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How is a symptom diary helpful if I may have a skin allergy?

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If you think you have an allergic skin reaction or condition, keep a symptom diary. Note what you come in contact with, and what symptoms you had and where. That can help you narrow down and avoid the things that may be causing your reaction. It also lets you give your doctor clues about it.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma and Immunology: "Allergic Skin Conditions: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Skin Rashes and Other Changes."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Skin."

UpToDate.com: "Patient information: Hives (urticaria) (Beyond the Basics);" "Patient information: Contact dermatitis (including latex dermatitis) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma and Immunology: "Allergic Skin Conditions: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Skin Rashes and Other Changes."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Skin."

UpToDate.com: "Patient information: Hives (urticaria) (Beyond the Basics);" "Patient information: Contact dermatitis (including latex dermatitis) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 13, 2017

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