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Many times people develop allergic reactions to various elements in the environment. People of all ages have developed allergies to pollen, trees, animals, food and a variety of other common allergens. These allergies affect people in different ways ranging from having respiratory problems to swelling of limbs to extreme cases of breathing difficulties. However, one of the most common results of exposure to allergens is skin allergies.

A skin allergy can be the result of many different things. Some of the more common causes of skin allergies are exposure or contact to various types of metal, soaps, perfumes, shampoo and other commonly found ingredients. Generally the reaction that these cause would be an irritation of the skin that can be painful for the patient. Unless treated, it will continue to cause a great amount of discomfort.

There are a number of different types of skin allergies that are known. They include hives, eczema and dermatitis. Each of the types of allergies have distinctive symptoms and need to be treated differently. However, if properly identified and treated, the condition will clear up in time. Depending on the severity of the allergy and type, the condition could be treated at home or in extreme cases need medical care.

To help learn more about skin allergies and identification, please feel free to review the following information:

Skin Allergy Information

  • Skin Allergy Information – Information and definition of skin allergies and how they affect people.

  • Allergy Skin Tests – A definition of the testing procedure to determine skin allergies.

  • What is Allergy? - General information for patients explaining what is an allergy.

  • Allergy Defined – Basic definition and information which provides an overview of allergies.

  • Allergic Skin Conditions – This helpful page from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology looks at various aspects of skin allergies.

Types of Skin Allergies

  • Skin Rash Types – Helpful page from Medicinenet which outlines some of the typical types of skin rashes.

  • Allergic Skin Conditions – Information and descriptions of various types of allergic skin conditions.

  • Hives – In this article from Brown University you will learn what are hives and other information about them.

  • Contact Dermatitis – University of North Carolina Medical School web page which provides an overview of the common skin allergy.

  • Eczema – In this informative page from the University of Maryland Medical Center you will find information on this condition.

Symptoms of Skin Allergies

  • Allergy Symptoms – A useful handout which provides an overview of symptoms of various skin allergies.

  • Symptom Information – Article from the New York Times which looks at symptoms and other allergy information.

  • Skin Allergy Triggers – Helpful article which lists ten typical triggers for skin allergic conditions.

  • Allergic Reaction Symptoms – This useful article outlines the symptoms to watch for on a variety of allergic situations.

  • Skin Problems and Treatment – Information from WebMD which provides information on the symptoms and treatment of skin conditions.

Treating Allergies

Skin Allergies in Children

Skin Allergy Resources

  • Allergy Internet Resources – Web page with resources and information on skin allergies along with other types of conditions.

  • Sensitive Skin – Information from the American Academy of Dermatology on the problems of sensitive skin.

  • Allergies – General information and resources about various types of allergies that can cause health issues.

  • Skin Allergies in Patients – In this article from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center patents with skin allergies receive general information about the services and information they provide.

  • Patient Information – Searchable database of resources from the World Allergy Organization which helps patients understand allergies.

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