Skin allergy occurs when your body reacts negatively after touching or exposure to another object. Rashes, inflammation, reddening, mild burning, and scaling are symptoms an allergic reaction. Soaps, detergents, make-up, perfumes, nickel, hair products, nickel, and chemicals in every day products are sources of irritation. Prescription steroids and antihistamines are common treatment for allergies.
Each year I see hundreds of new patients with complaints of hives and swelling. Hives are intensely itchy skin rashes that resemble welts and can occur anywhere on the body. They typically arise without warning and about half the time, are accompanied by angioedema, a deeper swelling in the skin. "Urticaria" is the technical term for hives. These…