HOW DO YOU RELIEVE A SKIN ALLERGY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS•
Posted on October 23 2017
Red patches, small pimples, itching, hives or contact eczema may be manifestations of a skin allergy. The possible allergens are many and varied, but among the most common are the nickel often present in costume jewelry, certain preservatives or perfumes present in cosmetics, chemical hair color, latex, or even the hair or venoms of certain animals.
Discover the best essential oils and vegetable oils to soothe skin allergies and calm itchy hives, and follow our advice and natural recipes to fight against contact eczema.
The simple solution to soothe a skin allergy with German Chamomile essential oil
Make the mixture in the palm of your hand.
Do not use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, or in children under 6 years old. Do not use in case of allergy to Asteraceae.
The natural remedy to calm skin allergies with essential oils
Do not use in pregnant or lactating women, or in children under 6 years of age, or in people with epilepsy. Do not use in case of allergy to Asteraceae.
How does a skin allergy occur?
Allergies are hypersensitivity reactions of our body to certain substances: allergens. Upon contact, our immune system reacts violently with an inappropriate response. Allergies are triggered in 2 stages:
- after the first contact: an awareness phase during which no symptoms are detectable
- then a revelation phase, during which the symptoms are triggered, and which may appear on the second contact, or after repeated exposure to the allergen.
Skin allergies are mainly due to skin contact with an allergen. Common contact allergens are nickel from earrings and piercings, chromium from tanned leathers, paraphenylenediamine in hair colors, certain preservatives or perfumes in cosmetic products, venom from wasps or hornets, latex ...Skin reactions are also frequent in the case of food allergies or allergies to drugs, and can also be associated with allergic rhinitis in the context of a respiratory allergy (to pollens, mites, molds, etc.), especially in people with atopic terrain.
How to recognize a skin allergy?
A skin allergy manifests as a rash, most commonly in the form of contact eczema, also called allergic contact dermatitis. The reaction is then characterized by the appearance of slightly raised or grainy red plaques which itch. The lesions are often dry and can become scaly. Small, fluid-oozing vesicles may also appear. The rash is localized where the skin has been in contact with the allergen, for example around the neck or at the earlobe in the case of nickel allergies in costume jewelry, or level of the scalp and ears in the case of an allergy to a hair dye.
More rarely, an allergic reaction can also result in hives: the rash then appears in the form of pink or red patches in relief, which appear quickly and can disappear or move during the day. These lesions look like nettle stings and are usually associated with severe itching. Unlike contact eczema, which is a delayed reaction, hives may appear immediately on contact with a substance, but the mechanism of hives is rarely of an allergic-type.
If the rash is accompanied by swelling or respiratory symptoms (asthma, difficulty breathing), consult an emergency doctor, it may be angioedema which is a medical emergency.
How to calm the itching?
Allergic dermatitis and urticaria can lead to severe itching and an irresistible urge to scratch. To prevent scratching lesions, avoid scratching with the nails, and cut the nails short. If you absolutely cannot refrain from scratching, do so with the palm of your hand, to avoid injuring the skin and maintaining pruritus.
In the case of itchy red patches or itchy spots, spray Peppermint Hydrosol that you have stored in the refrigerator. The fresh effect combined with the anesthetic and refreshing properties of mint help relieve itching.
To relieve the itching and calm the rashes, try this grandmother's remedy: take a bath with 1 to 2 tablespoon (s) of colloidal oat powder. This natural remedy with soothing and softening properties also works wonders for relieving atopic skin.
How long does a skin allergy last?
If the allergen is identified, the allergic reaction should subside a few days after contact with the allergen has stopped. If symptoms persist for more than 5 days or if you cannot identify the cause of the allergy, consult a doctor.
The hives plaques usually disappear within 24 to 48 hours, then can reappear, sometimes in other places. An acute hives attack can last 2 to 4 days.
How to relieve eczema?
People with a tendency to have allergies sometimes have what is called "atopic" skin, with a dry tendency and which may be prone to atopic eczema. Unlike contact allergic eczema, which occurs where the skin has been in contact with the allergen, atopic eczema occurs by flare-ups without there necessarily being a triggering allergen, and is most often located at the folds (elbows, knees, neck), on the hands or on the face.
It is better to be careful with essential oils in people with allergies or with atopic skin, as there may also be allergies to essential oils or to certain plants, such as those of the Asteraceae family. Always carry out a test in the bend of the elbow of your preparations 48 hours before the first use. Use essential oils that are very soft and soothing, like German chamomile The Roman chamomile, or Lavender, avoid too complex synergies where it will be difficult to identify the ingredient responsible for any reaction and be careful not to introduce many essential oils at a time.
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