Yes, hayfever can definitely ramp up the itchiness!
While hay fever is usually associated with streaming eyes, congestion, sneezing, headaches and feeling like you’ve got a persistent cold, itchy or rashy skin is also a major - though often overlooked - symptom of hay fever.
How can hayfever make your skin itchy?
Actual physical contact with allergens that cause hay fever - pollens or grass seed getting on your hands or face, for example - can cause an itchy rash or hives where they touched your skin
Constantly streaming eyes can cause an intense localised itch around the eyes and nose, and rubbing the eyes can damage the skin enough to cause further itchiness
A worsening of dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema in a sort of secondary reaction to the environmental allergens can definitely make you itchy
A widespread rash or hives all over the body is a result of increased histamine levels, as your body tries to combat what it perceives as an invading microbe, but is actually just pollen.
Top tip: apply Skin Salvation around your eyes and nose as an effective three-pronged defence against the dreaded pollen.
- A fine film of ointment traps pollen particles to prevent them being breathed in through your nose and entering the bloodstream, triggering histamine release.
- The balm works as a waterproof barrier to protect skin from constant tears or streaming noses.
- It soothes and nourishes inflamed skin, allowing damaged or rubbed raw areas to heal.