
How Does Hay Fever Cause Rashes?
While most symptoms of hay favor come from breathing in allergens, hay fever rashes are more often caused by allergens making direct contact with skin. You are likely to come into contact with allergens in the form of pollen when working in a yard or garden. Flowerbeds are a hotbed of allergens.
Sometimes, the rash caused by hay fever will be mistakenly identified as hives. While hives can be a symptom of hay fever, they are caused by something that has been consumed or inhaled, rather than something that has made contact with skin. How can you tell the difference? Symptoms of hives include red patches, itchiness, and eruptions of the skin. Hives cause welts rather than bumps and have edges which are clearly defined. They may make your skin appear to have been scalded. Spots may grow larger or even go away and reappear later. When pressed, hives tend to turn white.
While not caused by allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis can be irritated by the condition. It is most common in young children and infants. The main feature is an ongoing rash, appearing as patches of bumpy dry skin, usually on the scalp, feet, hands, or face. It may cause ear discharge and reptile -like skin texture resulting from scratching and oozing blisters.
Causes of the Rash
The first step in eliminating the rash is to discontinue contact with its cause. In order to do this, you need to figure out what the cause is. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may think you have a hay fever rash, when in actuality, the rash is from the sun or a poisonous plant.
When determining the rash’s cause, also consider the soap, laundry detergent and cosmetics you are using and keep in mind that rashes can be caused by itching, You may have general itchiness and have developed a rash by scratching it too often, If you are suffering from a rash caused by allergic rhinitis, antihistamines, like Benadryl, will help to reduce itching and irritation.
When diagnosing your rash, take note of when it normally appears. It may have something to do with the pollens of a certain season. Keep in mind that allergies aren’t limited to the spring and are just common in the fall and winter as well.