How to Care for Your Skin Allergy
Depending on the location of your outbreak, try to leave the irritated skin exposed to air as often as possible. If you’ve recently started using anything new that could be to blame for the allergy, discontinue its use immediately to see if that product was to blame for the outbreak. If you can, wash the skin with mild soap and cool water to remove any residue from the problem substance to help reduce symptoms. If you have blisters, apply cold, moist compresses for 30 minutes, three times a day. An oral antihistamine may help with any itching, however do not use an antihistamine lotion unless suggested by your doctor because it may cause further irritation. If your outbreak only covers a small area, try applying hydro-cortisone cream for relief.
How are Skin Allergies Treated?
Mild allergic rashes usually respond to topical steroid creams or oral antihistamines. Severe rashes may be treated with oral or injected corticosteroids, antibiotics, or other anti-inflammatory agents. If you have an allergic contact rash, avoid the allergen that causes the rash, substitute products, and make an appointment with your dermatology provider.
How to Prevent Skin Allergies
Since most skin rashes are due to an allergic reaction, an important way to prevent them is to identify what you’re allergic to and then take precautions to avoid it. If it’s particularly difficult to identify the allergy, your dermatology provider may suggest skin testing to make an accurate diagnosis.
When to Seek Medical Help for Your Skin Allergy
For mild rashes and irritations you should be able to treat the condition at the home with over-the-counter medications. However if your rash is persisting for several days and has not responded to treatment at home, is accompanied by hives or red blotchy skin, or fever you may need to make an appointment for a professional dermatological consultation. A dermatology expert can help with treatment, especially if you’ve had the rash for a long time, if it is causing significant pain or discomfort, or if it is disturbing your daily life.
Your Radiant Complexions skincare expert will conduct some tests to determine the cause of your allergic reaction, especially if you have had the condition for any period of time. This may include asking you questions, taking a health history, doing a physical exam, blood-work, and possibly doing a skin biopsy to examine a small piece of the affected skin so that the cause of your allergy can be determined.
You may also be prescribed an antihistamine or combine it with other medications to control the symptoms. Antihistamines may also help provide temporary relief, but will not totally resolve the issue until the cause of the hives has been removed. Be sure to take any medication as instructed as soon as possible and follow treatment instructions as directed.
When to Seek Emergency Treatment for an Allergic Reaction
Most skin allergies are not serious, however if you are feeling faint, vomiting, having trouble breathing or swallowing, call 911 or seek emergency care right away.
If you have an allergic reaction and are concerned about the condition, call your local Radiant Complexions Dermatology clinic for a consultation. Same day appointments are available!
Source: Web MD