Do you suffer from itchy skin during certain times of the year? If you live with seasonal allergies, you may wonder if your allergies are to blame. Seasonal allergies can cause all sorts of problems, including itchy skin. Let’s look at how seasonal allergies can cause itchy skin and what you can do to get relief.
How Do Seasonal Allergies Cause Itchy Skin?
The same allergies that cause your sneezing, itchy throat, red eyes, and runny nose can also cause skin irritation. A condition called “allergic contact dermatitis” occurs when an allergen comes into contact with your skin and causes an allergic reaction. The most common allergens that can cause allergic contact dermatitis are pollens, danders, and molds.
When these allergens come into contact with your skin, they can cause several symptoms, including:
You may also suffer from seasonal food allergies that cause eczema if you eat different foods at different times of the year. Doing a rotation diet to find the culprits can help.
It is essential to see an ENT doctor if you have seasonal allergies and suffer from itchy skin. They can help you determine if an allergy causes your itchy skin and can prescribe medication to relieve symptoms. They may also advise avoiding triggers such as pollen or mold spores.
Tips for Relieving Seasonal Allergy Itchy Skin
If you suffer from itchy skin caused by seasonal allergies, there are a few things you can do to get relief.
- Use a humidifier: A humidifier can help add moisture to the air, which can help relieve dry, itchy skin, especially if the inside of your nose feels itchy often.
- Take a cool bath or shower: This can help soothe your skin and reduce itchiness. Adding oatmeal or baking soda to your bath can also be helpful.
- Spot treat an itchy area with a cold pack or a bucket of cold water to reduce inflammation and itchiness.
- Apply a moisturizer to help prevent dryness and itching. Look for products that contain ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.
- Avoid triggers: If you know what triggers your itchy skin (such as pollen or mold spores), try to avoid them as much as possible.
- Try an OTC allergy itch cream with the active pharmaceutical ingredient hydrocortisone. These creams may help relieve itchiness and inflammation as you use them daily. The healing effect builds over time.
- Try a menthol cream that acts to cool the area that feels itchy.
- If you are an adult, use a numbing product with lidocaine (not for children) to reduce the sensation of itchiness. Be careful not to apply this product to large areas of the body. (Also, do not use lidocaine with babies or small children as it can cause severe harm or death. Overdose symptoms in babies or children include heart and brain injury, seizures, or even death.)
If you suffer from itchy skin caused by seasonal allergies and have tried these tips without relief, be sure to see a doctor. They can help you determine if an allergy causes your itchy skin and find long-lasting ways to combat the itch.
How Your ENT Doctor Can Help
Allergy treatments with your ENT doctor can help:
- Reduce fatigue from overactivity of your immune system
- Make your quality of living healthier
- Reduce your cost of office visits, medication, and loss of work and school.
Allergy treatments that take you into a future without hayfever or itchy skin from seasonal allergies include:
- Allergy injections (SCIT)
- Sublingual drops (SLIT)
- Sublingual tablets
These forms of long-lasting allergy treatments can boost the immune system for decades. Once treatment takes effect, you feel reduced fatigue and improved overall health.
After allergy therapies, you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about your exposure to allergy triggers. Once you’ve completed your course of treatment, there is less need for pharmaceutical intervention or continuous doctor visits.
With the right allergy therapies, you won’t feel forced to worry about whether you might face exposure to animals, pollens, grasses, etc., every time you leave your house. And you can say goodbye to itchy watering eyes, sneezing attacks, hives, chronic sinus infections, and eczema.
How Do ENT Allergy Treatments Work?
Allergy shots work by slowly exposing you to small amounts of the substance that triggers your allergies, whether they are sinus issues, itchy eyes, eczema, or hives. Shots help your body build up a tolerance to the allergen and can eventually make your allergies disappear entirely.
One of the latest allergy treatments, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), involves placing drops or tablets of an allergen extract under the tongue. The amount of allergen increases over time. You usually take sublinguals daily for several months, gradually decreasing the dose. SLIT reduces allergy symptoms, including hayfever and itchy skin.
We Can Help
At Enticare, our board-certified ENT doctors can treat your allergies at the root cause, providing permanent relief from allergies without daily medications or creams. We can also help you find the right combination of treatments to manage your seasonal allergies and itchy skin until longer-lasting therapies take effect. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
We look forward to helping you achieve long-term relief from your allergies!`Schedule a consultation today to get started on your journey to allergy-free living.