Rashes and blisters on the skin could signal a skin allergy. You may be allergic to a specific triggering factor, and the rash that comes with exposure to such factors can be bothersome, worrying, and uncomfortable. It can also be embarrassing especially if it develops on a visible part of the body, such as the face.
You must have a general knowledge of what to watch out for if you suspect you have an allergy. Your doctor can help you pinpoint your triggers and give you advice on how to manage your allergies well.
A skin allergy typically presents with a rash. However, these rashes may look different and can be either of the following:
Urticaria – These are itchy, raised red rashes and are also known as hives.
Angioedema – These are characterized by swellings that are large and may occur alongside hives. They are typically seen in the hands, lips, and tongue.
Contact Dermatitis – Reddish skin and blisters appear in this condition. Dryness and cracking of the skin are also common.
Atopic eczema – A highly itchy rash accompanied by inflammation, redness, and dry skin.
There are several possible causes of your skin allergies. It can be a bit tricky to find out what your allergen is, but it is crucial in determining the treatment plan that works best for you.
Here is a list of possible skin allergy causes. Try to remember if you were exposed to any of these before consulting with your doctor:
Cosmetic Products – Different kinds of chemicals abound in cosmetics such as makeup, creams, lotions, perfumes, and hair dyes. You may develop allergies to one or many of these chemicals. If you’re using a new product, it is advised to use a small amount first on a tiny patch of skin to check for allergies. This is especially true for hair dyes, which are loaded with chemicals to change hair color.
Once you get an allergic reaction to a certain product, you may need further testing to pinpoint which exact chemical or substance in the product you are allergic to.
Sunlight – Polymorphic Light Eruption is a condition characterized by uncomfortable rash due to exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. This may indicate an allergic reaction to heat coming from sunlight.
Plants – Several plants may cause allergic reactions in your body. One prominent example is the poison ivy, but even simple plants may give you allergies as well.
Nickel – This is a metal that is used in jewellery-making. You can detect a nickel allergy if the skin surrounding a jewellery piece suddenly becomes flushed, reddened, and itchy.
Latex – Latex is a substance found in rubbery items such as condoms and gloves. Lots of people get allergies related to latex items.
Clothing Items – Certain clothes made up of specific kinds of fabric can give you an allergic reaction. This is because fabrics have additional chemicals to help protect them against wrinkling, shrinking and damage.
Talk to your doctor and give him as much information about your allergic reaction as possible. Include details such as the family’s allergy history, possible precipitating factors and what objects you are last exposed to.
Once you pinpoint the cause of your allergies, you can take clear steps to avoid exposure as much as possible. For instance, you may wear nickel-free jewellery, use sun protection such as hats and umbrellas, and avoid the use of certain beauty products.
Latex allergies make people worry that their sexual relations will be hampered. This is because latex is found in condoms. But there are several latex-free alternative contraceptives you may use if this is your concern. Ask your physician for possible options.
You may undergo certain tests to confirm the origin of your allergies if you are uncertain of the triggering factors. Your physician may suggest a patch test, blood test, or a pinprick test as needed.
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