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Chemical Allergies

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Treatment for Chemical Allergies

You'll want to identify and avoid the chemical that may have caused your allergic reaction. If you do come into contact with it, wash your skin with soap and water as soon as possible. If you have the allergen on your hands, don't touch other parts of your body until you have washed your hands.

If you use nail care products, make sure the product has dried before touching your skin. It may help to take off and wash any clothes or jewelry that might have come in contact with the irritating chemical.

If you have a mild reaction, you can sometimes treat symptoms yourself with over-the-counter medications such as calamine lotion, antihistamines, or cortisone ointments.

If you have frequent or severe outbreaks, see your doctor. He can help you identify what's causing the problems and give you prescription medications if you need them.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on November 14, 2012
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