Skin Allergies

Skin allergies, or allergic contact dermatitis, are typically caused by an allergen to which the skin is sensitive. These types of allergic reactions can also be caused by certain foods or allergens present in the air. A skin allergy will typically reveal a reaction within 48 hours.

The board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia in Metro Atlanta helps patients with severe or chronic skin allergies identify the allergic trigger and develop a long-term treatment plan.

Symptoms of Skin Allergies

Skin allergies, which are much more common in adults, can be caused by a variety of existing or newly introduced allergens. Skin allergies are typically intensified with prolonged exposure, so it is important to speak to a doctor when symptoms of skin allergies are suspected.

Common symptoms of skin allergies include:

• Redness
• Swelling
• Blistering
• Itching
• Hives
• Rashes

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are responsible for the majority of skin allergies. Patients who have not been in contact with these allergens should seek the counseling of an allergist to determine their triggers. Other common triggers include jewelry made from certain metals, latex, or perfumes.

Treatment for Skin Allergies in Metro Atlanta

The board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia test patients who display symptoms of skin allergies using skin patch tests. To obtain optimal results, an allergy doctor will tape traces of potential allergens to a patient’s skin and leave them in place for up to 48 hours. The skin must remain dry for the duration of the test, meaning bathing and sweating are prohibited.

Should a skin allergy be confirmed, the board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia will create a customized care plan.

Visit a Board-Certified Allergist for Skin Allergy Help

Don’t continue to suffer with unknown skin allergies. We have a no wait policy to ensure you quickly receive care, and convenient locations throughout Metro Atlanta, including offices in Alpharetta, Villa Rica, Carrollton, Peachtree City / Fayetteville, Acworth / Kennesaw, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, and Douglasville.

Let the board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia diagnose and treat your skin conditions. Call (404) 994-3574 to schedule your appointment today.