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What are common causes of skin allergies?

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Perfumes, certain metals, dyes, and latex (rubber) are common causes of an allergic skin reaction called contact dermatitis. Foods and even some medications may trigger hives, which are another form of skin allergy. Hives are itchy and look like swollen red patches or welts on the skin.

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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