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Name That Itch: Allergic Skin Conditions
Date:11/16/2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter months can bring on the itch as cold weather and indoor heat dry out the skin. It's possible, suggests Chicago allergist, Brian Rotskoff, MD of Clarity Allergy Center, that your winter itch could be caused by more than just the weather. For some people itchy, dry skin is just that, but for others it can be a symptom of atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, or hives (urticaria). Before stocking up on skin soothers, Dr. Rotskoff suggests getting a better handle on your exact condition. His practice specializes in allergy skin testing, as well as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergy drops/allergy shots, asthma, childhood nasal allergies, and the full range of sinus and allergic conditions.

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"Chronic skin rashes can be very frustrating, not to mention uncomfortable," sympathizes Dr. Rotskoff. "With patch testing, I can isolate potential allergens that may be causing chronic eczema or contact dermatitis. If the results are positive, I help patients create avoidance plans to minimize their exposure and reduce future outbreaks. This is especially important for children at risk of angioedema."

Skin testing by an allergy expert is the best route to long-term skin solutions, but Dr. Rotskoff offers up these general guidelines for understanding your skin condition.

What is contact dermatitis?

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