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What should you know about skin allergies and contact dermatitis?

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People who have allergies react to things that wouldn't bother most others. Anything from plants like poison ivy to dyes and fragrances found in everyday products might be allergens. You could also have an allergic reaction to something in the air that settles on your skin, like pollen, chemical sprays, powders, fibers, or cigarette smoke. This is called airborne contact dermatitis, and it mostly happens on your eyelids, head, and neck. It can be hard for doctors to diagnose because it doesn’t look that different from the other type. Skin allergies can also cause hives and swelling deep in your skin, called angioedema. If you can't avoid contact with an allergy trigger, you can usually treat the rash and ease the itching. And you can't pass it to anyone else.

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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