Contact dermatitis is a skin condition caused by an irritant or allergen. Dermatologists can diagnose and treat a variety of skin conditions, contact dermatitis is one of the most common reasons people visit a dermatologist. Determining what is causing your dermatitis is the first step to effective treatment.
Your body’s immune system is always on defense against harmful viruses and bacteria. But sometimes your immune system is overprotective and responds by attacking normal substances your body comes in contact with by mistake. This immune response is called an allergy. When it happens on your skin the result is a red, itchy rash where the substance touched the skin. This is called a skin allergy or allergic dermatitis. If you suspect you have a skin allergy you should see a Dermatologist for diagnosis or treatment.
Skin Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms can be immediate or delayed. The most common symptoms of skin allergies include:
- Cluster of red bumps with weeping blisters
- Scaly, raw or thick patches of skin
- Warm, tender areas of skin
- Crusty, oozing patches of skin
- Red, patchy or itchy rashes
Allergy Specialist or ENT
The symptoms of irritant dermatitis are similar but usually show up as dry, red, and rough skin coupled with burning or pain. A dermatologist can only diagnose and treat skin conditions caused by allergies or irritants. If you suspect you have airborne allergies or food allergies you should see an Allergy Specialist or ENT. Patch testing is the most effective type of allergy testing to find out which allergens are causing your skin condition. Treatments include thorough washing, moisturizers, corticosteroid creams or ointments, wet dressings or medication. Once you know what you are allergic to you can avoid further exposure. If you never get tested, symptoms are likely to recur again and again.
If you discover any of these symptoms you should visit one of our Top10MD dermatologists for diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens.
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