How to Reduce Skin Irritation from Fall Allergies

Woman scratching at irritated shoulder How to Reduce Skin Irritation from Fall Allergies

While fall allergies cause sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes, it’s common for these seasonal allergies to show up on your skin as well. Environmental triggers like mold and ragweed may lead to skin irritation. Here are some of the most common skin allergy symptoms that show up during the fall and how a dermatologist can help you find relief.

What to Know About Skin Irritation in Fall

Skin Allergy Symptoms During The Fall

As you’re enjoying the fall weather, remember that allergens in the air can cause an immune response in your body. And this response might lead to inflammation, skin sensitivity, and allergy rashes. This is why you might notice skin irritation in addition to better-known allergy symptoms like sneezing. Some of the most common skin allergy symptoms include:

  • Hives: If you have an allergy to a specific food or cosmetic, you know that hives are a common symptom. And hives can be a symptom of fall allergies as well. These welts are red, itchy, and sometimes painful. Allergy hives may go away on their own after a few minutes or hours, but some cases of hives will require treatment.
  • Rashes: Allergens in the air can come in contact with your skin and cause a rash. Allergy rashes can appear anywhere on the body. However, you may develop a rash in a specific area after coming in contact with a poisonous plant. Be sure to keep an eye out for plants like poison sumac and ivy.
  • Eczema Flare Ups: The immune response that allergens trigger might lead to an eczema flare up. So, if you have eczema, you might notice that your skin feels more dry and sensitive during the fall.

While it’s impossible to avoid all fall allergies, there are steps you can take to try and prevent skin irritation. Wearing protective clothing, closing your windows, and avoiding irritating plants may help keep dry skin rashes and hives in check. However, your dermatologist can help treat the symptoms that do appear.

How a Dermatologist Can Help

Addressing skin irritation from fall allergies starts with treating the allergy itself, so your dermatologist may recommend an antihistamine. This over-the-counter medication can reduce your other allergy symptoms as well. Dermatologists often recommend topical creams to soothe itchy and dry skin rashes, and they may prescribe a cream specific to treating your eczema.

Using a gentle soap and lotion is also key to soothing your skin, since fragrance and harsh chemicals can lead to more irritation. Switching to a gentle laundry detergent may also help. Your dermatologist can work with you to learn your skin irritants so you can avoid those products.

Remember, managing seasonal allergies often requires multiple specialists. If you’re experiencing severe allergies, your dermatologist may refer you to an allergist to diagnose your sensitivities and provide more specific treatment.


Fall allergies don’t have to hold you back from your favorite outdoor activities. The providers at Pacific Dermatology Specialists provide diagnosis and treatment for common types of skin irritation. Whether you’re managing rashes or living with eczema, our team of dermatologists can help you find relief. We have locations in Redondo Beach, CA and the surrounding communities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at your nearest office.

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