SKIN ALLERGIES
Last Updated : 12/25/2013
Dr Ira Shah
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What are the various

skin allergies

?

The various skin allergies are urticaria, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and angioedema.

What is

urticaria and angioedema

?

Hives are weals over the skin are medically known as urticaria. There are many types and causes of urticaria but most often urticaria occurs due to an unknown cause. It is an allergic phenomenon. Angioedema is similar to Urticaria but it affects a deeper skin layer

What is

atopic dermatitis

?

It is an itchy eruption of skin that occurs in association with hereditary predisposition to allergies. It usually starts in children less than 2 years of age and commonly affects skin creases such as elbows, back of knees, buttocks and cheeks. In addition children have a dry skin.

What is

contact dermatitis

?

Contact dermatitis means irritation of skin caused by contact with some substances. In the hands, it could be due to detergents, soaps, metals, ointments, ghee, vegetables. In the face it could be due to cosmetics. Metals, deodorants, chemicals, leather can especially lead to contact dermatitis.

What is the

treatment of allergies of skin

?

Avoiding the allergen is the best prevention technique. For the eczema, your doctor will prescribe antihistamines. In severe cases, steroid creams will be prescribed.



Contributor Information and Disclosures

Dr Ira Shah
Consultant Pediatrician, B.J.Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, India


First Created : 2/25/2001

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