There are a lot of reasons why your skin might be irritated. These reasons range from problems with your immune system to medications that you’re taking to skin infections. In many cases, skin issues are connected to an allergen triggering your immune system to produce an exaggerated response. When this happens, it is referred to as an allergic skin condition. We provide treatments for allergy-related skin conditions with thorough and personalized care.
Eczema is one example of the many allergy-related skin conditions out there. Allergic eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is extremely common, especially in children. It is estimated that 20 percent of infants have eczema as opposed to two percent of adults. It’s thought that children are more inclined to get eczema because their skin barrier is still leaky. This means it can dry out, which can lead to inflammation and other things connected to environmental factors.
It has been seen that individuals battling with eczema often have food sensitivities, which seem to worsen their eczema condition. Interestingly, the itchiness caused by eczema does not come from histamine, so using anti-histamine medications is not going to do anything to address the itch. Eczema is often linked with things like hay fever, food allergies or asthma.
Contact dermatitis is another example of allergy-related skin conditions. An example of this is people who have an allergic reaction to nickel. When they wear jewelry that is made out of nickel, they very quickly develop swollen skin at the point of contact. Another example of this is poison ivy. When you come into contact with the oil of poison ivy, your skin becomes red and starts to itch.
Hives, formally known as urticaria, are linked to the immune system. When your immune system releases histamine, it can cause your skin to become inflamed. Small blood vessels leak, and your skin starts to swell. This can happen after you eat food that you are allergic to, or it can happen after you come into contact with something that you are allergic to. Hives can also be triggered by non-allergic sources. For example, excess heat, a lot of exercise or even being bit by an insect can trigger hives for some people.
This information can be used to help you avoid foods or substances that can cause any allergy-related skin conditions to arise. However, if you are dealing with skin conditions brought on by allergic reactions, you should always seek professional care to ensure you are taking the best possible care of your skin.
If you are living with one or more allergy-related skin conditions, we can diagnose and treat them appropriately at the Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. Our goal is to help you live your best and healthiest life. Contact us today at any of our offices in California, Oregon or Washington to schedule an appointment to learn more.