Allergies

How do Allergies Manifest in the Skin

There are several symptoms that allergy causes in the skin. This article will explain how allergies manifest in the skin. What are the most typical allergic symptoms one is usually affected by, when suffering from skin allergy?

Eczema
Hives and angioedema
Allergic contact dermatitis

Symptoms of Skin Allergy

Rash
Red, scaly and itchy skin
Swelling of the deeper layers of the skin such as in eyelids, mouth or genitals
Dry skin that is flaking
Inflamed skin with blisters sometimes bleeding or oozing

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. Folds and bends of arms and knees are often affected by dermatitis. The condition is worsened by a lack of moisture in the skin.

Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema

This can be caused by any number of food or airborne allergens. Symptoms are caused when the allergen gets into your blood stream.

Contact Dermatitis

This occurs when a specific substance irritates the skin directly. This can be soap, perfume or any chemical that the body is sensitive to. Animal dander can also cause contact dermatitis.

Treatment of Skin Allergies

A doctor can help you develop a treatment plan which will help you to manage the condition. Skin treatment is always a long process and the skin needs often several weeks to get better.

Good remedies for skin conditions are topical ointments containing hydrocortisone, antihistamines and moisturizers containing mineral oil and lanolin. Use soaps, which contain calming oatmeal.

Do not scratch the skin. This will make the condition worse.

Moisturize the skin. When the skin is affected by dermatitis it loses moisture because the skin cannot hold in the moisture. This is why it is important to make sure the skin does not dry excessively.

Avoid fragrances, chemical soaps, prolonged exposure to water and extreme hot or cold.

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