Puffy eyes, runny nose, and plenty of sneezing– treating allergy symptoms may not be difficult, but it isn’t pretty either. While allergy season is at its highest during spring, that doesn’t mean it won’t affect those with sensitive allergies throughout the year. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, over 50 million Americans have some form of allergies, which is why many are wondering how to protect their skin and keep their allergies controlled. Fortunately, allergy season doesn’t have to result in dry, flaky skin. Here’s how to treat and protect your skin when allergies attack.
Understand the triggers
From the foods we eat to changes of weather, many factors can trigger allergy symptoms. The most common are dust mites, mold, animal dander, latex, pollen, medication, and food. You may assume that your friend’s dog, new plant, or dust under the bed may be the culprit. While that is a good start, it’s best to start keeping track of your symptoms, when they start, how long they last, and what’s worked in treating them. This article does a good job of explaining the type of allergy symptoms for lovers of the outdoors, camping and hiking.
Moisturize dry skin
Allergies can affect your skin by making it dry and flakey, as a result of trying to ward off foreign irritants. Irritated skin is a common result of a runny nose, making the skin feel raw, tender, and even bleed. For those who experience dry skin caused by allergies, consider the daily products you use. You can protect the skin by using facial tissue wipes with aloe to calm the area, fight inflammation, and protect it from irritation.
Soothe and conceal
Allergies cause leaks in capillary beds, which often leads to swelling. Not to mention, allergic reactions can cause the eyes to become red and itchy on top of feeling puffy. To help soothe puffy eyes, place a cool metal spoon over the eyelids while you rest. Also, use an eye cream that contains green tea, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid to help soothe irritation and conceal puffy, dark circles.
- Avoiding dusty window fans
- Keeping windows closed to avoid allergens
- Limit time outdoors during the spring season
Lastly, treat allergy symptoms from within. Once you discover the common triggers, you will learn how to prevent the onset, what products to avoid, and how to treat them in the future.