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Spring can be a beautiful time of the year. As the weather warms up and the sun shines a little more often, the flowers start to bud and blossom, the trees begin to flourish, and the grass gets greener. However, for many, springtime also means troublesome seasonal allergies.
For many, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about seasonal allergies is sneezing and itchy eyes, but the skin can suffer as well. From distracting rashes to itchy skin, here’s what you can do to combat seasonal skin allergies.
What are Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies are a result of pollen, spores, or other allergens that fill the air. When an allergen enters your body, the immune system overreacts and begins to attack the allergen as it would bacteria or a virus. This reaction prompts the release of histamine, which causes common allergy symptoms you’re likely well acquainted with, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and irritated skin.
Furthermore, in many cases, when springtime allergies flare up, this can simultaneously trigger a flare-up of other skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, as these are often connected to the immune system.
How Do Springtime Allergies Affect the Skin?
Springtime allergies can show up on the skin as:
- Hives or a Rash
Additionally, springtime allergies can result in puffy, itchy eyes. Our dermatologists can help you address all these symptoms through effective treatment and prevention methods.
How to Treat Springtime Skin Allergies
Treatment for springtime skin allergies generally consists of three parts: avoidance, medication, and immunotherapy. At Cumberland Skin, we help our patients address springtime skin allergies through effective medication and avoidance tactics.
- Use allergy medication. Our experienced dermatologists frequently prescribe allergy medications or shots to help calm allergic reactions to springtime pollen.
- Uncover your allergy triggers. Did you know individuals can have different springtime allergies? It’s best to first uncover what you’re allergic to. We can help you do so through a procedure called patch testing. Contact us to learn more.
- Avoid your allergy triggers. Once you know what is causing your springtime skin allergies, you can take the necessary steps to avoid your allergy triggers.
- Keep your windows closed. Opening a few windows is a great way to get air circulating throughout your home. However, this can also let outside pollen in. We generally recommend keeping your windows closed to avoid letting in spring allergens.
- Shower regularly. It’s important to regularly wash off any allergens you may have on your skin. We recommend showering before bedtime to clean your skin and hair so you aren’t breathing in any harmful allergens while you sleep.
- Wash your sheets regularly. Pollen, spores, and other allergens can stick to your sheets, which means you’re breathing them in all night. Make sure to regularly wash your sheets to ensure they’re free of allergens.
Springtime Skin Allergy Treatment Plan at Cumberland Skin
If you have found that nothing seems to work for your springtime skin allergies, it is best to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a personalized allergy treatment plan.
At Cumberland Skin, our team of doctors are experienced in helping individuals uncover their triggers and optimally treat their allergies for a more comfortable spring season. Contact us to schedule an appointment today with one of our dermatologists in Central Tennessee.
Dermatology Treatments in Lebanon, Hermitage, and Hendersonville, TN
Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery, and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website or give us a call today at 615-449-5771.