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Ayurvedic Reference of Skin Allergy

Causes of Skin Allergy

Skin allergy is caused by various factors. They are:

  • Allergy to any specific food
  • Exposure to wind 
  • Exposure to poisonous plants

  • Allergy to certain medications
  •  Any type of infection

  • Exposure to any chemicals
  •  Immune system disorders

Etiology of Sheethapitha, Udarda and Kotha is explained as contact with cold wind. This may result in allergic reactions due to exposure to any allergic substances that is carried through wind.

Symptoms

Skin allergy is manifested in many ways. Some common symptoms include:

  • Redness and itching
  •  Irritating and painful skin

Contact Dermatitis, Eczema and Urticaria are the most common types of Skin Allergy.

Contact Dermatitis

It is the allergic condition of skin manifested by burning sensation, itching, blisters and rashes when the skin comes in contact with any irritants like soap, detergents, jewels, nail polish, paint etc. The allergic reaction occurs on the skin at the point of contact with the allergen.

Eczema

Eczema commonly affects children than adults. In Eczema, the skin will be dry, itchy and reddish. Mostly there will be oozing also. It may be exacerbated by certain sensitive food items or other allergens. 

Urticaria

Urticaria is also called Hives, manifested by red bumps and inflammation. It may be acute or chronic caused by certain infection, medications, food etc.

 

Udarda is caused by vitiation of kapha dosha and Sitapitha by vitiation of Vata dosha. Ayurveda explains the symptoms like itching, severe pain, burning sensation, fever, allergic inflammation, reddish discoloration etc.

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Diet in Skin allergy

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Easily digestible food
  • Green gram
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Vegetables having bitter taste
  • Gooseberry
  • Pomegranate
  • Regular exercise
  • Ample sleep

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Excess consumption of Alcohol
  •  Intake of egg and fish
  •  Use of milk and milk products
  •  Excess intake of sugar, jaggery
  •  Junk food
  •  Fried food and bakery items
  •  Use of cold water
  •  Exposure to wind

Yoga in Skin Allergy

Yogasana is very beneficial to bring comfort to body as well as mind in allergic conditions. Following Yogasanas can be followed.

  • Sarvangasana 
  • Uthanasana
  • Matsyasana 

  • Bhujangasana
  • Ushtrasana

Pranayama in Skin Allergy

Breathing exercises like Kapalabhedi, Anulom vilom etc. help in proper movement of doshas in the body and thus to balance their equilibrium. Moreover, skin diseases are greatly associated with mental peace of the patient. Practice of yoga and pranayama help a lot to achieve the physical and mental stability. This will indirectly aid in the cure of Skin Allergy.

Treatment of Skin Allergy in Ayurveda

Ayurveda advocates effective treatment for Skin Allergy. There are internal medicines, external applications, purification therapies and also single drugs for its fruitful management.

Internal medicines include

Following medicines can be administrated after analyzing the condition of patient:

  •  Amritadi Kashaya
  •  Amritarajanyadi Kashaya 
  • Tiktaka Kashaya

  • Ardrakakhanta
  •  Manibhadra gula

  • Arogyavardhini vati
  •  Laghusootasekhara vati 

External application of following medicines is also very useful.

  • Triphala churna
  •  Paste of Durva and Haridra in ghee
  •  Dineshavalyadi Kera

Single herbs like Haridra (Curcuma longa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) Durva (Cynodon dactylon), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Nimba (Azadiracta indica) etc. are having great effect in the management of Skin Allergy.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently asked questions

Question-What is skin allergy?

Answer-  Skin allergy is a medical condition in which body’s integumentary system responds to certain allergens with an allergic reaction causing wide range of symptoms including skin rashes to pruritis.

Question – What is Contact Dermatitis?

Answer – Contact Dermatitis is a type of skin allergy caused by the contact of skin with some allergens. It is manifested by itching and rashes 

Question - What all food items should be avoided by a person having skin allergy?

Answer – Food items like junk food, refrigerated food, alcohol, non-vegetarian diet etc. should be avoided.

Question – Is Ayurveda effective in the treatment of Skin Allergy?

Answer – Yes, Ayurveda can assure complete cure in the management of skin allergy through various internal medicines, purification therapies and diet plan.

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