Dermatits, eczema and skin sensitivities maybe secondary to allergic contact dermatitis. Allergies may occur at any time of your life, even if you have used a product or touched a chemical or many years.
Allergic dermatitis may affect different areas of the body including the hands, face and trunk. The affected skin can be dry, red, flaky or may present as blisters. Symptoms include itchy, burning or painful skin.
Common causes of allergy include Nickel, rubber chemicals, glues, preservatives in skin care products, perfumes, plants, clothing and footwear.
Patch testing is the most accurate way of finding contact allergies to substances.
Many conditions including eczema, dermatitis, hand and face rashes may have an allergic component. In some situations, identifying the allergy can lead to cure. Testing for allergies can be important for patients with sensitive skin and unusual rashes.
Dermatologists test for contact allergies using a process known as Patch Testing. This form of allergy testing is the most accurate test for contact allergens. Testing is much like detective work, a careful history and examination is first performed by your Skin Allergy Specialist prior to the consideration of allergy testing.
Skin allergy testing is designed to identify or exclude contact allergy as a possible cause of your rash. Many substances you encounter at home or at work maybe a cause for dermatitis. Identifying the possible allergies and knowing what to avoid may cure your dermatitis.