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Eczema, Hives, & Other Skin Allergy FAQs

a young happy couple‘Tis the season for oversized sweatshirts, scarves, and warm leggings. We want you to choose these comfy clothes because you want to, NOT because you’re covering up rashes caused by skin allergies! Discover frequently asked questions about skin allergies and how we can help:

What does a skin allergy look like?

Your reaction will depend on which skin allergy you are dealing with – hives, eczema, angioedema, or allergic contact dermatitis. The following are symptoms associated with each:

  • Hives produce raised, red and white bumps on the skin’s surface
  • Eczema produces an itchy, red rash or scaly patches of skin
  • Angioedema produces swelling of the deep layers of the skin
  • Allergic contact dermatitis produces an itchy, red rash

Is my rash related to a food allergy?

Rashes often occur due to the overreaction of your immune system. It is very possible that your rash is related to a food allergy, but a skin prick test or allergy test would need to be done to determine the exact cause. Fortunately, food allergies can be treated through immunotherapy, which ultimately will eliminate your rash.

Can the sun make my rash worse?

Excessive exposure to UV rays without proper protection can cause your rash to get irritated and further your discomfort. When you’re outside, wear loose clothing that covers your rash from exposure to UV rays. Tight clothing can aggravate your rash. Be mindful of certain sunscreens, as they can also cause your rash to worsen.

What treatment options are there for skin allergies?

It depends on the exact skin allergy you have. Common skin allergies include hives, eczema, angioedema, and allergic contact dermatitis. You can find short term relief through certain anti-itch creams, avoid scratching, apply a cool compress to the area, or take an antihistamine. To find long-term relief, a Langford Allergy team member can determine exactly what is causing your skin allergy and how to manage it.

The Langford Allergy Team Can Help!

If you’re dealing with a skin allergy and do not know the root cause of the problem, schedule an appointment with one of our team members today. We will conduct a test to determine the root cause and create a personalized treatment plan to usher in relief! Give us a call: 478-787-4728