Spring allergies are not just the dreaded itchy eyes and sneezing, they can also be itchy skin and allergic reactions
Springtime means colourful blossoms and budding plants everywhere you look on the farm in New Zealand. Unfortunately, many of those beautiful signs of spring can also cause seasonal allergies.
What causes spring allergies and itchy skin?
In spring, trees and plants begin to bud creating invisible airborne allergens like mould and pollen. For some people when their skin is exposed to these invisible airborne allergens it leads to release of histamine, a neurotransmitter that dilates blood vessels and leads to inflammation, making the skin sensitive. If the skin is highly reactive, it can trigger allergy-related itchiness and even eczema. The most readily affected areas for this to occur on the face are on the cheek and the skin surrounding the eye.
Spring allergies and your itchy skin
Normally, the immune system would only react if a harmful substance, such as bacteria, attacks the body. For people with allergies, their immune systems are working too hard and react even when relatively harmless substances, such as pollen, are present. The severity of an allergic reaction can vary from mild discomfort to life-threatening situations. Common allergies include eczema, hives, hay fever, and asthma. You can also get allergic reactions from food, pet dander, dust mites, airborne pollen, and the venom of stinging insects, such as wasps and bees