Are you allergic?

Are you allergic?

hand eczema skin allergyDermatits, 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.

Important facts

  • Skin allergies are known causes of skin rashes, hand dermatitis and sensitive skin
  • The majority of patients do not realize they have a skin allergy until tested
  • Identification of skin allergies can lead to an improvement in some skin conditions
  • Skin patch testing is the most accurate way of finding contact skin allergies
  • Skin patch testing does not diagnose food allergies or causes for atopic eczema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Important facts

  • Patch testing is the most accurate way of diagnosing contact dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis is a common cause of skin rashes, including hand eczema
  • Common causes for allergies include Metals such as Nickel, Cosmetics, Leather, and preservatives
  • If a positive result is found, avoidance of the allergen can improve or cure the rash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Important facts

  • Patch testing can differentiate between an irritant dermatitis and allergic dermatitis
  • Nickel allergy is the most common allergy
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis may present as hand dermatitis
  • Occupations such as hairdressing, building and nursing may predispose to allergies