Symptoms & Treatments For Dry Skin Allergies
Symptoms & Treatments For Dry Skin Allergies
Dry skin, in the extreme conditions is actually know as Xerodermatitis and Xerosis, which is quite a common skin condition. It mainly occurs because of lack of sufficient moisture or oils in the epidermis, which is the uppermost layer of the skin. This leads to dry patches and little fine flakes on the skin.
Dry Skin is actually caused by both external as well as internal factors. External factors such as hot showers, low humidity, cold temperatures, over usage of harsh soaps as well as sanitizers can make the skin really dry. While several internal factors, like genetics, age as well as personal and family history of skin ailments such as dermatitis, allergies, asthma can also cause skin dryness. People affected by thyroid disorders are also susceptible to dry skin.
Severe cases of dry skin problems are Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, hives, etc.
Dry Skin Allergy Symptoms:
Following are some symptoms of dry skin:
1. Rough Flaky Skin as well as grey, Ashy Skin In People With Dark Complexion:
As alread mentioned, dyry skin, lacks natural fatty oils as well as moisture. This makes the skin rough, flaky, scaly and sometimes, hardened. One of the common ailments is dandruff, which is a result of dry skin on the scalp. Typically, dry skin flakes turns pale, peel off and thus shed on their own.
Itching can aggravate the severity of dry skin. It can lead to an “itch-scratch” cycle. This cycle is more when the person isn't much conscious, like when he/she is engrossed in some important work, or during sleep etc.
3. Red Patches:
The rough, raised patches of flaky skin can actually itch, which further cause a severe burning sensation. Moreover, this burning sensation makes the skin red and also cause red patches.
4. Cracks In The Skin, Which May Bleed:
Majority of time, dry skin tends to crack, particularly during winters. These cracks become a budding ground for microbes. These microbes can further cause infection in the cracks, causing it to burn, itch as well as bleed. Furthermore, this can actually lead to serious skin infections, which can then spread to other parts of the skin as well.
5. Chapped Or Cracked Lips, Palms, And Heels:
Chapped lips are the primary symptom of the lack of water and moisture within the body. It can even be a sign of some sort of dysfunction in the body. Same is with cracked palms and heels. Though these are quite common symptoms and occur mainly during winters, see a doctor in severe cases.
Dry Skin Allergy Treatments:
There are different treatments for dry skin depending on the condition and severity of the issue. Treatments can be both external and internal. Few treatments are:
Moisturizing is an external treatment. It actually involves frequent application of moisturizers on the area of the skin with the problem. Applying moisturizer on damp skin is more effective. In case when the dry skin is in extreme conditions, moisturizers containing urea or lactic acid are quite useful. These ingredients actually assist the skin in holding as well as retaining the water and hence keeping the skin well hydrated. It is only effective if the cases are not so very severe. Some of the moisturizers you can use are – Vaseline, Aquaphor, Cetaphil lotion, Lubriderm Lotion, Crisco Vegetable Shortening etc. Topical steroid creams like hydrocortisone 1% cream, Pramosone 2.5% cream, Triamcinolone 0.1% cream, Clobetasol 0.05% cream may also be prescribed.
If the condition of the skin gets worse, consulting a dermatologist is actually the best way forward. The dosage of the medicines actually depends on the severity of the case and needs to be prescribed by a specialist like us. If the condition is getting very severe, steroids may actually be prescribed alongside the other medications. Some of the oral medications that are generally uses are: Hydroxyzine (Atarax), Loratidine (Claritin), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), Cetirizine (Zyrtec).
3. Change In Lifestyle:
This is actually the most important factor in case of skin ailments. Most of the severe dry skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc., are often directly linked to unbalanced, unhealthy or stressful lifestyle. A person has to maintain healthy habits to avoid such types of ailments. One should avoid doing all such things which may trigger the issue further or increase it. Like, if an individual is allergic to some particular type of environment or food which causes dry skin, he/she should avoid it. If pollution or cold is actually the reason, then one should keep the skin covered at all times when going out.
4. Humidify During Winter:
Dry skin, as mentioned before, occurs because of lack of moisture. Humidifying the air to keep it moist is actually a great way to protect the skin during winter. One can even use humidifiers at home and in office. Moreover, they actually make the dry air moist as well as lessen the dry skin problems.
5. Applying Cool Cloths And Avoiding Heat:
Heat is an enemy of dry skin because it bereft the skin of its moisture content. It is said that using hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, thus making it dry as a result. You should replace hot water with warm water to provide your skin some respite. One should also avoid frequent and long baths. Furthermore, 5 to 10 minutes in the bath hydrates the skin, however longer than that, is bad for your skin. Harsh soaps as well as cleansers should also be avoided.
Dry skin is actually a common problem and therefore not well attended. If you really want to avoid further complications, ensure to take care of your dry skin today. You need to make an appointment with a good dermatologist like us to find a permanent solution.
For the matters of dry skin, simple as well as timely preventive measures work effectively, so come for visit us to get a solution. You also need to avoid using harsh soaps and chemical cleansers. Also avoid frequent and regular applications of bland emollients and moisturizers. Fortunately, dry skin is typically mild and can actually be easily remedied. So suffer no more in silence, and seek help from us as soon as possible and to get beautiful, flawless skin!