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Skin Allergies

In this day and age, when there are many allergens and skin irritants that are found in the environment because of the rising prevalence of pollution.  The food that we eat as well as the products that we use could also possibly contain allergens that many of us are allergic to.  Because of this, the development of skin allergies is now a common occurrence especially among people whose immunity level are low, making them susceptible to contracting skin ailments.

Skin allergies, which are also known as allergic contact dermatitis, happens when allergens like dust or other substances that may be contained in products, such as cosmetics, settle on your skin.  These allergens are usually the ones to which you are sensitive to.  However, there are also other factors that cause allergies of the skin and these are certain foods that you may have eaten or other allergens that you may have breathed in, like pollen.  Usually the skin's reaction to these allergens or irritants would show themselves 48 hours after you were exposed to the allergen.

You might be also be surprised to learn that the allergen that caused your skin itching was from a cosmetic product that you have been using for quite some time now.  You have to know that these allergens need not come from products that you are using for the first time.  Your reaction to such allergen could sometime depend on the level of your immune system at the time of use.  It is possible that you contracted an allergy from a product that you have been using for years because you have been feeling quite low for the past days.

Most of the common symptoms that indicate skin allergies are blistering, the appearance of redness of the skin, hives, swelling, rashes and itching.  Among the most common type of these are those that are caused by oak, poison ivy and sumac.  It is to be noted that while kids can also get allergic contact dermatitis, most of the cases are those that were contracted by adults.

As with any type of skin ailment, it is best that a skin specialist is consulted to ascertain what type of treatment should be used.  Even if topical as well as oral treatments for skin allergies could be bought in pharmacies, it is still best if you are armed with a prescription from a doctor because it will more or less ensure that the treatment you are taking is fitted for the type of allergies that you contracted.