Skin rash and seasonal allergies
Skin rashes can occur when your skin comes into contact with pollen
Skin rashes are not a well-known or common symptom of seasonal allergies. A skin rash can occur as a reaction to physical contact with pollen and it can be an embarrassing to experience. In this page we explore the underlying causes of skin rashes and what natural and self-help solutions can ease the problem.
An introduction to skin rash and seasonal allergies
Skin rash is a very under-publicised symptom of seasonal allergies. Although it does not affect all seasonal allergies sufferers, it can be extremely irritating for those who do experience it.
Common symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as congestion or itchy eyes, occur when pollen is inhaled, triggering a reaction in these tissues. However, some people also react to pollen landing on their skin. This reaction can result in localised itching which may develop into a rash.
Although not as common, some people also develop hives on their skin from seasonal allergies, which are small bumps which turn white when pressed.
In addition, some people can suffer from seasonal allergies, asthma as well as eczema – a triad (three) of conditions which doctors refer to as the atopic triad.
Home remedies for skin rash
Although avoiding contact with pollen will prevent you from developing a seasonal allergies skin rash, this is not always a viable option. However, there are several home remedies you can try and apply to irritated areas of skin to try to ease your symptoms.
Often keeping the affected area of skin cool helps to soothe irritation and heals the rash more quickly. Clay poultices, such as bentonite clay, can sometimes help skin problems, although you should be careful that these poultices are natural, as any chemical ingredient will only worsen your condition.
Oatmeal can also be effective in easing skin rashes as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be made into a paste by mixing a little water with some uncooked oatmeal, which can then be directly applied to the skin.
Lemon has also been used to treat itchy skin, as it has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. However, it may sting a little when initially applied, particularly so if the skin is broken.
Aloe vera gel, peppermint or basil leaves applied directly to the skin are also traditionally used to ease skin problems, as they have a soothing effect on the skin by reducing itching and inflammation.
What about herbal remedies?
Alfred Vogel, the well-known Swiss naturopath, was a great believer in treating the problem from the root. In this case, treating seasonal allergies can help the symptoms such as skin rash.
He devised a remedy for allergies consisting of seven different herbs to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies, now found in Pollinosan Allergy Relief Tablets. It is a non-drowsy remedy which can be used alongside other seasonal allergies remedies.
If you are looking for a remedy specifically to soothe an allergy induced rash, then a cream containing Neem leaf extract may be effective. This can be found in herbal creams such as Neem Cream.
Are there conventional medicines to help me?
A doctor or pharmacist is likely to recommend anti-histamine tablets to target all symptoms of seasonal allergies, or anti-histamine cream to apply externally to the affected area of skin.
In severe cases, a short course of steroid tablets or creams is prescribed to reduce inflammation of the skin. In some people, and if used incorrectly, steroid creams may result in side-effects so if you are using these medicines, please follow the instructions issued carefully.
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