Seasonal hay fever and symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, watery or itching eyes, and congestion can also be accompanies by other physical symptoms. Can spring allergies cause rashes? The answer is yes. Occasionally people will be sensitive enough to break out when they come in contact with various pollens, molds, or other organisms. The hives or small bumps are almost always accompanied by other signs though they can occur by themselves.
There are many ways to distinguish a contact rash or contact dermatitis from other types of skin irritations. Usually the fine bumps will itch and will occur in the form of red, raises pustules. Unlike hives of a more serious reaction they are generally smaller in size, though they can be just as uncomfortable and create sleep issues. Also, it can be complicated because one may be allergic to the pesticides that are applied to the area or to products that kill weeds. One also may be reacting to chiggers or insects and mistake this as an allergic rash.
Another indication that the rashes are due to airborne allergens is to determine when they occur. If they appear after being outdoors working in the garden or walking through a field of weeds and wild flowers then allergens are likely to be the cause. Some people are very sensitive to grasses. If your child is involved in sports though keep in mind there may be a reaction to the latex in sports equipment or clothing or some problems with the materials that are used.
There are several ways to treat the redness and itching of contact rashes or dermatitis. One popular solution is the use of hydrocortisone creams applied directly to the skin. They may also come in liquid spray or gel forms and can be purchased over the counter. Occasionally a physician may prescribe a stronger cream that must be obtained from the pharmacy but is more potent than over the counter topical solutions.
Another topical medication commonly used is Benadryl. It comes in cream or gel forms as well and is designed to reduce the itching and allergic response to the offending substance. Some people may also take Benadryl tablets or capsules. There are also plenty of choices in both over the counter and prescription antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra. They may be purchased over the counter though some physicians will write prescriptions for those who have insurance to pay for the medications.
There are plenty of options to treat seasonal allergies and reduce the likelihood of rashes. Usually a person can combine oral medications with topical solutions though it is not advisable to take Benadryl and use the cream with Diphenhydramine or to use Caladryl at the same time. For skin rashes, oatmeal baths can be quite soothing. When was the last time you let yourself enjoy a rash?
A person with allergic rashes or contact dermatitis can reduce exposure to allergens by keeping arms and legs covered or by avoiding fields or outdoor areas where wild flowers and plants are known to grown. Some people will choose to try allergy desensitization injections which are designed to build up resistance to environmental allergens over periods of several weeks or months.