Got blotchy, irritated skin or other allergy symptoms?
An allergic reaction happens when the body comes into contact with something it believes to be a foreign substance. The way the body fights this foreign substance is to produce more antibodies called histamines to fight the invader.
These allergic reactions can be caused by a variety of factors from foods to environmental or outside contact with allergens. The reason for skin allergies is the lack of these particular allergens in the immune system to fight the substance causing the irritation.
In most cases, the allergic reaction occurs when the skin comes in direct contact with the substance causing the reaction. Allergic reactions usually present as itchy, red bums or welts on the skin. Mild cases of allergic reactions go away on their own in a few days, but some have been known to last up to a few weeks and go away on their own or with very little or no intervention.
These mild cases are easily treated at home by cooling area with cool compresses or cool showers, followed by using a moisturizer and avoiding contact with what is causing the reaction. Some home remedies for skin allergies suggest using oatmeal ground into a powder, mixed with lukewarm water to calm the itch. Moisturizers prevent the skin from drying out and aggravating the problem even more.
Some allergies are caused by the jewellery or clothes we wear. For instance, some people are sensitive to the metal used in making the jewellery. Even fine jewellery has a nickel base and or people who are sensitive to metal allergies, this is enough to set off a reaction.
Some reactions are simply a discoloration of the skin, but others can become a more complicated rash requiring medical attention. In most cases, the allergy can be easily treated at home with removing the jewellery and using cool compresses to ease the itch and cool the skin.
Allergic contact dermatitis is the most common type of skin allergy. This means the body comes in direct contact with a substance causing red, itchy, swollen skin. The most common type of contact dermatitis is from poison ivy or poison oak. The rash is caused by the coating covering the plants. The rash spreads by touch. This means, by touching the affected area and touching another part of the body will spread the substance and cause another rash point. This is common with poison ivy or poison oak. Removing the plants from a garden means the initial point of contact is on the hands. For these types of cases, water might just spread the rash further. To contain remedy such a rash, the use of calamine lotion purchased from a drug store not only sooths the itch, but forms a kind of protective barrier preventing the allergens from spreading.
There are several kings of home remedies for itchy, irritated skin and most remedies are natural products that can be found around the home. These natural home remedies for itchy and irritated skin come from grandma’s secret stash of treatments. Some of these treatments include a thin coat to oil over the irritated skin followed by a cool compress to soothe and protect the area. Other remedies include combinations of lemon or vinegar and water, natural teas, and oils from natural herbs and spices. Making a cosmetic vinegar
Although most natural rash remedies are found locally, it is understood that these remedies should only be used for mild cases of symptoms. If the rash continues or gets worse, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Slice up some lemon and cover with raw honey. Leave this in the refrigerator and use as needed. Eat two slices of this twice daily or more if needed. ( Obviously only if you are not allergic to honey or lemon! )
The honey and lemon will keep allergy symptoms at bay, some actually find complete relief with this method.
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