How To Soothe A Hay Fever Rash

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen entering the body through the nasal passages. The body reacts in a number of ways, most commonly through a runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. A less common reaction is a hay fever rash, in which itchy red bumps appear on the skin, causing discomfort. For those who already suffer from skin conditions, having hay fever can only worsen the symptoms. Read on for our advice on how to soothe a hay fever rash…

Remedies for a hay fever rash

There are many remedies to help soothe and heal your hay fever rash, from tablets to moisturising creams. We have rounded up five remedies for a hay fever rash below. 

1. Antihistamines

Antihistamines help to soothe a hay fever rash and relieve the itchiness. Different ingredients work for different people – the main ingredients in store-bought antihistamines are cetirizine, fexofenadine, and loratadine. If one ingredient isn’t working for you, be sure to try out the others – your pharmacist or GP will be best placed to help point you in the right direction.

2. Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal is known for its soothing properties, and when ground into a fine powder – called colloidal oatmeal – it can help to calm skin conditions and rashes. Run a warm bath and sprinkle your colloidal oatmeal into the running water, then lie back and soak in the bath for 20 minutes. Afterwards, once you’re relaxed and the oatmeal has had time to work, hop out and dry off, but don’t forget to moisturise your skin (more on that below!). Your skin should be soft and glowing, soothed by the antioxidant properties of oatmeal. 

3. Moisturisers & Emollients 

Moisturisers and emollients are vitally important for those who suffer from skin conditions. Therefore, in order to repair the skin’s moisture barrier, you need to choose a thick cream, such as aqueous cream or E45. These creams provide an extra layer of moisture for your skin, and help to heal the dryness caused by the hay fever rash. There are so many on the market that it can be tricky to know where to start, but there are two ways to go – a ‘natural’ one with as few ingredients as possible, so that you’re not adding anything that might irritate your hay fever rash further, or an over-the-counter cream from a pharmacist that’s been specially formulated for irritated skin.

4. Steroid Creams

Steroid cream, or hydrocortisone, may be prescribed to you if regular moisturisers aren’t helping to heal your hay fever rash. Pharmacies sell creams of up to 1%, but GPs can prescribe a higher percentage one if they recommend it. These should generally only be used short term; this is fine if you’re experiencing symptoms over a short hay fever season, but it’s an ongoing problem for a big portion of the year, then a it might not the solution for you.

5. Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy may be an option for you if none of the above remedies help to soothe your hay fever rash. Your body is gradually introduced to the allergen and, over time, your allergies will reduce. This can only be performed by a licensed professional in a specialist clinic, as there is a chance that you could have an adverse reaction, so be sure to seek medical advice if this is the way you want to go.


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