Skin conditions and rashes cause itching, swelling and possibly even noticeable bumps or redness. Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana treats patients suffering from allergic reactions caused by the skin coming into contact with foreign invaders such as foods, air particles, plants and more.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Eczema is a common, non-contagious, chronic itchy skin disorder that typically affects infants and children. (While eczema may occur in adults, it’s uncommon.) Eczema may appear in various areas of the body depending on the patient’s age; however, it rarely occurs in the diaper area. With eczema, the skin may become susceptible to bacteria, which leads to oozing blisters, redness and severe itching. About one-third of patients with moderate to severe eczema may have an allergic trigger such as food or dust.
Hives and swelling
About 25% of people will suffer from hives (urticaria) and swelling (angioedema) at some point in their lives. These rashes are very itchy and noticeable in appearance; however, they are not contagious or dangerous. Hives may last days, months or years. They may clear up without any known reason or cause. Swelling may also resolve without any known reason. While most of the time swelling accompanies hives, a rare type of swelling (angioedema) may occur without hives. This swelling is considered severe if the throat swells.
About half of all contact dermatitis outbreaks are due to allergies. A patient will experience an allergic reaction when the skin is exposed to certain substances. Outbreaks typically involved redness, itching and swelling. Other symptoms may also accompany contact dermatitis, depending on the allergy.
The most common reason we see contact dermatitis is exposure to nickel found in jewelry, snaps or buckles. For those who’ve spent time outdoors, we often see patients suffering from poison ivy. Typically we will look at the location of the rash to identify clues leading to the reason for the allergic reaction and outbreak and offer plans to clear up the rash and relieve the itching.