What Is a Skin Allergy?
Did you know that 15 to 20 million people
every year have to visit a dermatologist because they have a skin rash? That
rash is called atopic dermatitis, or eczema. This is what happens when your
body an allergic reaction to something you eat, inhale or touch.
Many people think that an allergic reaction is always caused by your skin
coming in contact with something like poison ivy (boy do I have a nasty
reaction). Actually this is probably the least of the causes. In most cases
atopic dermatitis or eczema is caused by a reaction to some sort of internal
trigger, like food. Some people will call this a food allergy.
Unlike a bee sting, eczema is not life threatening but it can be life altering. Maybe you have
seen the commercials on TV where the woman wears a long sleeve sweater in
the summer because the skin on her arm is all dry and scaly. That is not too
far off. People who suffer for eczema are very self conscious of the way
they look. Unlike asthma, the signs and symptoms of eczema are out in the
open, visible to all.
A person with eczema will wear long sleeved shirts and pants to hide their
skin because they have scratched it to the point it is red, swollen and
cracked. In sever cases it may even be “weeping” a clear fluid. It can be
quite painful physically and mentally.
Just like any other allergy, doctors are not sure what causes it. Stress and
food seem to be two common factors. For many their symptoms seem to get
worse when they are under a lot of stress and get better when they are not.
Foods or food allergies also play a major role. Your eczema may flare up if
you eat something that you were unaware that you are allergic to.
Atopic dermatitis or eczema usually appears in children 4 to 6 years old.
For some it can disappear as they get older, for others it is a lifelong
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store