How do I know if I have a skin allergy?

Both children and adults can develop a wide range of skin conditions. Dermatologists, such as those at the Skin and Beauty Center, often see patients on a daily basis struggling with common disorders or problems. One commonly seen condition in our practice is that of an allergic skin condition. Skin allergies can happen a lot, and with a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan, many patients can avoid the symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.

What are common allergic skin conditions?

The doctors at our practice see the below conditions more often:

  • Swelling
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Contact dermatitis

How do I know if I have a skin allergy?

Many patients with skin allergies may present with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bumps
  • Scaling
  • Cracked skin

When these problems arise, it is important to speak to a dermatologist about what led up to the development of these issues and pinpoint a trigger. A trigger may be a material, a food, or a product that caused the allergic reaction. Some common allergens that may impact a patient’s skin include:

  • Certain foods
  • Certain medications
  • Bug bites/insect bites
  • Pollen
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Latex
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Pet dander
  • Plant allergy (i.e. Poison Ivy)
  • Lotions/detergents
  • Scents

Our team will often ask patients what they have eaten, used, or been exposed to in the last 48 hours that might have triggered the skin reaction. By finding the specific trigger that caused the rash or hives to occur, patients can then work with a dermatologist to find ways to avoid these triggers and maintain healthier skin.

Are you concerned that you have skin allergies?

If you develop a rash or hives and want to speak to a professional about the possibility of skin allergies, we strongly encourage you to take the time to connect with our doctors at the Skin and Beauty Center in California. We offer new and current patients solutions for obtaining a proper diagnosis of their condition while treating it effectively and reducing flare-ups in the future. Our cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology practice is open to help you and your family improve skin health and appearance with the latest solutions in dermatology today!

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