There’s pollen in spring, dust in summer and dry dust in winter; the change in seasons brings its own set of irritants and reactors for millions of us that can worsen skin allergy. In India, about 25% of the population suffer from at least one or the other skin allergies.

The immune system is well equipped to find and fight pathogenic organisms like bacteria and viruses. However, an oversensitive immune system could turn its overwhelming powers against seemingly harmless substances like latex, pet dander or poison ivy. These substances are called allergens. This results in allergic reactions like hay fever, food allergy or skin allergies.

There are different types of skin allergy. It includes eczema or atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, hives or urticaria and swelling or angioedema.

Signs and symptoms of skin allergy

Raised bumps
Flaking of skin
Cracked skin (from drying)

The best way to avert a skin allergy is to avoid contact with the allergen.

Natural ways to get quick relief from itchy skin allergies

1.Cold Shower

Cold bath helps reduce skin irritation and allergies. A cold shower helps your blood vessels to shrink and doesn’t allow histamine to come out. It also reduces the severity and skin irritation of the allergic reaction.

2.Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil does wonders as a great moisturizer. Rich in vitamin E, helps to heal and repair the skin after allergic issues and reduces itching. This remedy is best when compared to chemical laden moisturizers.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent home remedy for skin allergy. It aids in removing skin rashes, relieves itching and prevents further inflammation of the skin.

Expert Tips

Make a paste by mixing half a teaspoon of baking soda in some water. Apply to the affected area and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Do not leave it on for longer as baking soda itself could cause more irritation.

4.Medicinal Plants and herbs (Aloe Vera, Neem, Basil, Calendula, Coriander)

Aloe Vera is a great choice to manage allergies as it possesses strong antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-irritant properties. The fleshy gel of aloe soothes allergy.

Expert Tips

Use neem, basil, and coriander leaves to make a paste and apply it on the affected parts. Leave it for an hour and then rinse it with water. These are good to clear off allergies. Do not use soap or cleansers.

5.Apple Cider Vinegar

The antiseptic and anti-irritant properties of apple cider vinegar reduces itching, moisturizes skin and can soothes it. Use the raw, organic variety of the vinegar and spread it over the affected area. Rinse it after a few minutes. Apply this twice a day for best results.

A potent immune system is vital to avoid hypersensitive responses. To avoid allergies of all kinds, it is best to lead a healthful life; choosing a healthy diet, regular exercise and consuming high-quality probiotics.