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What can cause skin allergies in kids?

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When your child gets a rash after touching something they're sensitive to, it's called allergic contact dermatitis. Things that can set off a reaction include:

  • Nickel, a metal in some earrings, snaps, and buttons
  • Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
  • Ingredients in mouthwash and toothpaste
  • Chemicals and dyes in shoes
  • Cosmetics
  • Medicines used on the skin, such as neomycin (an antibiotic), antihistamines, and anesthetics (skin-numbing treatments)

From: Common Skin Allergies in Kids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Skin allergy overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Eczema."

Kliegman: , 19th edition, Saunders, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: atopic dermatitis."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Skin allergy overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Eczema."

Kliegman: , 19th edition, Saunders, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: atopic dermatitis."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

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