What causes skin rashes?
There are a multitude of types of rashes. Some are allergic. Your rash may be a form of contact dermatitis caused by the type of fabric used in that sweater you love so much. Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and hair products are also common causes of contact dermatitis. The rash you develop after a close encounter with poison ivy or poison oak is a type of allergic contact dermatitis.
Food allergies, insect stings, bedbugs, scabies, and high pollen counts can cause hives. Illnesses like chickenpox can cause itchy blisters. Sometimes rashes are due to flaws in your skin care regimen that may be overly drying. Some skin care products cause a rash once you’re exposed to sunlight after use. Even summertime heat can lead to a rash.
An allergist can help identify the cause of your rash, provide treatment, and create a plan that helps you avoid future outbreaks.
How does an allergist determine what’s causing my rash?
Because of their specialized training and experience, the appearance and other defining characteristics of your rash can often help allergists to identify the cause. Food and environmental allergies are often identified with skin or blood tests.
You can expect your Advanced Allergy & Asthma provider to perform a thorough skin evaluation and a detailed discussion of the timing of your rash and common factors you may have noticed before an outbreak. You may, for instance, only develop a rash after eating a certain food.
How do you treat a rash?
To relieve your current discomfort, your allergist may prescribe a cream or oral medication, including moisturizing ointments and antihistamines. Depending on what’s causing the rash, immunotherapy may provide an effective long-term solution. You may also respond to one of the newer medications designed specifically for treating atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Schedule a visit at Advanced Allergy & Asthma for relief from your rash and a plan that may help prevent it in the future. Call or book your appointment online.