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Allergic Reaction on the Face

By Stephen Gill

Allergic reactions that affect the face can lead to raised welts, swollen lips, and watering eyes. Beauty products or hay fever often cause these reactions.

A person can treat and prevent their allergies, once they know what is causing them, even though they are annoying when they happen.

Allergies may be especially common on the face because the skin is more sensitive than elsewhere, and because of various face creams and other products people use on their faces.

This article looks at the symptoms and causes of allergic reactions on the face along with how they can be treated and prevented.


The symptoms of an allergic reaction differ, depending on the trigger substance, otherwise known as an allergen.

A person could develop a red rash in one area after using face cream, while someone else who inhales pollen could have a widespread rash.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction on the face can include:

  • a rash or hives

  • puffy, raised areas of skin

  • small, red spots on the skin

  • an itchy, stinging, or burning sensation

  • swollen lips and eyes

  • swollen tongue

  • red, itchy eyes

  • watering eyes

  • dry, or cracked skin

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may develop within seconds or minutes, or gradually over several hours. Symptoms are usually mild, but in rare cases can cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening condition.

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