WHAT IS SKIN ASTHMA?
Skin asthma is called atopic dermatitis, commonly referred to as eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a disease that causes the skin to get very itchy and inflamed when irritated by an allergen. Many people who suffer from atopic dermatitis have to alter their lifestyles to avoid breaking out into severe rashes.
CAUSES OF SKIN ASTHMA
The exact symptoms for someone with eczema vary from person to person, but they usually all have dry, itchy skin. The skin can appear red and scaly, thick and leathery, bumpy, or it can leak fluid and become crusty and infected.
People with atopic dermatitis are commonly allergic to wool and synthetic fibers, soaps and detergents, chlorine, dust or sand, and cigarette smoke. Atopic dermatitis also tends to worsen when people are in stressful situations.
At some point, almost everyone suffers from skin irritation. The first step to treating itchy, dry, red skin is to figure out if there is an underlying allergy, or some other problem that is causing the flare-ups. By eliminating what the triggers are, you can find the best treatment option. This cause could range from seasonal allergies to contact dermatitis.
1. Identify the trigger. It’s virtually impossible to find a real lasting skin allergy treatment without figuring out what is triggering this allergy. Food allergies, exposure to dust, mold, or the outside elements can all be factors.
2. Moisturize your skin. Find a moisturizer that has anti-inflammatory properties, which can be prescribed by your doctor as part of a skin allergy treatment.
3. Think about dietary changes. Certain foods have been shown to improve the skin’s condition, naturally. Skin allergy treatment options could include eating more of these foods, such as flaxseed oil, avocados, walnuts, and anything high in vitamins A, C and E.
4. Use natural forms of seasonal allergy relief. Itchy skin can be soothed with natural treatments such as an oatmeal bath. If you have sensitive skin, always ask a dermatologist before taking any skin allergy treatment, however.
5. Exercise caution around pets. One of the leading causes of skin allergies is exposure to pet dander and fur. This may manifest itself in respiratory disorders, but skin problems are also quite common.
6. Use antihistamines. These medications are the most frequently prescribed by doctors for skin allergy treatment, because they reduce redness, itching, and other common symptoms of eczema, hives, or other flare-ups.
R. Y. MANABAT, R.N.