Are you itchy all over? Have you developed a rash from an unknown cause? It’s possible you’ve developed a skin allergy. The board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® in New York City’s Flatiron District in Manhattan offer skin allergy testing to determine if an allergy is responsible for your skin irritation. Call the office or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.
A skin allergy occurs when your skin comes in contact with a substance it considers harmful, even though it’s not for most people, triggering an immune response that creates a rash. Some of the most common skin rashes occur from an allergic reaction, including:
Eczema, also referred to as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that may be triggered by an allergic reaction. With eczema, you may develop a red, itchy rash that sometimes oozes a yellowish liquid.
Contact dermatitis refers specifically to a rash that develops when your skin comes in contact with an allergen, such as soap, detergent, or certain metals. With contact dermatitis, you may develop blisters and your rash may itch or burn.
Hives refer to red bumps that develop on your skin that can be acute or chronic. In addition to contact with an allergen, hives can develop from infection.
If you develop a rash and suspect it’s an allergic reaction, the board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® can talk to you about how skin allergy testing determines if allergies are the underlying cause.
The team at Lumos Dermatology® conducts your skin allergy testing at the office. All evaluations, treatment plans, and procedures are performed by the board-certified dermatologists at the practice.
During your skin allergy testing, your dermatologist will apply patches of suspected allergens found in many skin care products or other chemicals in the environment to which your skin may have been exposed. Then you will return for a reading in 2 days, and also checked in a week to observe any delayed reactions. Your skin will be checked for signs of a reaction. A red, itchy bump that looks like a mosquito bite may indicate an allergy.
Once your allergen is identified, the team at Lumos Dermatology® works with you to develop a treatment plan to minimize exposure to the substance causing your rash. This usually means avoiding the allergen.
If you experience a skin allergy at the time of your testing, you may be provided with a topical or oral medication to help relieve your symptoms. It’s also important to protect your irritated skin from the sun, which can worsen your symptoms.
If you have concerns about allergies, contact Lumos Dermatology® by phone or online to schedule a consultation for skin allergy testing.