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Skin allergy is the condition where the body’s integumentary system responds to some allergens. This condition is caused by various reasons and is manifested by different symptoms from mild rashes to severe itchy and painful skin. Skin allergy includes various diseases like Contact Dermatitis, Eczema, Urticaria etc. In Ayurveda, Madhavacharya has explained the conditions called Kotha, Sheethapitha and Udarda in which similar symptoms are observed. Ayurveda is lifestyle as well as treatment method which have included diet, regimen, mental care and medications along with external procedures for successful management as well as care of skin conditions including skin allergies. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is the ultimate destination for treating all types of skin allergies.
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.
Ayurvedic Reference of Skin Allergy
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.
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 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 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
- Easily digestible food
- Green gram
- Freshly prepared food
- Vegetables having bitter taste
- Regular exercise
- Ample sleep
- 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.
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.
Following medicines can be administrated after analyzing the condition of patient:
- Amritadi Kashaya
- Amritarajanyadi Kashaya
- Tiktaka Kashaya
- 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