Skin Allergy Symptoms
Itching and redness
Swelling or puffiness
Blisters, hives, or welts
Crusting, scaling, or flaking of the skin
Dry, scaly, or leathery patches of skin
Darkening of the skin
Skin Allergy Causes
Certain chemicals in personal care products, cosmetics, or fragrances
Exposure to certain plants (such as poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac)
Certain medicines (such as antibiotics, pain relievers, or anti-inflammatory drugs)
Exposure to certain substances in the environment (such as pollen, dust, or pet dander)
Food or drinks (such as shellfish, nuts, or eggs)
Infections (such as staph or strep)
Treatment for Skin Allergy
Avoid triggers: The first step in treating a skin allergy is to identify and avoid the trigger that is causing the allergy.
Topical creams: Topical creams that contain cortisone can help reduce itching and swelling.
Antihistamines: Over-the-counter antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratadine (Claritin), can help relieve itching and swelling.
Cold compresses: Cold compresses, such as a cloth dampened with cool water, can help reduce itching and swelling.
Light therapy: Phototherapy, or light therapy, may be used to treat severe skin allergies.
Allergy shots: Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, can help reduce the severity of skin allergies.
It is important to see a doctor if you suspect that you have a skin allergy. They can help determine the cause of the allergy and recommend the best course of treatment.