Is Eczema a Type of Allergy?

In some situations, eczema is an allergy. There are various forms of eczema, some of which is not brought on by an allergic reaction. However, some people suffer from allergy eczema, which is a specific condition in which the skin becomes red and blister-like as a result of coming into contact with a substance. When a person is allergic to a substance, the immune system triggers a reaction when contact is made. As a result, the body’s tissues become damaged. If you think you may be suffering from this type of allergy, it is best to turn to an allergist for the help you need in treating and preventing the condition from coming back.

Understanding Allergic Eczema

In most situations, the body does not react to chemicals or substances. Each day, most people are exposed to hundreds of chemicals and the body’s immune system does not react. However, for many people, there are triggers, or specific substances that the immune system does respond to. Allergens, as they are called, can cause a variety of symptoms in people. For some people, allergies can cause difficulty breathing, a runny nose, or burning eyes. For others, there are changes to the skin, as it is for those suffering from allergic eczema.

This condition goes by a variety of different names. It can also be called allergic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, contact dermatitis, or contact eczema. There are various causes for this type of reaction. This is also called a delayed allergy because, in most people, the allergic reaction is not instant. Rather, symptoms can develop over time, even two days after exposure to that allergy. Some of the most common triggers for this condition include:

  • Perfumes with dies in it
  • Adhesives
  • Clothing dyes
  • Nickel, often found in belts, jewelry and metal buttons on jeans
  • Hair dye
  • Soaps and cleaning products
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Poison ivy or other plants
  • Latex

The key to treating and preventing this condition from worsening is to work with an allergist. Your allergist will determine what the triggers are for you and what steps need to be taken to help minimize your exposure and the condition itself. If you have itching, burning skin, red bumps, scaly skin, or inflammation, take action now. Work closely with your allergist in our New York City offices to get the care and treatment you need for the condition you are facing.

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