Allergies are caused by the hyperactivity of the body’s immune system responding to stimuli. This stimuli triggers the body to react because the body assumes that there is foreign object and it is harmful. The body creates a cascade of reactions such as swelling, rash, itch and redness. In most individuals the body is able to recognize that the stimuli is not harmful hence not overreacting.
The allopathic system of medicine understands in beautiful depth and details of molecular interactions of how the allergies are mediated. As modern medicine unravels more and more molecular details, a few more questions are raised at the same time. Painstaking research has led us to know the link between the microbiome and allergies.
In traditional Ayurvedic approach, the role of gut and mind balance is given utmost importance. MySkinCare.in recommends adopting a comprehensive treatment that incorporates the traditional Ayurvedic approach on the role of the gut with the power of modern medicine.
The best treatment for allergies will depend on the severity and type of allergy. Most mild to moderate forms of allergy cases can be controlled with effective corticosteroids, sensitive skin care ranges, antihistamines, washes, medications and replacement of items that cause the trigger. Moderate to severe cases need specialist assessment from a dermatologist or immunologist via referral from a general practitioner.
There are a wide variety of causes of allergies and the best treatment for allergy is to prevent yourself from being exposed to these allergens. This can be very difficult in most cases. Sometimes it may be appropriate to take an antihistamine preventatively if you know that you may be exposed to the trigger causing the allergy. This may prevent the overload of histamine produced from your body and create such allergic reactions.
There are many newer anti-allergics like Belastine which do not cross the blood brain barrier and are much safer than some of the older generation and conventional anti-allergics.
The type of allergy and the severity of the allergy determines what treatment is necessary. Commonly patients who have allergies may also experience sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchiness and red eyes. It can happen seasonally or all year round. Treatment should begin with a corticosteroid nasal spray, antihistamine and saline rinse. At the same time allergen identification is important.
HIVES AND ALLERGIC RASHES
Compounded menthol cream:
Is effective in relieving the itchy, irritating rashes or hives on the body. It will cool down the skin. Keeping the prepration cool in a fridge always helps additionally.
Side effects: stinging, dryness
Antihistamines (Allegra or Cetirizine): One may take tablet as and when needed. If you know that you are going to be exposed to an allergen, take a tablet before being exposed as the antihistamine will be more effective. Antihistamines are effective in the treatment of hives and welts. The newer class of antihistamines are non-sedating and are great for using during the day. The older generation of anti-allergics have more drying side effects and can be more sedating. Caution is advised before taking them, before driving and operating heavy machinery.
Side effects: Fexofenadine or cetirizine are well tolerated and are rare to have side effects. Cetirizine may cause drowsiness.Side effects of Polaramine and Phenergan: sedation, dry mouth, dizziness, incoordination
If antihistamines have to be taken very often then check with your dermatologist or integrative medicine specialist to review underlying causes for recurrences.
The choice of makeup is an important step in preventing allergic reactions. Using the incorrect makeup may be irritating your skin. This can lead to dermatitis and inflammation of the skin.
There are different grades of mineral make-up. It's important for you to look for a high grade mineral makeup that is tested and is free from preservatives, talcs, fragrances, heavy metals. Premium grade mineral makeup allows the skin to breathe naturally and prevents your skin from having reactions to the additives within the cosmetic.
High grade mineral makeup has a low risk of having chemical and photo-sensitivities. As an added bonus, look for mineral makeup that has a SPF, so that in the long term you are protecting yourself from UV damage. Do your research, as not all mineral makeup are same. A high grade mineral makeup will be backed by research and testing. If you have allergy prone skin, hydration is the key to keeping your skin allergy free.