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Skin allergies

Skin rash caused by an allergic reaction

Itchy eyes and a runny nose are not the only reaction that allergens can cause. Urticaria (also known as hives) is an inflammation of the skin, which is triggered when the immune system releases histamine. The histamine causes blood vessels to leak, and the skin to swell. This can leave you with itchy, red and white bumps or welts that range in size and can appear anywhere on the body.

Two types of uticaria exist:

  1. Acute urticaria can occur upon eating specific food or coming into contact with a trigger. It can also result from other factors such as heat, exercise, medication reactions or insects.
  2. Chronic urticaria is an ongoing reaction that could be caused by many different triggers. It can last for years.

The good news is that although these hives can be uncomfortable or even painful, they are not contagious and can often be minimized and treated.

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Tips for managing skin allergies

If you do have skin allergies there are a number of ways to help minimise the impact:

Itchy skin can be a symptom of allergies


Avoiding the cause of your allergy is often a good solution. Particularly with skin allergies, if the cause can be identified your best chance of reducing symptoms is to avoid the trigger all together.

Calm your rash

Showering to help manage allergies

If the trigger is unavoidable, using a cool compress or a cold shower can help to calm an itchy rash. Pat dry to avoid irritating the skin even more.

Apply natural treatment

Ground down oatmeal powder mixed with water can be a good natural remedy for some people. Always mix with warm (not hot) water.

Let it breathe

Don’t wear tight clothes, these can rub and irritate your rash. Instead wear loose clothing that gives your skin space.

If you are still suffering you may require medication.Find out more about the allergy treatment options available to you.