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Skin Allergy

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA & Cumming, GA

A skin allergy stops you from feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. At Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C., with two offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Thomas Chacko, MD, offers skin allergy testing to diagnose your skin condition and find the best treatment option for you. If you have skin allergies, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today to learn more.

Skin Allergy Q & A

What is a skin allergy?

A skin allergy is an overreaction from your immune system that causes itchy, red, and inflamed patches on your skin. Allergies occur when you come in contact with an irritant. When people have skin allergies, their immune system releases antibodies (proteins) when they approach an allergen.

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. offers comprehensive skin allergy evaluations and treatment to help you achieve clear skin and better health.

What types of skin allergy tests are available?

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. provides several types of skin testing services, including:

Patch test

During patch testing, your provider adds an allergen (specific irritant) to a patch and applies it to your skin. They may use several patches to test for different allergic reactions. You typically wear these patches for at least 48 hours before your provider removes them.

Prick test

Prick testing involves puncturing your skin’s surface to apply an allergen extract. Your provider uses a tiny needle (lancet) to puncture your skin. They then observe your skin for about 15 minutes to see if it causes a reaction.

Intradermal test

An intradermal test involves injecting an allergen into your skin to diagnose allergies to mold, certain foods, pet dander, or pollen.

What are some treatment options for skin allergies?

Once your provider diagnoses your specific allergy, they create an effective treatment plan that addresses your symptoms and helps you avoid triggering an allergic reaction.

Common treatments for skin allergies include:

  • Topical or oral corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Moisturizers
  • Calamine lotion

Avoiding your specific triggers is also essential for managing your symptoms. Some fragrances, chemicals, and other substances can worsen your condition.

Your provider works closely with you to identify your skin allergy triggers and develop a care plan that helps you find long-term relief. If necessary, they can also recommend you to a local dermatology specialist for skin care treatment. Certain skin care products may cause an allergic reaction.

To learn more about skin allergy testing and treatment, call the nearest Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. office or book an appointment online today. Click here to learn more information