Allergies come in many guises. However, one thing they all have in common is that they generally affect multiple systems of the body—and that includes detrimental blemishes and problems with your skin. 

Read on to discover how and why allergies have such an effect and what you can do to reduce or even get rid of them altogether.

From rashes to hives and everything in-between

The definition of an allergy is when the body has a hypersensitive immune response to a particular substance. This could be something airborne (such as pollen), ingested (peanuts), touched (fur), or injected (a drug or bee sting). When this happens, the body reacts by over-producing antibodies, causing reactions, such as sneezing, wheezing, inflammation, coughing, localized or generalized swelling, watery eyes, and, when it comes to the skin, rashes, hives (urticaria), blisters, itching, and more. For many, allergies are seasonal. However, it depends on what the trigger is—for some, allergy issues continue throughout the year. No matter what is the case, many strategic steps can be undertaken to reduce the effects they have on the skin.

The first step to dealing with skin allergies is to determine what the trigger is. You might react to a single allergen or multiple different ones. It might be obvious—for instance, you might get a rash whenever you eat wheat-based products. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know the causes of an outbreak. This makes partnering with an allergist and/or dermatologist a key part of managing your skin allergy. Once you know the cause, you can more easily achieve the most basic of all skin allergy strategies—avoiding the trigger as much as possible.
Skin allergies can make your life a misery and seeking professional advice is crucial to effectively reduce symptoms. Once the trigger is known, it becomes far easier to take the necessary steps to prevent the problem from occurring. You can’t help having an allergy, but you can put an effective control strategy in place. This will improve the quality of your skin and its look and feel as well. 

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