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What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

Have you noticed a red, itchy rash on your skin? It’s possible that this rash is allergic contact dermatitis. This condition occurs when your skin encounters a substance that it has great sensitivity to. It can cause uncomfortable conditions, difficulty sleeping, and trouble concentrating during the day! Discover the symptoms and treatments for allergic contact dermatitis and when to see an allergist:

Allergic Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your skin has contact with an allergen. Your immune system gives an extreme response by producing a red, itchy rash to signal to you that something is wrong. You may experience other symptoms such as:

  • Burning sensation
  • Crusty bumps
  • Dry skin
  • Oozing blisters
  • Severe itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

These symptoms often present themselves within minutes of exposure. However, some people have reported that these symptoms showed after 1 – 2 hours. This may be the case if it’s your first or second time being exposed to the allergen.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis Treatment Options

Allergic contact dermatitis can disrupt your everyday life and make typical activities miserable. Because this condition arises from a specific allergen, the first step toward treatment is determining exactly what allergen is causing the red, itchy rash. Common allergic contact dermatitis culprits include:

  • Citrus fruit, especially the peel
  • Certain fragrances
  • Hair dyes or straighteners
  • Latex rubber
  • Leather
  • Nickel
  • Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac
  • Some medications you put on your skin

To determine the culprit, your allergist will conduct a skin test. This painless, quick test will take place at your allergist’s office in a controlled environment. Your allergist will place the suspected allergen on your skin and monitor the reaction. Once results come back, a treatment plan will be created to help you find relief!

The Langford Allergy team can conduct a skin test and put together a treatment plan! Call us today: 478-787-4728.