Treating Topical Skin Allergies

Treating Topical Skin Allergies

Dermographism means “skin writing.” It is a type of allergy so named because those who suffer from this condition develop a rash that enables them to write their names on their skin with their fingernails. it can be caused by tight clothing or even a hot shower. Contact dermatitis can be caused by shoe leather, and urticaria, or hives, can be caused by anything from water to exercise. Whatever the cause of skin allergies, they are almost certainly uniformly unattractive, uncomfortable, and unwanted. However, they are also treatable.

What Is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a condition which causes the skin to respond to certain irritants as if your immune system is under attack. The immune system responds to the invader by sending antibodies to the skin, resulting in an itchy red rash. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by harsh chemicals. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by allergy triggers.

The most common causes of allergic reactions are plants like poison ivy, fragrances, and dyes. Other common allergens, such as pollen, powders, cigarette smoke and fibers which are found in the air, result in an allergic reaction called airborne contact dermatitis and is most likely to affect the eyelids, neck, and head. Skin allergies can also cause hives, or urticaria, and swelling deep in the skin, called angioedema.

How Are Topical Skin Allergies Treated?

Avoid Contact
The best way to treat skin allergies is prevention. Find out what causes your rash and avoid it. Some common allergens you may want to consider include nickel, a metal used in snaps on jeans and jewelry, sunscreens and bug sprays, topical medication, cleaning products, latex, and chemicals.

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Anti-Itch Cream
Quell the inflammation with over the counter calamine lotion or hydrocortisone.

Cold Compresses
A fiery rash can be calmed with a cooling shower or compress, Pat dry and moisturize with a thick cream.

Colloidal oatmeal, or powdered oatmeal, mixed with water can treat inflamed skin, though it has also been known to cause reactions in certain people. If you are among those people, lukewarm water can provide a soothing alternative.

Go Baggy
You may have to abandon the skinny jeans for a while. Tight clothes can irritate your rash. Think boyfriend jeans and boho skirts.

Damp Dressings
If your symptoms are very severe, find a piece of soft cotton clothing and soak it in water. Wring it out and put it on with something close fitting over it.

While symptoms can also be eased with at home remedies. You may also want to discuss what is best for your rash with your doctor. He may advise corticosteroids for poison ivy or stronger prescription medicines as needed. Antihistamines may also be helpful for restoring normal breathing patterns.

What do you use to treat your topical skin allergies? Let us know. You may possess valuable information!

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