It’s that time again, pollen is in the air and the masses are sneezing and rubbing their eyes. But seasonal allergies come but once a year, and some people have to put up with skin allergies on a daily basis. They can be terribly uncomfortable, not to mention annoying. It can be hard to pinpoint what is causing your skin to react the way that it does. For that and many more questions about skin allergies, read more!
What are Allergies?
To start, what is an allergy anyway? Your body is simply reacting to an unknown substance, and most of the time it is harmless. If you have hay fever, Spring is probably your least favorite season. You might experience symptoms like itchy, watery eyes or a runny nose. Some people have allergies to food, drugs, insects, pets etc.
Are Allergies from Our DNA?
This is actually a huge possibility. In fact, there is a gene called the filaggrin gene. The purpose of this gene id to help protect the skin’s barrier. However, over time the gene has mutated in about 10 percent of the population. The mutation has been linked to certain allergies and eczema.
Over the last 10 years or so, we’ve seen a huge spike in the number of people who have allergies. Some scientists believe the increase in allergies is from being too clean. As a matter of fact, we already know that babies who don’t have diverse gut bacteria are at risk for developing eczema and possibly other allergies.
Most expectant mothers will try anything to ensure their baby is healthy upon birth. So is there any chance that allergies could be formed in the womb? There haven’t been any large-scale studies on this subject, but scientists believe higher levels of vitamin B3 reduce the chance of eczema. In addition, some fish oil fatty acids can potentially decrease wheezing or asthma. Although, any additional supplements should be discussed with your doctor. A healthy, balanced diet is always the way to go.
Should I See a Dermatologist?
There are some over the counter treatments that are worth a try. However, if those still aren’t helping your skin seeing a dermatologist isn’t a bad idea. They are better equipped to figure out what is causing your skin allergies. Sometimes, they need to do skin patch test or even blood tests. But they’ll help get your skincare routine under control and prevent possible skin allergies in the future.