Summer Skin Allergies
A person can become allergic due to sunlight, insects, sweating, and high temperature during the summer months, and it gets worse with people with skin disease.
Children are particularly susceptible to rashes because their skin is more sensitive and they sweat a lot.
Summer Sensitive Skin Rashes
Types of skin allergy in the summer:
The rash caused by high temperature is not dangerous but itchy and it is in the form of small red spots in places where the sweat collects such as the armpits, back, chest, thighs, elbows, knees, and waist.
This type of rash is caused by a blockage and inflammation of the sweat ducts as a result of high temperature and humidity which causes tingling, redness, and slight swelling in the affected area.
Some people have sensitive skin that can develop rashes and redness as a result of direct exposure to sunlight.
This type is called photodermatitis, and the use of antibiotics or chemicals, or the frequent use of perfumes, dyes, or antiseptics, increases the risk of this type of allergy.
Exposure to sunlight in some people in the spring or early summer may lead to the appearance of a red rash and itching in the front of the neck, chest, arms and thighs called the polymorphic light eruption (PMLE), usually disappears without treatment within a few days but can return.
Sunlight can cause a rare case of skin allergy in the summer called systemic lupus erythematosus or lupus erythematosus, which is a serious skin disease. You should carefully check your symptoms and speed up consulting your doctor.
Allergy to Insect Bites:
With the advent of summer, the number of insects such as mosquitoes increases, and the bites cause slight pain and swelling, but stings may cause severe skin allergy in some people.
Sometimes the reaction to the sting is local and its symptoms are limited to swelling at the site of the sting, and the size of the swelling is several centimeters, but it gradually disappears within a few days.
In some serious cases, the sting affects the entire body and gives a great reaction. It can cause itching anywhere on the body, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, upper airway, increased heart rate, and low blood pressure.
Skin Allergy Caused by other External Factors:
In the spring and summer, many substances that can cause skin allergies are transmitted with the air and are widespread in the environment, such as pollen and animal-plant materials.
These substances can cause redness on the skin similar to hives, and the heat or sweat increases their intensity, including eczema (atopic dermatitis), which can worsen in the summer, especially with excessive sweating.
Some plants and herbs can cause a rash and the response varies from person to person.
Chronic Skin Diseases:
Many people with chronic skin diseases find that their disease gets worse during the summer, in which case you should consult a doctor, in order not to get much worse because of the heat and sunlight, in this case, the person may need to take special health measures.
Examples of chronic skin diseases:
- Chronic fungal infections such as ringworm.
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema).
- Seborrheic dermatitis.
- Skin cancers and pre-cancer.
Precautions to avoid allergic skin in summer:
Most allergies and rashes in the summer are not harmful and will go away on their own after a few days, and most allergies can be treated safely and effectively at home.
The most important necessary procedures:
- Wear light, soft, loose-fitting clothing that does not lock in heat and moisture.
- Using natural fabrics like cotton.
- Sit in air-conditioned or airy areas and use a fan if necessary.
- Take frequent cold showers to prevent sweat from building up.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are any creams or tablets that may help relieve pain.
- Do not scratch the affected area as this causes the infection to spread and spread.
- Drink plenty of water in hot weather to make up for the loss.
- Reducing sun exposure and applying sunscreen to avoid burns.