There are plenty of triggers that cause allergies and congestion, but how can allergies affect one’s skin? Additionally, why are some times of the year fine while others can be miserable for those with allergies, and how can allergies affect those with skin conditions like psoriasis?
Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it’s impossible to enjoy the outdoors when you suffer from fall allergies. Here’s what you need to know.
No matter what time of year, there is a possibility of susceptibility to allergens and what they do to your skin. Many skin allergies show up as hives on the skin. Hives are a raised, red skin rash that is usually itchy and can even have a burning sensation. It can be difficult to find the cause of hives, but speaking to a dermatologist can help you treat them as soon as possible. They will likely recommend an antihistamine or topical cream. Remember to only use what is recommended by a professional so that you can avoid further allergic reactions.
Though the mechanism for an allergy is typically the same in spring and fall, the main difference is the cause. In the spring, skin is usually bothered by grass and pollen. In the fall, the triggers could be ragweed and even mold. Ragweed causes a rash, also known as contact dermatitis. This rash can appear all over the body, wherever there was contact with the ragweed. It results in a red bumpy rash. Mold can cause inflammation of the skin and leave you feeling uncomfortable and cause a rash.
Luckily, both ragweed and mold allergies can be mitigated with antihistamines and allergy topicals. Before trying anything, you’ll want to make sure you speak with a dermatologist. This is especially important if you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis so that you don’t induce flare-ups. Your dermatologist will recommend a treatment plan formulated to reduce allergy issues with skin without causing disruption to pre-existing conditions.
If you have a skin condition or are simply sick of having allergy issues with your skin in the fall, you may also want to look into allergy testing at a dermatologist’s office. An allergy test will determine what substances you’re allergic to so that you can be proactive in either avoiding them or having medication on hand after exposure. This can be especially beneficial for those with pre-existing skin conditions so that you reduce the itchiness caused by hives and rashes and don’t further inflame your skin.
No matter what time of year, allergies can stop you in your tracks. But there is something particularly off-putting about allergies in the fall. Instead of toughing it out and being miserable, talk to a certified dermatologist. They can offer solutions that are perfect for your skin needs while also reducing future issues. If you’re in the greater Cincinnati area, contact us today so we can help this fall!