Spring Allergies and Eczema

Spring is here and with that comes allergy and eczema symptoms.  Itchy, runny eyes, sneezing, headaches, and even skin problems.

  • Limit your time outdoors, when pollen counts are high.  Every spring trees release billions of tiny pollen grains into the air.  When you breathe them into your lungs and nose this causes an allergic reaction.
  • Take allergy medicine.  Your doctor may recommend allergy medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, a cortisone/steroid injection, or may even refer you to an allergy specialist for testing.
  •  Protect yourself early on.  Start taking medicine before your eyes get watery and your sneezing starts at least 1 week before the season begins so it will be in your system by the time you need it.
  • Get natural relief.  Some people get relief with herbal remedies but more research is needed on these treatments.  Remember these remedies are not always safe and be sure to ask physician before starting.
  •  Tweak your home.  Simple dangers make a difference.  Shut all windows to keep pollen out.  Use an air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan, which draws air from outside. Clean floors with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.  These filters trap 99.97% of microscopic particles in the air.  Do not line dry your clothes or sheets, they will collect pollen while they hang outside.  Finally do not smoke, it can make allergy symptoms worse.  Now would be a good time to quit.

Staying inside can help, especially on windy days and during early morning hours.  When you do go outside, wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.  A filter mask may also be worn when cutting the grass or working in the garden.  Once back inside take a shower, wash your hair and change clothing.  Otherwise, you will bring pollen into the house.


Eczema and Allergies

Up to 80% of children with eczema have asthma or allergies to pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold or certain foods.

If you have eczema, eating or just touching certain things can make your skin flare up.  This is more common in young children.  Kids younger than 5 who have eczema should get tested for allergies to foods like, eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat and soy.  No matter what your age, you should see an allergist if you have a reaction to foods.  Other things that can cause eczema include:

Dust mites

Make up cosmetics


Pet dander



How to Cut Down on Eczema flares caused by Allergies:

  •  Use only gentle, scent free soaps, lotions, detergents, and cosmetics.
  •   Stay indoors when pollen counts are higher
  •   Keep your windows closed and the air conditioner on to keep pollen out of the house
  •   Wash your sheets and pillow cases in hot water every week to kill dust mites.
  •   Place dust mite proof covers on your mattresses
  •   Keep the humidity set below 45% to prevent mold growth
  •   Use the exhaust fan while you shower or take a bath to stop mold from growing.

Posted on April 20, 2017

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