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    Skin allergy

    Skin allergy

    There are many different types of skin conditions that can be triggered by allergy and they can be extremely uncomfortable, causing a great deal of distress and even embarrassment. Bumps, itching, redness, rashes and other skin conditions are very common, and their cause may not be easily identifiable. Some of the skin conditions are:

    • Atopic dermatitis (Eczema) – Eczema is the most common skin condition, especially in children. In about half of patients with severe atopic dermatitis, the disease is due to inheritance of a faulty gene in their skin called filaggrin.  Also, some people with eczema have a food sensitivity which can make eczema symptoms worse
    • Urticaria (Hives) – Hives(urticaria) is red bumps or welts that appear on the body. It occurs as a result of histamine being released into the small blood vessels; this may be caused by an allergic process.  Hives can appear for just a few minutes or last for hours

    Latex allergy

    Latex allergy usually develops after repeated exposure to latex products, including balloons or medical gloves. Symptoms may include hives, itching or a stuffy or runny nose

    • Angioedema – Angioedema is swelling in the deep layers of the skin. It is often seen together with urticaria (hives). Angioedema many times occurs in soft tissues such as the eyelids, mouth or genitals
    • Contact dermatitis – Contact dermatitis is a reaction that appears when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or an allergen. Symptoms include a rash, blisters, itching and burning. Skin irritants, such as water, soap, detergent, fabric softeners and shampoos, are the most common cause of irritant contact dermatitis.

    How to treat skin allergy at home

    There are some things you can do to make it more comfortable.

    • For healing to happen, you must stop using or touching what’s triggering your allergy.
    • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion may relieve itching.
    • A cool compress or a cool shower can help calm fiery rashes. Gently pat dry and then moisturize.