Three Plans For Managing Skin Allergies

A practical way to managing skin allergies has three parts. Firstly, you must realise the situation, then you must determine if anything is triggering your skin response, and thirdly you must take care of your skin.

Many people think that allergies only harm the respiratory or digestive systems, but they can also affect your largest organ- your skin. As with other allergies, the immune system overreacts to the presence of certain substances and releases inflammation-producing chemicals. Do some analysis and talk to your doctor. You can be certain of controlling your skin form better if you are sure you know what causes it.

The second part in managing a skin allergy is recognising then reducing the allergens and irritants that start the itching/scratching cycle. There are over 3,000 known triggers for skin allergies. Many are natural, but there are plenty of human-made ones too.
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A common human-made trigger is a latex, which comes from the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree. The natural proteins and those added in the production process can trigger an allergic reaction. Most people are familiar that this can lead to results if you wear latex gloves. However, latex is also present in baby pacifiers, balloons, pencil erasers and elastic bands in undergarments. There can also be difficulties when latex particles become airborne and are inhaled. If you have a latex allergy, try to avoid the material and use vinyl or plastic where possible.

Nickel is another trigger. In addition to the clear nickel-containing metallic objects like coins and jewellery, nickel is also present in everyday objects like scissors, bathroom and kitchen cabinet handles, and zippers. Mascara, eye shadow and eye pencils also contain nickel. Experts predict that the number of people experiencing a nickel allergy has risen about 40% in the last decade. Much of this is considered to be due to the popularity of body piercing. Some foods also have original nickel content, and people who suffer severe symptoms may need to restrict their diet under medical supervision. At present, there is no way to desensitise a person with a nickel allergy. Avoidance is the best strategy.

The third part of active management is taking care of your skin. The easiest thing to do is to keep your fingernails short to diminish the damage caused by scratching.

Managing your skin's shape means firstly moisturising and softening the skin to guarantee it does not dry out. Your doctor may recommend you use topical corticosteroid preparations to manage the inflammation.

When you take a bath, soak in lukewarm water for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not have hot baths or showers, as the heat will enhance skin dryness and itching. You can add oatmeal or baking soda to the tub for a soothing effect, though it does not help moisturise the skin.

Use a mild soap or a non-soap cleanser with neutral pH (pH7). If you wish to add bath oils, do so after you have been in the water so that it can seal in the moisture. Do not use bubble baths as they can form a barrier that stops the bathwater moisturising your skin.

After the shower, dry yourself by patting your skin with a soft towel. It helps retain moisture. Immediately after drying your skin apply a lotion or emollient cream to help your skin retain the moisture.

To look after your skin, you will also require avoiding situations where you will experience extreme physical contact, heavy perspiration, or wet clothing. It may mean avoiding some sports. Swimming is permissible if you rinse the chlorine from your skin as soon as you leave the pool, and use a moisturizer after drying yourself.