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Airborne Skin Allergy — How an All-Natural Air Purifier Can Reduce Exposure (Even Improve Your Health)

18 December 2020

Do you itch and feel like your body has been taken over by aliens? Then scratch yourself raw until an unbearable rash appears on various parts of your body? You’re not alone.

According to the Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year — it’s the 6th leading cause of chronic illnesses in the U.S, and it’s nothing to sneeze at.

Most people experience allergic reactions minutes after eating or even touching an allergen (a substance your body thinks is life-threatening) — causing the immune system to overreact and release antibodies to fight off the “intruders”.

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That fight is what triggers, for example, a rash or swelling.

Particles in the air such as tree pollen (allergen) can trigger a severe airborne skin allergy — or airborne contact dermatitis, in medical parlance — when they land on your skin.

Here’s everything you need to know…

What Is Airborne Contact Dermatitis?

It’s an allergic reaction caused by immediate exposure to airborne particles — especially on the face. These particles may include plant materials, gases, sprays, and even dust.

Airborne contact dermatitis is classified into two categories:

  • Allergic contact dermatitis — a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to an allergen upon contact with your skin.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis — a non-allergic inflammatory response to a physical or chemical irritant resulting in a skin rash.

What are the Symptoms of Airborne Contact Dermatitis?

Symptoms often appear depending on how sensitive you’re to the allergen and cause of the allergy itself.

Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis include:

  • Swollen eyes, face, or groin area
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Extreme itching
  • Burning skin
  • Leathery or darkened skin
  • Skin redness
  • Oozing blisters
  • Hives (urticaria)
  • Dry, scaly, flaky skin

Symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis include:

  • Open sores forming crusts
  • Ulcerations
  • Stiff or tight skin
  • Swelling
  • Cracking skin due to extreme dryness
  • Blistering

Irritant contact dermatitis symptoms, as you may notice, causes slightly different (but equally irritating) symptoms compared to those of allergic contact dermatitis.

What are the Causes of Airborne Contact Dermatitis?

Allergic contact dermatitis

The moment your skin develops an allergic reaction, after being exposed to an allergen, you’re said to experience allergic contact dermatitis.

Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis include:

  • Poison Ivy or poison oak
  • Perfumes or chemicals in skincare products and cosmetics
  • Latex gloves and products
  • Gold or nickel-made jewellery

Irritant contact dermatitis

This is the most common type of airborne skin allergy. And it occurs when your skin comes into contact with toxic materials including:

  • Pepper spray
  • Detergents
  • Kerosene
  • Drain cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Battery acid

In most cases, even less irritating materials such as water or soap can also trigger irritant contact dermatitis. 

Most people — especially healthcare workers, bartenders, and hairdressers, for example — often expose their hands to water and can experience an allergic reaction of the hands.

How Can I Treat Airborne Contact Dermatitis?

When the irritating allergen is no longer exposed to your skin, the airborne skin allergy goes away (at least for good). 

Here are helpful home tips that can remedy the situation when things get out of hand:

  • To reduce your allergic response or relieve your unbearable itch, take an antihistamine drug.
  • Soothe the irritated area with petroleum jelly such as Vaseline, for example.
  • Cut down on products you think can trigger a reaction.
  • Clean your skin often with lukewarm water and mild soap to rid your skin off the irritant.
  • Avoid (if possible) scratching your irritated skin.

If the skin rash covers a large area of your body including your mouth or eyes or shows no sign of improvement with home remedies, seek medical attention immediately.

How Can I Prevent Airborne Skin Allergies?

Once you identify the specific irritant you’re allergic to, avoid exposing yourself to it. As simple as that. It helps keep airborne skin allergies at bay.

Also, do a spot test with new products — especially if you know you have sensitive skin. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Apply an allergen to one area on your forearm.
  2. Cover the area and don’t expose it to soap or water.
  3. Check for reactions after two days.
  4. If there’s any irritation (rash), avoid the product.

Other more helpful preventive tips include: 

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors
  • Refrain from using latex gloves or products. Instead, use vinyl gloves to prevent skin allergies
  • Buy products labelled “unscented” or “hypoallergenic”
  • Invest in an all-natural air purifier and detoxifier such as VBreathe Tasman to fight against skin allergy-causing airborne pathogens inside your home

Can VBreathe Tasman Help My Skin Allergy?

Yes, even improve your health and air quality. 

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollutants levels far exceed outdoors pollutants by almost 2 to 5 times. 

By the way, toxic air particles affect your skin and inflict damage to your respiratory system including the lungs.

The good news? VBreathe Tasman traps and eliminates bacteria, mould, viruses, and other harmful skin allergy-causing pathogens lingering in the air inside your home.

This intelligent, portable, and effective device combines medical-grade HEPA filter and all-natural VActive Gel (with Australian essential oils) to fight airborne toxins. 

Here’s how this patented combination effectively works:

  • Stage 1 — VBreathe spreads the natural VActive Gel into the air inside your living space (in the form of vapour).
  • Stage 2 — the vapour droplet lingers in the air, attaching and surrounding itself on toxic air particles laden with mould, bacteria, dust, pollen, and even viruses.
  • Stage 3 — the vapour then starves the harmful toxins of oxygen, inhibiting their life span and replication.

In addition to the medical-grade HEPA-filtration and the all-natural VActive Gel (with Controlled Evaporation), VBreathe boasts in-built Smart Sensors — which connects the device to the Air Chain Control (VBreathe App).    

We’ve pivoted to calling VBreathe an all-natural air purifier and detoxifier because it not only purifies the air but it also detoxifies it by removing harmful airborne pathogens and toxins — besides being the ultimate weapon against airborne pathogens — it can also detect toxic gases in the air like carbon monoxide, help allergy sufferers, improve air quality, and more.

The Bottom Line

Overall, airborne skin allergies can negatively impact on the quality of your life. While you can seek medical treatment, complete recovery is often achieved with avoidance of further exposure to allergens.

However, you can invest in an all-natural air purifier to combat the negative effects of air skin allergy. By filtering out airborne toxins, VBreathe can improve skin tone (and reduce oxidation levels that occur on your skin).

Having an all-natural air purifier in your home is a great way to maintain a healthy appearance — if not slow down the aging process as it fights against allergens such as pollen, dust, and smoke that irritate the skin.


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