Skin allergies can be inconvenient and troublesome, to the extent that they may interfere with one’s regular activities. So it is only natural that you seek skin allergy treatment if you have this allergy; to get rid of the problem once and for all.
Why you should seek skin allergy treatment
There is of course the fact that skin allergies can be troublesome. Also they can lead to stigmas orsocial isolation, particularly in the case of children because the allergy can be mistaken for an infection or other contagious condition.
Avoiding allergens and irritants is always a good idea but this is not always practical or even possible. So it is important to develop a protocol that helps to control and manage the allergy or allergies.
Skin allergy treatment options:
Traditional allergy control such as allergen avoidance is still a very useful in managing skin allergies. For this, identification of the irritant or allergen is the first step: is it a cosmetic, detergent, kind of clothing, pet dander – what is causing the allergic reaction in the first place?
Also consider emotional triggers because skin conditions are known to be exacerbated by one’s moods and feelings.
When a skin rash or hives or the typical dry and itchy skin appears, it is important not to scratch, or rub at it. This can cause scarring, bleeding and even cause the skin to become infected. Keep skin moisturized with appropriate topical applications to reduce dryness and itching. When using soap and shampoo, check for ingredients such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate and avoid those formulations because this ingredient can further irritate the skin.
3. Topical Creams
It is best to consult a doctor about which type of skin allergy treatment will be best in your case. Over the counter medications may have limited efficacy and prescription medication may be required. Topical medications such as corticosteroid creams or topical calcineurin inhibitors may be needed for effective management of the problem.
4. Allergy Medications
Antihistamines are usually the first response to an allergic reaction and they help to control the unnecessary immune reaction of the body to the allergen. In skin allergies they help to control itching and to limit the rash, also preventing it from returning. Consult the doctor for the dosage and type of medication needed.
For severe cases, treatments could include oral corticosteroid medications. For this a doctor would need to carry out proper investigations and would then write out a prescription.
Antibiotics may form a part of the skin allergy treatment if it is suspected that a bacterial infection is present or that such an infection is triggering the allergy.
5. Home remedies for skin allergies
There are various products that help a person avoid coming in contact with skin allergens. Moisturizers can also help maintain the skin barrier. Cold compresses are also a helpful skin allergy treatmentbecause they help soothe the skin. A bath with common household bleach added to the water twice a week is also thought to help.