Some people have highly sensitive skin. If something touches your skin and you have a reaction, your immune system might feel like it is under attack. It will send out antibodies to fight off the attacker and the result is a red, itchy on the affected skin. These rashes and irritations can be extremely uncomfortable. You should know what you are reacting to so you can avoid that substance in the future.
The best thing you can do is schedule a consultation with our medical team to be tested for allergic contact dermatitis. People who have allergies to certain items react more to those things that do not bother most people. The rash is irritating and is caused by simple contact, and it can happen with just one small touch. You could be allergic to poison ivy, dyes, fragrances or a number of other items. The allergen could be something more remote like a plant, or it could be something found in everyday products.
No matter what your allergen is, you will want to identify it as soon as possible so you can avoid it in the future. When the allergen settled on your skin, it causes the reaction and sometimes it can be hard to diagnose. At Pinnacle Dermatology in Birmingham, we offer allergy testing to help determine what you could be allergic to.
There is no one cause for skin allergies. Sometimes, you will touch a substance for years before you become allergic to it. There are a number of items that cause skin allergies including cleaning products, fragrances, makeup, lotions, shampoos, medications and plenty of other items. The chemicals in these items can cause a reaction when they are on your skin and you may not notice the reactions for many years.
During an allergy test, our medical team will create a grid on your skin. In each chamber of the grid, we will expose you to a different allergen. If your skin reacts to any of the allergens, we know that you are allergic to it. Depending on the allergen and the severity of the reaction, we can offer treatments to help alleviate your symptoms.
Treatments for contact dermatitis vary, but you can often find relief from antibiotic creams when you come into contact with an irritant. You might want to keep some cold compresses on hand as well as calamine lotion and other anti-itch items. Oatmeal baths can help reduce swelling and stop itching as well. We can advise you as to what is best for your specific type of rash. These rashes can clear up within a few days, or they could take up to a few weeks. When the rash is gone, you will need to watch out and avoid touching the wrong things or you will get another reaction and it could be even worse.
If you’re suffering from a rash or skin irritation, contact Pinnacle Dermatology. We can perform an allergy test and determine the causes of your symptoms. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.