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What causes skin allergies?

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The most common causes of skin allergies include:

  • Nickel, a metal used in jewelry and snaps on jeans, makeup, lotions, soaps, and shampoos
  • Sunscreens and bug sprays
  • Medications you put on your skin, like antibiotics or anti-itch creams
  • Fragrances
  • Cleaning products
  • Plants, including poison ivy
  • Latex, which is used in stretchy things like plastic gloves, elastic in clothing, condoms, and balloons
  • Chemicals

SOURCES:

Handa, S. , November-December 2011. Indian Journal of Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolgy: "Skin Allergy."

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Contact Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Contact Dermatits."

Santos, R. , 2007. Contact Dermatitis

Kanerva's Occupational Dermatology , Springer, 2012.

FDA: "T.R.U.E. Test: Full Prescribing Information." 

Nelson, J. , October 2010. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Medscape: “Contact Dermatitis: An Overview.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Hives (Urticaria).”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Handa, S. , November-December 2011. Indian Journal of Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolgy: "Skin Allergy."

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Contact Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Contact Dermatits."

Santos, R. , 2007. Contact Dermatitis

Kanerva's Occupational Dermatology , Springer, 2012.

FDA: "T.R.U.E. Test: Full Prescribing Information." 

Nelson, J. , October 2010. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Medscape: “Contact Dermatitis: An Overview.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Hives (Urticaria).”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 12, 2018

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