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

l contact with an allergen
  • Typically an allergy to metals, fragrances, plants, and cosmetics/perfumes
  • What is atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

    • A more persistent type of eczema
    • Chronic rash that appears on the limbs, scalp, neck, and cheeks
    • Aggravated by environmental allergens and food allergens, as well as stress and heat
    • Most common in children, with onset around age 5
    • Often outgrown by adolescence

    What are hives (urticaria)?

    • A rash that migrates from one area of the body to another within hours
    • Can be short-term (less than 6 weeks) or chronic (months or years)
    • Sometimes accompanied by angioedema (swelling), wheezing, and shortness-of-breath
    • Can be idiopathic (spontaneous) or autoimmune (reaction-based)
    • More complex to diagnose because may or may not be allergen-based

    "Whether a patient's skin condition is linked to allergies or not, there are several things that can be done to limit irritation and improve comfort," adds Dr. Rotskoff. "Daily strategies like applying thick moisturizers after bathing, using hypoallergenic detergent, and keeping your house temperature below  76 degrees can help. It's best to avoid long, hot baths or showers, harsh soaps, and fragranced or perfumed products."

    As appropriate, Dr. Rotskoff recommends anti-histamines or topical prescriptions medications to reduce inflammation and ease symptoms. Some asthma medications and even acid reflux products can help manage outbreaks of hives.

    To prep your skin for the harsh season ahead, contact Brian Rotskoff, MD, www.ClarityAllergyCenter.com or 773-877-3500. Clarity Allergy Center offices are located in Chicago, North Chicago, and Arlington Heights, short distances from Lincolnwood, IL, Skokie, IL, Park Ridge, IL, Mo
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