Pollen’s in spring, smog in summer, humidity in monsoon, and dry dust in winter. For millions of Indians, change of season brings along with it, its own set of irritants and activators that further exacerbates skin allergies. While life-threatening allergies should be discussed with your doctor; there are many simple home remedies for skin allergies that can alleviate some of your irritation.
There is a definite approach to determine whether your skin affliction is an allergy or not. If you are suffering from a skin problem due to a particular cause that has affected no one else but you, then it is certainly an allergic reaction. Let me explain this to you with an easy example: Several people may be exposed to dust, but if it affects only you in some or the other way, then you are definitely allergic.
Home Remedies for Skin Allergies:
Skin allergies could be in the form of itching, dry and scaly skin, eruptions, boils, rashes, etc.
1. Baking Soda:
Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water and soak the affected part into it for about 30 to 60 minutes and then let it air dry. Localized itches can be treated with a baking soda paste, for which you need 3 parts of baking soda and 1 part of water. Apply to the itch, but do not use if the skin is broken.
Add 1– 2 cups finely ground oatmeal to warm water (not hot water) to ease your itchy skin. Apply this mixture to your skin to get rid of allergy symptoms.
Lemon contains anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce itching. Squeeze unadulterated lemon juice on itchy skin and allow it to dry. You’ll be surprised by how fast you get relief with this easy skin allergy remedies.
4. Basil (Tulsi):
Splash your skin with refreshing basil infused water. Like cloves, basil too contains high quantity of eugenol, a topical anesthetic. Place 1/2 cup dried basil leaves in a jar of boiling water. Keep it covered and let it simmer till the quantity is reduced to half. Allow it to cool and then dip a clean cloth and apply it on your itchy skin regularly.
Mint contains significant amounts of menthol that has anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. It also contains high amounts of the anti-inflammatory rosmarinic acid that works marvelously on allergies. To make a mint reduction, place 1 cup dried mint leaves in a jar of boiling water. Cover and allow it to cool. Strain, dip a clean cloth in it, and apply to the itchy area when you are in the middle of an irritating itchy spell.
6. Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera is usually used for burns, but how about using it for itches? The components that reduce inflammation and blistering in burns, work to reduce itching too. Break a leaf of aloe vera, slice it down in the middle, and rub the gel only on the itchy area to get relief.
7. Fruit Peels:
Peels of a few fruits are very effective on skin allergies. Rub banana peel or watermelon rinds on the infected area, to liberate you from that itch and irritation associated with most types of allergies.
Bees produce honey and we use to relieve allergies! In order to gradually become inoculated against the irritating effects of pollen, you need to consume this golden syrup daily.
Pour some boiling water into a bowl, drape a towel over your head, and inhale deeply through your nose for 5 to 10 minutes. (Do not get your face too close to the water, as you may scald yourself.) You can also add some green tea or peppermint tea leaves to the water. If you are really clogged up, this well may be the thing you need.
10. Eucalyptus Oil:
The strong aroma of eucalyptus oil helps to open your sinuses and nasal passages. Add a few drops of this therapeutic oil to a bowl of steaming water, or on the floor of the shower, just before you step in. Remember, do not swallow the oil or apply it directly on your skin as it can be toxic in concentrated amounts.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Try not to scratch
- Avoid using cosmetics on the affected part
- Stop fidgeting or touching the allergy prone area
- Do not wear tight clothes
Say goodbye to itchy skin and use these simple skin allergy remedies to be allergy free. No more getting embarrassed of ill-timed itching, get a permanent solution to your allergy woes with the above mentioned home remedies.
Do you suffer from skin allergies? What do you do to get relief? Do share your experience with us in the comments section below!