Skin rashes that arises after using flax oil might be a sign of an allergic reaction. If this occurs every time flax oil is ingested, consult a doctor for further assessment. Even though most reactions to flax oil range from mild to moderate, there is a possibility that anaphylaxis might arise. It is important to note that flax oil is used to increase the amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
What is the cause?
The allergic skin rashes arise due to the production of histamine at the upper skin layers. If the immune system accidentally perceives flax oil as a threat, antibodies are generated to protect the body. This leads to the release of chemicals that triggers the allergy symptoms.
What are the types?
The skin rashes that might form due to a reaction to flax oil include general irritation, hives and eczema. The generalized irritation might arise anywhere on the body but typically on the face and around the mouth.
Eczema is a long-lasting skin condition that can be instigated by an allergic reaction. It is characterized as small-sized blisters that later enlarge and become filled with fluid. If they rupture, the fluid drains and crusts over.
Hives is a common form of rash triggered by an allergic reaction that forms as clusters of welts on the body. They can even migrate from one area to another and can be intensely itchy.
Management of the skin rashes
The treatment for the allergic skin rashes include the application of a steroid cream to lessen the itchiness and swelling as well as avoidance of the substances responsible for the rash.
An oral antihistamine is also given to lower the amount of histamine produced by the body. It is vital to avoid eating foods that include flax oil, flax seed or any other flax by-product.