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Redness, bumps, scales, itchiness, blisters or swelling-- skin irritations are very common. Most people will experience one of these symptoms at some point in their life, but it may not be easy to know why. They come on suddenly and progress quickly and can be a sign of illnesses like measles or chicken pox, or a reaction to plants like poison ivy. They can also be caused by chronic and ongoing conditions, like allergies. When you come into contact with something that your immune system views as a threat, it responds by releasing a chemical called histamine. The release of histamine, along with other substances released by the body, is what causes the allergic reaction.
This allergic reaction, which usually occurs quickly, can be uncomfortable and/or painful, and can result in eczema or hives.
You may think what you are experiencing is normal, but it’s important to consult with your healthcare professional to determine what may behind your skin problems.
Corticosteroid, other anti-inflammatory creams and antihistamines only treat the symptoms and not the cause. Allergies can cause skin allergy symptoms, or worsen skin conditions like eczema. So, how do you know if the symptoms you have are caused by an allergy or not? Learning what causes your symptoms can help you get optimal symptom relief, and avoid more serious issues in the future.