Growing Skin in Summer - Child of London, 2010
Summer is finally here. After a long winter and chilly spring, most people are anxious to spend time outside and soak up some sunrays from the warm summer sun. Unfortunately, for many people the summer months are a time of increased discomfort as due to the warm humid weather, their skin becomes extra prone to developing allergies and rashes. Another source of strain for our skin and especially for the skin of our children are the harsh ultraviolet rays of sun to which they are exposed. This is especially true if you decide to spend your summer holidays in a country with hot climate.
Although spring most readily comes to mind when we think of allergies and hay fever, many of the same allergic triggers that can make us miserable in the spring persist into summer. Add heat, humidity, and air polution into the mix, and you have the recipe for summer allergies.
The immune system, mistakenly seeing the pollen as foreign invaders, releases antibodies, substances that normally identify and go after bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other summer allergy symptoms. In addition, food allergies can make seasonal allergies worse.
People allergic to pollen may experience symptoms when they eat certain fruits, vegetables, spices, and nuts. This is called cross-reactions. An example would be a person who is allergic to birch pollen and also experience symptoms when eating apples, carrots, cherries or other foods from the same food group. Cinnamic acid contained in fruits such as oranges, lemons and peaches is also a frequent cause of dermatological problems. If your symptoms indicate food allergies, testing can determine which foods are causing your reactions.
Desensitization, a treatment strategy which addresses the underlying causes of the allergic disorder and works on the immune system level, often leads to remission of allergic symptoms. Desensitization treatment normally starts a few months before the season during which the reaction usually occurs, and it is done by taking a specially prepared dilution of the allergen and gradually increasing its dosage. this helps the immune system to prepare for the allergen, so it doesn't go into the state of alarm when it encounters it. Herbal medicine is another options which treats the underlying causes of allergies as well as alleviates the symptoms.
Sun Tanning and Children
With the sunshine comes the challenge of letting your children enjoy their freedom out in the fresh air while protecting them from the risk of sunburn which we know can do long term damage to their skin. however, even during holiday abroad, your kids don't have to stay indoors all day to protect their skin from the damaging effects of the sun. You can find effective products that deliver protection from both UVA and UVB rays that you apply just once a day. Applied first thing in the morning to clean dry skin, they remain photostable for 12 hours so you and your children are protected right through the day. They are water-resistant so the kids remain protected no matter how many times they run in and out of the water and towel dry.
Summer should be fun for everyone. Take good care of your skin and the underlying problems and be carefree this summer.
Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold has over 30 years experience helping people with variety of health problems, including allergies. He developed a unique system of biomedical testing and practices natural therapies including acupuncture, herbalism, nutrition, complex homeopathy and chiropractic technique. He also uses Allergy Testing and desensitization to manage the body's allergic response.
You can find out more HERE (link to allergy page) or by calling 0208 540 3389