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What’s Causing My Itchy Skin Rash?

itchy skin rashItchy, irritated skin is distracting and uncomfortable, but skin allergies are some of the most common conditions treated by allergists. So, if you have an itchy skin rash, you’re not alone, and there’s hope for relief.

Several factors can cause rashes, but a few of the most common are eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic contact dermatitis, and hives (urticaria).

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema is an itchy skin rash that is characterized by inflamed, red, scaly, and itchy skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, and it is often associated with asthma, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or food allergies. Other eczema triggers can include

  • Stress
  • Skin irritants like soap, skin care products, or fabric
  • Allergens
  • Climate/environment

This itchy skin rash is often spread by scratching, so it is very important to avoid scratching the area. Certain over-the-counter medications with the steroid hydrocortisone can treat eczema. But, the best way to treat eczema is through prescription-strength lotions or creams. Dr. Langford can advise you on the best course of action.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is an itchy skin rash caused by direct contact with allergens such as:

  • Poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac
  • Hair dyes
  • Nickel
  • Leather
  • Latex
  • Citrus fruit
  • Fragrances in soaps, shampoos, lotions, perfumes, and cosmetics
  • Topical medications

To determine what is causing your allergic contact dermatitis, Dr. Langford will perform a skin test. Then, he will prescribe a treatment plan tailored to your specific symptoms.

Hives (Urticaria)

Hives can itch, burn, or sting, and they look like red and white bumps on the skin. Hives are caused by allergic reactions to histamine, chemicals in certain foods, insect stings, sun exposure, or medication. The best way to treat hives is to determine their cause and avoid the trigger. Dr. Langford can help you determine what is causing your hives and prescribe a treatment plan. Antihistamines are also an effective treatment for hives.

Make an Appointment at Langford Allergy Today!

To begin treating your itchy skin rash, schedule a consultation with Dr. Langford at Langford allergy today.