It’s Allergy Awareness Week. Let’s focus on raising awareness on allergic eczema this year!
Allergies are a common problem with an estimation of 21 million people being affected in the UK alone. More worryingly, the incidence of allergy is increasing by 5% each year, affecting more children.
Eczema, also called dermatitis, is one of the key symptoms of allergy. If left untreated or poorly managed, eczema can break the skin barrier, increasing the risk of allergic sensitisation.
Most types of eczema are not induced by allergies. However, it can flare up when you are around the stuffs that can cause an allergic reaction. When an allergen comes in contact with your body, your immune system over-reacts to the allergens that are otherwise not harmful to some people.
The exaggerated response of your body’s immune system to allergens – such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods or certain medicines – increases the secretion of histamine, a chemical that causes inflammation in the body. Eventually, you might get skin rashes with itching, swelling, redness and burning.
Children with allergic eczema are more likely to be caused by certain foods such as eggs, peanuts or milk. Food allergies can often aggravate eczema symptoms in children.
Avoid allergens to prevent flare-ups
To manage allergic eczema, you need to take your allergy medicine and moisturise your skin as prescribed by your GP. It is important to stay away from the allergen that is causing eczema. Make sure you avoid things that irritate your skin, such as soaps, detergents, chemicals, perfume, wool, etc.
At the same time, avoid allergy triggering factors like dust mites, mould, pollen, pet dander, etc. to prevent eczema flare-ups. You can try cleaning your bedsheets, pillows and actresses, avoid physical contact with pets and stay indoors when the pollen count is high.
If you experience eczema induced by allergy, you can apply Eurax Itch Cream that provides instant relief. However, it is advisable to see your GP if you have persistent allergic eczema.