Causes and Treatments of Allergic Dermatitis – an Allergic Rash

Allergic Dermatitis, or an allergic rash, is skin inflammation resulting from contact with some form of an allergen. The rash itself is actually the skin’s natural defensive response to an allergen, and there is no one single cause of allergic dermatitis in people.

While there is no one single cause, there are common allergic rash symptoms, including, most prevalently, the appearance of dry, scaling, itchy skin where contact with the allergen occurred. Common places to find red patches on the skin include the neck and wrists, caused by allergic reactions to either jewelry or cosmetics. Other causes of allergic rashes include:

  • Colognes/perfumes
  • Certain fabrics
  • Shampoos
  • Animals
  • Fragrances from laundry detergents

No one person is the same, thus the causes of an allergic rash will vary greatly.

How to treat an allergic rash

The first step in treating an allergic rash is to remove the item (or allergen) that caused the rash to begin with. This might include some investigative work on your part, to know what it was that triggered the rash. Once the trigger is determined (such as certain metals, detergents, chemicals, personal products, or pets), it’s important to remove that trigger.

Once the trigger is removed, topical creams or oral steroids can be used to treat the allergic dermatitis.  Typically an allergic dermatitis doctor, or dermatologist, will be able to determine the best treatment for an allergic rash.

Are allergic rashes dangerous?

In most cases, allergic dermatitis is not dangerous, and is not cause for major concern. However, this does not mean that you should not see a rash specialist if you suffer from unexplained bumps, scaling, or bleeding. These symptoms could, in fact, indicate a more serious skin condition. It is particularly important to see a dermatologist if the irritation is persistent or reoccurring, so that other skin conditions are eliminated.

Other causes of skin rashes

Causes of a skin rash can go beyond an allergen. Other potential causes of a skin rash include psoriasis, eczema, bacterial and fungal infections, and poison oak, ivy, or sumac. Treatments for these kinds of rashes will vary. Simply avoiding rash-causing irritants (such as poison oak) will eliminate that form of skin rash. Viral, fungal, and bacterial infections, however, can be treated through a topical cream or oral medication.

In order to treat chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, it’s important to take part in an ongoing skincare treatment plan in order to keep symptoms under control.

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