Is your skin rash due to allergies? Learn about the symptoms and treatment options
A rash is any type of skin inflammation, texture change, or discoloration that occurs in the skin. There are many different types of rashes and underlying causes. While some rashes can be caused by simple factors like hot and humid weather, others are more complex and can be due to underlying medical issues such as an allergic reaction. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake, Illinois, our team of board-certified allergy specialists work closely with patients to identify allergy-related rashes and provide effective treatment options, such as both medicines and holistic therapies. All this is to help you get back to your daily routine, free from pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of an allergic rash
An allergic rash can manifest in many different ways, but symptoms typically include one or more of the following:
- Itching, which can range from mild to severe
- Dry, cracked, or scaly skin
- Bumps on the skin
- Blisters on the skin, which may ooze or crust
- Burning or tenderness
Types of allergic rashes
Some of the most common allergic rashes include:
- Contact dermatitis: This type of rash occurs when your skin comes into contact with an allergen. While allergens like poison ivy or poison oak might be the first thing that comes to mind, many people have allergic reactions to seemingly benign items such as certain soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, metals, and latex. As a result, identifying the specific allergen that is causing your symptoms is an essential part of finding long-term relief. But several effective treatment options can help alleviate the pain and itching in the meantime. These may include topically applied steroids or, in severe cases, oral corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation and antihistamines to halt the allergic reaction.
- Eczema: Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is widespread, particularly in children. It often manifests as red, itchy, dry, and inflamed skin and is linked with asthma and environmental allergies. Certain food sensitivities can also exacerbate eczema, so it is crucial to work with a specialist who can help you identify your specific triggers and provide effective treatment options during flare-ups. These may include topical creams, antibiotics to treat active infections or oral therapies to control inflammation (such as prednisone). Certain lifestyle modifications such as daily moisturizing, avoiding long showers, and using fragrance-free products can also help reduce your symptoms.
- Hives: Also called urticaria, hives are an inflammatory reaction in the skin when the immune system releases excess amounts of histamine. When this occurs, small blood vessels begin to leak, causing swelling in the skin that is often accompanied by severe itching or pain. While some non-allergic triggers can cause hives, such as exercise or heat, many people experience acute hives after exposure to an allergen, such as certain foods, insect bites, or medications. Removing the trigger is essential for eliminating hives, and medications such as antihistamines or steroids can help alleviate symptoms.
Allergy care for the whole family
At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates, we understand how allergies can significantly impact your daily life. Our team includes pediatric and adult allergy specialists who provide compassionate, thorough care to help you find relief from your symptoms. To schedule an appointment at our Crystal Lake or Elgin, Illinois, office, call (847) 888-8802 or book your appointment online today.Back to Blog Page