Fall is coming upon us and for those of us who live in agricultural regions, allergies are as well. We think of allergies as red swollen eyes, sniffles and coughs but they also manifest in skin conditions. Eczema and psoriasis are the two most common. Environmental conditions such defoliation, crop harvesting chemicals as well as temperature and weather changes can wreak havoc on our skin. Many of my clients complain about dry skin patches, flakiness, acne type breakouts, itchy and irritated skin, just to name a few. Contact dermatitis conditions such as eczema and psoriasis are usually more prevalent in the fall.
Oxygen facials are great treatments to relieve dry, flaky skin and calm down any swelling or redness. Cortisone creams are usually the best at home treatment. It reduces the swelling and irritation and will eliminate the symptoms within two to three days.
There’s not much one can do if living in these types of environmental regions but identifying the cause of the symptom can help in treating it. There are so many sites on the internet one can go to to learn about different skin allergy conditions and how to treat them. Do some research and help protect yourself from those nasty allergens. I’ve also included some tips below that you may find useful. If you’d like to comment or have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.
TIPS ON DEALING WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES:
- Saline solutions for both nasal and eye areas are great in helping prevent sinus infections and minimizing runny, itchy eyes. Health food stores offer a variety of natural type products.
- Increase your Vitamin C intake by 1000-3000 mg a day while allergy season is at it’s worst. It builds up your immune system and allows your body to naturally fend off allergy attacks and bacterial infections. It’s a great way to help prevent or at least, shorten colds.
NOTE: It’s best to increase vitamin C intake in increments of 1000 mg. If your stools become loose, continue at that amount until they normalize and then increase by another 1000 mg and repeat the process until you have reached the desired dosage.
- My favorite preventative remedy is a 60 oz glass of warm salt water mixed with 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil added after warming the water. Gargle 3-4 times at the first sign of infection and continue until all symptoms are gone. Do not swallow solution as Tea Tree Oil is not meant to be ingested but if you should swallow a small amount, don’t worry, an occasional swallow won’t hurt you! It’s also great for sore, irritated gums and canker sores in the mouth. Mix Tea Tree Oil with toothpaste and brush normally. You will notice instant relief.
Try these out when your allergies start acting up and hopefully you will find some relief from pesky irritations and infections…maybe you will even be able to smell the roses!