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.
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.
Antihistamines can 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.
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 gradually sprinkle your colloidal oatmeal into the running water. Soak in the bath for twenty minutes, and remember to moisturise your skin when you get out. Your skin should be soft and glowy, soothed by the antioxidant properties of oatmeal.
3. Moisturisers & Emollients
Moisturisers and emollients are vitally important for those who suffer from skin conditions. In order to repair the skin’s moisture barrier, you need to choose a thick cream, such as aqueous cream or E45. They will provide an extra layer of moisture for your skin, and help to heal the dryness caused by the hay fever rash.
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 you can be prescribed a higher percentage by your GP if they recommend it.
Immunotherapy may be an option for you if none of the above remedies help to soothe your hay fever rash. Your body will be 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.
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