Allergic reactions can go from 0 to 100 in an instant. When the throat begins to close and the skin becomes covered in red, bumpy blisters, you know there is a problem.
Many people tend to brush off small bumps on their skin because they know it hasn’t caused any harm in the past, so it is just another average day to them. That may not always be the case. Allergy season has crept up on us quicker than ever. Being used to the cold for 8 months of the year, the window for allergies is now open.
Let’s start with the basics.
What is an allergic reaction?
An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system over-reacts to food proteins or something in the air (pet dander, pollen, etc.) that sets off a cascade of events in the body. Our immune system gets a “taste” of this allergen and immediately overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). Seconds later, the IgE being released travels to cells that then release chemicals causing an allergic reaction.
Most Common Allergic Skin Conditions & Treatments?
There are several types of allergic skin conditions people experience. Here is a list of the most common conditions and what they entail.
- Swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that result in an itchy sensation
- “Blanching” (when pressed, the center of a red hive turns white)
- Avoid known triggers (food, medications, insect stings/bites, latex, pet dander, pollen)
- Dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
- Moisturize your skin daily
- Use anti-itch cream
- Take an oral allergy or anti-itch medication
- Choose mild and unscented soaps and beauty products
- Usually associated with hives but not in all cases
- Swelling in and below the deep part of the skin’s inner layer
- Avoid known triggers
- Over-the-counter antihistamines
- Inflammation of the skin that produces a red, scaly, itchy rash
- Prescription corticosteroid cream or an oral antihistamine to relieve itching
Being located in New York City, hundreds of allergens are floating around in the air we breathe, triggering allergic reactions and worsening asthma symptoms. Your Allergy Experts are here to help and treat your conditions. Call us today at (212) 517-3300 or book an appointment online!