An itchy skin rash, or an eczema flareup, can seem to come out of nowhere. But what if these were actually allergy symptoms? If you suspect that your skin issues are connected to seasonal allergies, a dermatologist can help. Here’s what you should know about identifying your allergies and finding relief.
Allergy season can trigger sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes. While these symptoms are the most obvious, they aren’t the only signs of allergies. Some people may also show allergy symptoms on their skin. This can happen in a few different ways.
Often, allergens like pollen can come in contact with the skin and cause a rash. You might notice itchy red patches on the skin when this happens. These patches are often raised or swollen with clearly-defined edges. Keep in mind that allergy rashes aren’t the same as allergy hives.
In more severe cases, allergens can cause atopic dermatitis. This condition appears as scaly, bumpy, and dry patches on the skin. Some people may also notice oozing, blistering, and cracking. Atopic dermatitis can be extremely uncomfortable, so you’ll want to see your dermatologist for treatment if you’re showing these symptoms.
If you have an existing skin condition, allergy season may cause a flare up. This can occur in people with eczema, for example. Research has shown that contact with allergens can trigger the body’s immune response, causing a flare up. Allergic eczema is typically more common in children and teens, but it can continue into adulthood.
Preventing allergy rashes starts with treating the allergy. Your dermatologist may refer you to an allergist to diagnose and treat your skin’s sensitivities. However, if you’re experiencing a condition like atopic dermatitis or eczema, a dermatologist can help you find relief. They may recommend an over-the-counter product or prescribe a cream. Just be sure to always talk to a dermatologist before trying a product on your rash.
If allergy season triggers your eczema, it can be helpful to keep a detailed log of your flare ups. This will help your dermatologist narrow down the cause of the flare up and recommend appropriate treatment. They may want to rule out other potential irritants like laundry detergent, fabrics, and other household items. And again, they may refer you to an allergist.
Overall, staying away from allergy triggers and covering up your skin can be helpful during allergy season. This is especially true when you’ll be spending the day outdoors. If you have indoor allergies, be sure to clean your home regularly to remove dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander from surfaces.
While allergy season can be tough on the nose and throat, it can also take a toll on the skin. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of seasonal allergies on your skin, the professionals at Pacific Dermatology Specialists are here to help. Our team of skin experts offer medical dermatology services to diagnose, treat, and prevent common skin rashes. We have locations in Carson, CA and in other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, so you can book an appointment at an office near you. Contact us today to get started.