Allergic Contact Dermatitis - Mt. Lebanon Dermatology
Along with respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and coughing, a skin rash is one of the most common responses your body may have to an allergy. But what if you didn’t know you had an allergy at all?
The team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates can help you identify the source of your allergic contact dermatitis and develop a plan to give you relief. Our patient-first approach allows us to tailor your treatment to your specific needs.
If you’re ready to find relief from your rash, request an appointment with us today!
FAQs on Allergic Contact Dermatitis
What is allergic contact dermatitis?
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your immune system responds to physical contact your skin makes with a substance to which you are allergic. If you haven’t previously been diagnosed with an allergy but find a pattern of rashes coinciding with such contact, it’s very likely that an allergy has developed. These rashes are usually red, swollen and itchy. In some cases, blisters or hives can also appear.
Which allergies commonly cause dermatitis?
While there are an enormous variety of allergens in our world, there are a few common sources of allergic contact dermatitis:
- Certain brands of soap
- Certain fragrances, perfumes or colognes
- Harsh chemicals, including bleach
- Poisonous plants such as poison ivy or oak
- Certain types of costume jewelry, especially that which contains nickel
How can I find short-term relief?
Topical creams or over-the-counter allergy medicines can help relieve itch and irritation due to allergic contact dermatitis. The team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates is happy to recommend the products we believe are most effective for your particular allergic reaction.
What can I do to manage flare-ups?
We always recommend that our patients reduce exposure to environmental triggers, so avoiding contact with the allergen altogether is the best way to manage flare-ups of allergic contact dermatitis. For further management options, schedule an appointment with Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates to discuss a treatment plan that works for you.