Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means many people are planning romantic getaways and dietary indulgences they wouldn’t normally participate in. As fun as it can be to spritz on perfume and enjoy a night out on the town – exposing your body to new environments and substances, can be hard on your skin. In fact, you may even suffer from hives and other allergic reactions as a result of your Valentine’s Day escapades. Here’s what you should know about common skin allergies and how you can avoid them to keep your skin kissably soft on Valentine’s Day.
Common Signs of a Skin Allergy
Skin sensitivities can pop up at any time, even if you have no prior history of allergies. In many cases, symptoms are mild and go away on their own. However, some effects can be severe and require medical treatment. Here are common indications that you’re having an allergic skin reaction to something:
- Burning sensation
- Scaly patches
- Bumpy or cracking skin
Surprisingly, it can take anywhere from a few hours to days for a skin reaction to pop up after exposure to an allergen.
When To Seek Medical Treatment
Although most rashes are not serious, some can be life-threatening. If you notice any of the following symptoms, go to the emergency room right away:
- A sudden, full-body rash
- Rash that begins to turn into blisters and open sores
- Fever accompanying a rash
- Severe pain associated with a rash
- Other signs of infection
These are all indications of a potentially deadly reaction. Once you receive emergency treatment, you may need to carry an EpiPen with you for future use.
How To Avoid Skin Reactions
If you know you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, there are things you can do to prevent allergic reactions from occurring on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year:
- Do your research before going on vacation or visiting environments that have wildlife or flora that you’re allergic to.
- Ask questions about any destinations your date plans to take you to for Valentine’s Day. Find out what types of food are commonly offered there so you can plan safe menu selections in advance.
- Before using perfume or scented lotion, test them to find out if they’ll cause hives or other allergic reactions.
If you follow these preventative steps, you’ll be less likely to be caught by surprise by allergy symptoms.
How To Test Products for Potential Reactions
Fragrances are the most common triggers of cosmetic allergic reactions. You can safely test for potential allergies by receiving a patch test from an allergist. If you already suffer from ongoing rashes and other skin conditions, your doctor may recommend a blood test instead of a patch test.
Get Your Skin Ready for Valentine’s Day
Want to make sure your skin is kissable, soft and free from hives on Valentine’s Day? In addition to avoiding common allergens, you should also consider scheduling a gentle Hydrafacial® or laser skin rejuvenation appointment with Windsor Dermatology. Call us or fill out our online form to reserve your appointment.