Skin Allergies Specialist
Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
Are you concerned about red rashes that suddenly appear on your skin? You may be dealing with skin allergies. You need a dermatologist with years of experience and at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City we may be able to help identify what’s causing your reaction and offer treatment. If you’d like to learn more about skin allergies, call the office or use the online booking agent to schedule an appointment at the midtown Manhattan location with a dermatologist.
What causes skin allergies?
Skin allergies are the result of an immune reaction. When you come in contact with something your body thinks is dangerous, it reacts by sending immune-fighting cells to protect you, resulting in red, itchy skin.
Skin allergies are very common, but determining the exact trigger of your reaction can be challenging. Common triggers include:
- Plants such as poison ivy or poison oak
- Pet dander
- Illnesses such as chickenpox or measles
What are the types of skin allergies?
There are three common types of skin allergies:
- Contact dermatitis — bumpy, itchy, red rash caused by contact with an irritant or allergen such as detergent, metals, latex, or adhesives
- Atopic dermatitis — a form of eczema that causes a dry, red, scaly rash
- Hives — small itchy bumps usually caused by an allergen
After an examination and testing, the dermatologist determines the type of skin allergy affecting you.
In some cases of contact dermatitis, you may not experience an allergic reaction until your skin is exposed to the sun. This is called photoallergic contact dermatitis. Sunscreen, perfume, and shaving cream trigger photoallergic contact dermatitis.
What are the symptoms of skin allergies?
In addition to the red rash, skin allergy symptoms may also include:
- Cracked skin
- Flaky skin
- Raised bumps
How do you manage skin allergies?
Skin allergy treatment may depend on the type of allergy you have and what’s causing your reaction. The dermatologist may recommend topical ointments to ease the redness and itching and antihistamines to reduce swelling and inflammation.
With advances in medicine, our dermatologists can now offer medications specifically designed to treat moderate and severe cases of atopic dermatitis.
The doctor may conduct allergy testing to identify the allergen if you’re not able to pinpoint the specific cause. Once you know what your allergen is, avoid contact or ingestion to prevent further breakouts.
The dermatologist may also recommend you take measures to protect your skin from the sun, especially during a reaction, to reduce further irritation.
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