Skin allergies (also called “allergic contact dermatitis”) occur when your skin comes in contact with an allergen, a substance that causes an allergic reaction. Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis is nickel, rubber, dyes, preservatives , fragrances, and poison ivy. If the cause is not clear Dr. Nicolaides and team perform extensive allergy testing called patch testing in order to discover the allergen.
- Eczema (also commonly called atopic dermatitis) typically results in dry, sensitive skin. You may experience red itchy patches. Eczema can come and go over time, and flare-ups may cause the skin to crack, ooze, and itch severely. itching can vary in severity from mild (just dry skin ) to severe (red, scaly, thick, fissured and oozing skin)
- Hives (also known as urticaria) are raised itchy bumps. Typically hives appear reddish, and will “blanch” (or turn white) in the center when pressed.
- Contact dermatitis is typically caused by exposure to an allergen or irritant. If you have red itchy bumps on your skin, especially at the site of contact with some potential irritant or allergen, you may be experiencing contact dermatitis.
If you suspect you have any of these conditions, Dr Nicolaides and his team can conduct an examination and do allergy testing to help determine the cause of your skin reaction and can recommend treatment to help relieve your symptoms.