You are in the middle of a sales presentation when you begin to feel a itch starting on the scalp. Within half an hour, breaking out in hives , the itch has spread to the lips and the neck. Caught in a bind without medication, you sense your customers shifting their chairs slightly away from where you are. You are caught with a sudden attack of a skin allergy, unprepared and embarrassed.
Skin allergies is one of the most common problems that afflict a fifth of the population. An allergic attack causes social awkwardness, inconvenience and may even cause you lost opportunities. On top of all these, medication may cause drowsiness and give many unproductive hours to your day.
A proper understanding to the cause and source of your skin allergies will help you to manage the problem better. Most allergies are triggered when the skin is exposed to the sun, heat or extreme cold. Stress is one of the most common culprits and it is not uncommon to get a bout of hives just as the all-important examination draws near. Spring cleaning may be more challenging to some who are allergic to dust or mites. A leisurely swim at the beach may cause breakouts, pulling the brakes to a fun weekend. You may have to give up the new leotards because the skin is allergic to pressure. Worst of all, a ride in that new car with the treated leather seat will have to wait because of chemical allergies.
Skin allergies present classic symptoms of rashes or hives, intolerable itch most often if not, swollen lips or numbness around affected areas. In severe cases, the skin bumps turn into liquid filled pustules on the palms and feet, making the very act of walking or holding tools painful.
The road to recovery or managing it without a life of medication can be a long process. It is essential to start off by pinning down the cause of the allergy. Unfortunately not all allergies can be ascertained by the prick test. Besides keeping a detailed log of your food intake, it is also a good idea to maintain an emotional diary to keep track of events and emotional state. It may also be due to an external factor such as dust or heat or allergens. Or perhaps it is prolonged stress that manifests itself as a skin allergy.
The dermatologist is most likely the person you may wish to consult regarding your problem. Creams may be prescribed to be applied topically or oral antihistamines to control the symptoms at the onset of an allergy attack. While some medications present drawbacks including drowsiness and male sterility with extensive use, a new arsenal of medication are being introduced to address such concerns. Hopefully improvement in these medications will improve the quality of life in sufferers.
Ultimately, the best doctor may be yourself. As even with skin allergies, there are also success stories. With a little patience, vigilance and a keen observation of your everyday life, skin allergy can be a thing of the past.