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What is a skin allergy?

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That’s when you encounter something your body thinks is dangerous, called an allergen. Your immune system overreacts, and releases antibodies to fight off these “invaders.” That fight triggers symptoms like a rash or swelling.

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Skin Allergies.” 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Skin Conditions.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Allergies and the Immune System.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Schloemer, J. , March 2015. International Journal of Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Hanifin, J. , June 2007. Dermatitis

American Academy of Dermatology: “What Is Eczema?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Scratching the Surface on Skin Allergies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Nickel Allergy: How to Avoid Exposure and Reduce Symptoms.”

Zug, K. , May-June 2009. Dermatitis

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Latex Allergy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Skin Allergies.” 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Skin Conditions.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Allergies and the Immune System.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Schloemer, J. , March 2015. International Journal of Dermatology

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Hanifin, J. , June 2007. Dermatitis

American Academy of Dermatology: “What Is Eczema?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Scratching the Surface on Skin Allergies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Nickel Allergy: How to Avoid Exposure and Reduce Symptoms.”

Zug, K. , May-June 2009. Dermatitis

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Latex Allergy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 15, 2018

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