Easy to follow Tips for Skin Allergy ( The medical term for itching is pruritis)
Allergies occur when the immune system reacts abnormally to certain stimuli. Reactions may occur in one spot such as a small localized skin rash , itchy eyes or all over as urticaria. It is an inflammatory reaction to your skin and the source of that inflammation is very likely be the foods that you are putting through your mouth into your digestive system. The most effective and affordable option is to strictly remove the suspected foods from your diet and observe changes.
Another more causes of red and itchy skin :- Eczema, Psoriasis, Allergies, Insect bites, Excessive sweating, Soaps , Detergent , Shampoos or Cosmetics that do not suit your skin can also lead to rashes. It may be a symptom of certain fungal, bacterial or viral infection as well.
Natural Home Remedies are :-
Cold Applications – Because cold and itch travel along the same nerve fiber. The use of cold things jams the circuit and deadens the itch.
-Cool water either by running tap water over the affected area or pour water with a bottle from the refrigerator.
Coconut oil – whether due to dry skin or an insect bite - whatever the cause of the itch, coconut oil works wonder.
Aloe vera – It soothes the skin and relieves swelling and irritation . Break off a leaf from the plant and cut it open lengthwise from top to bottom with a knife. Scoop out the gel inside and rub it directly on the irritated skin.
Fresh Basil Leaves – It contains anti itch compounds called camphor and thymol . Crush up the leaves and rub directly onto the skin . Rubbing the leaves onto the skin satisfies the compulsive urge to scratch.
Turmeric - Add a little turmeric powder to some coconut oil and apply on the itchy area . It helps to heal the rashes naturally. As you know turmeric is packed with anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties . So it soothes the rashes and relieves itching.
Petroleum Jelly – If your skin is of the sensitive type , the best remedy is petroleum jelly . It is safe as well as inexpensive . So you do not have to worry about how often you apply it.
Fruit peels :- Banana/ watermelon peels are very helpful in rashes. Bananas are loaded with anti oxidant compounds which when applied to your skin can help reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with allergies. Potassium in bananas also helps restore a healthy fluid balance to the affected skin.
Apple cider vinegar – Drink a glass of water with 1 tbs apple cider vinegar and 1 tbs of honey. This is a good natural remedy for skin allergy.
Honey – Even having simple honey daily helps to strengthen the immunity.
Green Tea – It is one of the easiest and effective natural allergy remedies. What you have to do is , just soak a tea bag of green tea in a cup , like you normally would . Then rub the tea bag over the affected area of the skin. It helps reduce the swelling, redness, irritation etc. from the skin allergy.
Diet Plan :-A healthy diet helps to protect you from allergies. It is important to boost immunity by consuming healthy and nutritious foods.
Taking diet as rich in natural foods such as fresh fruits , vegetables and drinking at least 8- 10 glasses of fresh water every day. Drink fruit juices and vegetable juices everyday to detoxify the body.
Nuts – Rich in vitamin E help to strengthen immunity.
Eat food rich in vitamin B and C ( tomatoes oranges are rich source of vitamin C) that is helpful in the prevention of skin allergies.
An apple a day does not exactly keep the pollen allergy away but a powerful combo of compounds found in apples are very helpful in allergy. This is my personal experience when I eat an apple within 5 minutes my blocked sinuses open and I feel relaxed.
Red grapes – powerful antioxidants are found in the skin of red grapes . It has also anti inflammatory property.
Quercetin is known to be one of the best natural remedies for allergies. It is found in onions, parsley, olive oil , apples and grapes.
Avoid spicy foods.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Note – Itching itself is not associated with long term problems and most causes of itching are temporary and resolve on their own. If you have a rash that does not improve or go away with in a few days and the itch is disturbing one’s sleep, you should consult a doctor.
Avoid stress – Meditation do helps in reducing the skin allergies.
Avoid using cosmetic products on the skin that contain harmful chemicals . If the use of cosmetic products cannot be avoided then it is better to go in for natural herbal based cosmetic products that suit your skin texture.
Natural remedies are safer than most conventional treatments such as lotion, steroids and anti histamines.
Dr. Suman Setia , BAMS, DNHE, PGDHHM