Skin allergies are caused when our immune system reacts to a supposed threat that is harmless. One can even get allergies if they have sensitive skin or are allergic to certain food items. While there are various reasons for skin allergies, common symptoms include itching, redness, swelling, bumps, etc.
A doctor visit might help you treat the allergy correctly; age-old traditions and medications will naturally help cure your allergy efficiently. Here are some tips and home remedies to help you heal your allergy naturally.
Treat your skin allergies at home
- Avoid contact
We are often reprimanded by our elders not to touch the allergy. Avoiding touching the allergy area not only triggers your allergy but can also spread to other parts of your body. So, resist the urge to scratch the affected area and apply anti-itch powder, cream, or prescribed medication provided by the doctor, if any. Disinfect your hands as soon as you touch the infected area.
- Cold Shower
A cold shower or cool compress will help calm the rash. Pat your skin dry and then moisturize. A cold shower shrinks your blood vessels and does not allow the histamine to pop out. It also reduces the severity and the symptoms of the allergy. You can get relief for short periods of time.
- Add Anti-itch cream
Anti-itch cream is readily available in the market but used only after prior consultation from the doctor; else, you might end up aggravating the allergy than reducing the inflammation. Calamine lotion or any other anti-itch cream can be used to reduce the allergic reaction.
- Baggy clothes
Baggy clothes provide passage of air and also won’t trigger your rash. On the other hand, tight clothes might trigger inflammation and cause more harm than reduce the allergy. Keep your clothes in a clean space because clothes can also be transmitters of pollens and other allergy causing bacteria.
We’ve curated some simple home remedies that would help reduce and treat the allergy.
Oatmeal is considered one of the best ingredients to soothe allergic reactions. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components that ease the rashes. You can make a quick oatmeal scrub or poultice.
- Take a cup of oatmeal and coarsely grind it.
- Add this coarsely grounded oatmeal in a bathtub of lukewarm water.
- Mix the oatmeal thoroughly
- Get in the bathtub and immerse your body.
- Gently massage your body using the oatmeal for a few minutes.
- Relax in the bathtub for 30 minutes and rinse yourself with a cold shower
- Take ¼ cup of oatmeal and coarsely ground it.
- Now, in a bowl, add the oatmeal and distilled water one tablespoon at a time.
- Keep mixing and adding water until you get a smooth paste.
- Now, gently apply the paste to the affected area.
- Bandage the affected area with a wet cloth
- You can even add your favorite essential oil.
- Let the bandage sit for 30 minutes.
- Remove the cloth and gently rinse the area with cold water.
- Now, moisturize the treated area.
A common ingredient used in baking, baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the skin and balance its pH level. Here are two recipes that you can make using baking soda
Baking Soda Paste
- Take the required quantity of baking soda in a bowl.
- Now, slowly add enough water to make a thick, spreadable paste.
- Apply this paste on the itchy area
- Leave it on the skin for about 10 minutes.
- Gently rinse off with cold water.
- If you want to moisturize the area while treating it, opt for coconut oil instead of water
Baking Soda Bath
- Take 1 cup baking soda in a bathtub.
- Fill the tub with lukewarm water
- Fully immerse yourself in the water and rest for 15 minutes.
- Now, rinse yourself with cold water.
Various plants and herbs have medicinal properties that have been used for a long time. These plants and herbs have now attained new respect as natural practitioners recommend them to cure the inflammation.
One such plant is aloe vera. The slimy gel inside aloe vera helps reduce inflammation and soothe the itch and other skin issues. Other herbs that help reduce inflammation are basil, chamomile, neem, to name a few.