Allergies and Your Skin

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Fall is finally here – both on the calendar and in the temperatures. While fall brings football, tailgating, bonfires, and an enjoyable reprieve from the oppressive summer heat, it can also bring miserable symptoms to those with allergies.

Hay Fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, refers to cold-like symptoms that appear as a result of airborne allergies. Sneezing, congestion, and watery eyes are all allergic reactions to airborne particles such as pollen or other particles from plants. However, skin irritation or rash is another, less familiar, symptom of hay fever.

Most people think of getting an allergic rash from actually brushing up against something that irritates their skin. However, what people forget is that your skin comes into direct contact with air and airborne particles at all times when it is not covered. Fall typically brings blustery days. These windy days stir up particles from plants such as golden rod and other fall blooming plants. When these particles come into contact with your skin, they can easily cause an allergic reaction.

One of the main symptoms of hay fever is generalized itchiness. This symptom is not well known, despite it being extremely common. Because itchiness tends to cause you to scratch your skin, scratching can easily lead to skin irritation. Any type of skin irritation can cause an infection to occur simply because it leaves the inner layers of skin exposed. Combine this vulnerable skin with other allergy symptoms, and you can have a recipe for a miserable fall season.

At Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta, Dr. Jamie Weisman is dedicated to helping patients find the relief they need from all of their skin conditions. Dr. Weisman is a nationally recognized dermatologist who has dedicated herself to providing superior and patient-centered care. Our practice is equipped to handle the skin care needs of your entire family. Please call us today to find the relief you need.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.