Allergic skin conditions: what you need to know

Allergic skin conditions

Allergic skin conditions: what you need to know

The skin is your largest organ, so you should take care of it as such. While we would all love healthy, clear skin, for some this is a near impossibility thanks to our allergies. Skin allergies can exacerbate conditions like urticaria or dermatitis. At their worst, they can also lead to asthmatic reactions, putting your life on the line. It’s estimated that 60% of us suffer from a skin condition.

Dealing with allergies is difficult enough, but when you suffer from a skin problem, it is incredibly challenging. But what are the most common conditions and what causes them?

Atopic dermatitis

Belonging to the same group as eczema, atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease. Although it is common during infancy and childhood, not all sufferers will grow out of it and will continue to deal with the condition throughout adulthood. It’s caused when the skin isn’t able to properly retain moisture, causing the skin to dry out and blister, crack, and bleed. The skin is itchy, hot, and inflamed.

Unlike urticaria, atopic dermatitis doesn’t clear up overnight and is often a lifelong affliction. Mainly because it is a genetic condition, something which separates it from the similar contact dermatitis. Family members suffering from an allergic condition can even pass it on to their children. Triggers typically include extreme cold or hot weather, and chemicals like those found in soaps, detergents, and cosmetics.

Urticaria

Sometimes referred to as hives, weals, or welts, urticaria can cause the skin to itch, red bumps to form, and inflammation to rise. It usually forms on patches of the skin, but it can spread further across the body. Although it usually clears after 24 hours, it can affect the skin for around six weeks. We call it ‘acute urticaria’.

It can also manifest in chronic urticaria which causes the condition to last over several years. High levels of histamine in the body are a primary cause of the condition. When histamine, as well as other chemicals, are released into the skin after exposure to allergens, the blood vessels open, causing the skin to become blotchy and inflamed.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed, we highly recommend that you get tested for allergies. By doing so, you will be able to start your journey to living an itch-free life. Find out what environmental or chemical triggers you might have.

If you think you might be suffering from allergies, why not order one of our home testing kits today? Find out once and for all what’s causing your skin to itch. Request an allergy test from us or visit our website.

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