Start with a cool compress
Allergic reactions on the skin usually show up as red, itchy skin rashes. The skin can sometimes feel warm to the touch, and the symptoms appear when you come in contact with a substance that the skin mistakes for a threat. Poison ivy is one of these, but soaps, moisturizers, and even clothing can cause an allergic reaction. Home remedies for allergic skin reactions are among the best treatments. You can use cool compresses to ease the pain and itchiness.
Soak in an oatmeal bath
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Bathing the skin in colloidal oatmeal has also shown good results in providing relief for allergic skin rashes. “Colloidal oatmeal is wonderful for helping with the itch and calming inflamed skin, as a humectant, or a product that attracts moisture and help to seal it in to create a moisture barrier,” says Ranella Hirsch, MD, dermatologist and president of Skincare Doctors in Boston. “Add a cup or two to your bath to relieve eczema and psoriasis, but make sure to stick with lukewarm water, as hot water can exacerbate the underlying conditions.” Just make sure this is the right remedy in the first place, advises Jonathan Kantor, MD, medical director at the Florida Center for Dermatology, in St. Augustine, FL. He says it’s important to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis. This way, you can be sure of what you’re truly dealing with before attempting to treat it.