Is Itchy Skin a Sign of Seasonal Allergies?
Your Seasonal Allergies Symptoms May Include Itchy Skin This Spring
Spring is here, and you may be ready for the warmer weather, time outside, and chance to let the fresh air back into your homes. But, every year 67 million individuals suffer from seasonal allergies, so for some, the spring season is dreaded thanks to the increase of pollen, dust, and mold that cause these allergies. Even if you expect or plan for seasonal allergies, they can often leave you feeling miserable with their adverse impact on your sinuses and skin.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Seasonal allergies impact individuals differently depending on climate, location, and their individual reactions. For some, the symptoms are severe enough to require medication, and for others, they are more manageable. Common seasonal allergy symptoms include:
- Runny noses
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Itchy sinuses
- Itchy throat
- Postnasal drip
- Itchy Skin
Unknown Signs of Allergies
ust like symptoms can vary among individuals, there are many signs of allergies that you may not be aware of, including:
- Being overly tired
- Dark circles under your eyes
- Respiratory infections
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of endurance
Since these signs are lesser known than the symptoms listed above, many individuals go without a diagnosis of their seasonal allergies for years.
Spring Allergies and Your Skin
To properly manage spring allergies, you should see an allergist that can help you identify what types of allergies you suffer from and create a plan of action moving forward. While most individuals experience sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, and red noses, a common symptom of allergies is itchy skin. If you suffer from itchy skin or dry red patches, you may need more than lotion to cure it.
Causes of Itchy Skin
Starting in late winter/early spring, trees and plants begin to bud creating invisible airborne allergens like mold and pollen. For some individuals, these allergens create an increased amount of histamine in their blood flow which causes inflammation, making the skin sensitive. If the skin is highly reactive, it can trigger allergy-related itchiness and even eczema.
How to Prevent Itchy Skin
While you can’t eliminate pollen, ragweed, or other causes of allergies, there are some steps you can take to help manage your itchy skin. Minimize stress when possible, studies show high amounts of stress can increase histamine and create more adverse allergy reactions. A change in your skin care routine may be necessary to calm the inflammation and reduce itchiness.
It is also important to eat right and drink plenty of water, so your body has the necessary nutrients it needs to effectively manage allergies. Plus, some foods have high amounts of histamine in them that can trigger or increase the severity of the seasonal allergies. If you spend time outdoors, consider changing your clothes once you return inside. Wash your hair every night to remove the pollen and allergens before going to sleep to prevent them from transitioning to your bed linens and pillow.
Sometimes spring allergies can be managed on your own and other times contacting an expert is necessary. If you are suffering from itchy skin that may be eczema, contact Windsor Dermatology today at 609-443-4500.
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