Skin allergy symptoms can make for long days and sleepless nights. The constant itch-scratch cycle that often accompanies skin allergies like eczema and hives can contribute to mental frustration and physical exhaustion. In addition to speaking with Dr. Brauer about allergy management and prescription cream, here are helpful tips to reduce frustrating skin allergy symptoms:
Identify the trigger.
Your itchy rash is an indication that something inside your body is at war. So, it’s important to determine the culprit! Dr. Brauer can complete an allergy skin test to determine what is triggering your skin allergy to flare. From there, do your best to avoid the trigger altogether and follow Dr. Brauer’s recommended treatment plan.
Opt for cool or lukewarm showers.
Hot water can strip the natural oils in your skin, making areas affected by a skin allergy itch even more. If possible, opt for cool or lukewarm showers to keep the oils in your skin intact. After the shower, moisturize to replenish your skin. Further, if you want relief from itching, add a cool compress – not hot – to the area to find relief.
Ditch the scented stuff.
Lotions, laundry soap, body wash, and perfumes all have chemicals in them to release a nice scent. These chemicals can make your skin allergy symptoms flare. So instead of scented items, opt for fragrance free hygienic options. It’s important to know that fragrance-free and unscented are not the same thing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency,
“Fragrance-free means that fragrance materials or masking scents are not used in the product. Unscented generally means that the product may contain chemicals that neutralize or mask the odors of other ingredients.”
Be mindful of your wardrobe.
Tight, non-cotton clothes can cause your skin allergies to flare, triggering an intense itching session. When getting dressed, choose loose-fitting, cotton clothes, as these options are breathable and will not irritate your skin.
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If you missed parts one and two of this series on skin allergies, make sure to check them out:
- Part 1 – Take Control of Eczema & Allergic Contact Dermatitis
- Part 2 – The Inside Scoop on Hives & Angioedema
- Part 3 – Simple Tips to Reduce (or Eliminate) Frustrating Skin Allergy Symptoms