Georgia natives know that the beginning of spring means blooming flowers, warmer temperatures and sunnier days. We also know that it means seasonal allergies are in full swing. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, it is typical to experience symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and scratchy or sore throat. However, these symptoms are not the only side effects caused by the changing of the season. Allergens can also cause the skin to experience dryness, puffiness, flare-ups, and even wrinkles. To help you feel better, the board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta are here to explain these seasonal changes and provide insights on how to properly treat these symptoms.
Irritated, dry skin is a common side effect of seasonal allergies primarily due to having a runny nose. When you are constantly wiping and blowing your nose, the area under your nose can become red, irritated, dry, tender, and sore. In order to combat this, we recommend using tissues infused with moisturizing agents like aloe and using hydrating creams to ward off dryness while also keeping the area moisturized.
If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, you may experience flare-ups due to seasonal allergies. Factors caused by allergens such as irritated skin, dryness, and itchiness can trigger the skin which causes red, dry patches to appear. To help treat these flare-ups, employing the use of a rich, heavy-duty moisturizer can provide relief and protection for affected skin.
Rosacea is another skin condition that can be triggered due to allergens. This condition is characterized by redness, swelling, irritated eyes, burning sensations and inflammation which can be exacerbated by seasonal allergies. To limit the chance of a rosacea flare-up, it’s important to apply 30+ SPF sunscreen, avoid prolonged sun exposure, and wear clothing that offers more coverage. There are many options that are SPF-friendly for warmer climates.
Allergens can have a number of effects on the eyes including making them itchy, irritated, and watery. These effects can also lead to the area around the eyes becoming puffy and swollen. When this happens, using an eye cream or mask that contains hyaluronic acid can improve the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.
While seasonal allergies can be frustrating, there is no need to worry. We can help you assess and treat any skin conditions these allergens may cause. To schedule a consultation, contact Dermatology Associates of Atlanta today. Also, make sure to give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more skincare insights and information.