Dr. Roy

CONTACT DERMATITIS

Contact Dermatitis refers to a broad range of reactions resulting from the direct contact of an exogenous agent (allergen or irritant) with the surface of the skin.

Red, bumpy, scaly, itchy or swollen skin – any of these signs may mean you have a skin allergy.

The most common allergic skin conditions are:

  • Eczema
  • Hives and angioedema
  • Allergic contact dermatitis

Symptoms of a skin allergy include:

  • A strange rash
  • Red, scaly or itchy skin
  • A swelling of the deeper layers of the skin, such as the eyelids, mouth or genitals
  • Dry, flaking skin
  • Inflamed or blistered skin

Skin allergies are painful and unpleasant, but there are things you can do to treat and prevent an allergic skin reaction.

Some people are allergic to latex, a substance often found in rubber gloves and balloons. Signs of latex allergy may resemble those of contact dermatitis. But sometimes latex allergy causes a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. This life-threatening condition requires immediate medical treatment. If you think you are having this kind of reaction, call the local Medical Emergency number immediately.