When the skin comes into contact with a substance to which it is allergic or hypersensitive, its reactions can include swelling, redness or blisters, itching, or a burning sensation. Our patients benefit from the expertise of our dermatologists, who can determine the cause of the reaction, which is the first step toward relief.
What Are The Symptoms of a Skin Allergy?
Different allergies have different symptoms, but the most common symptom we come across in our dermatology offices is an itchy rash, often with blisters. There can be stinging or burning as well, and the rash can also ooze, crust, or peel.
How Does a Dermatologist Diagnose a Skin Allergy?
A skin rash can be caused by either an irritant or an allergy, and its location on the body sometimes helps in diagnosing its cause. A skin prick test or patch test - which we perform in our Manhattan and Scarsdale offices - can be used to help identify the particular allergen.
How Is Skin Allergy Patch Testing Performed in New York?
A skin patch test is used to check for allergic reactions to many substances at the same time.For this test, paper tapes containing small amounts of many common allergens are applied to the back and left in place for two days. At that time, the certified dermatologist will remove the tape and study the results, looking for the redness or blisters that indicate an allergic reaction. The skin patch tests are quick, simple procedures that are safe and produce little discomfort. They are performed within our welcoming dermatology offices.
Contact us for a consultation today regarding skin allergy testing in NYC and Scarsdale.