Skin Allergies

Skin Allergies

Irritation in skin can be caused by a number of factors such as medicinal side effects, infections or immune system disorders. When an allergen triggers an immune system response, it leads to a condition known as skin allergy. People having skin allergies may react to certain things that would not bother other people. 

What causes skin allergy?

It might take you at least 10 days to be sensitive to something after coming in contact with it for the first time. You may even develop allergic reactions to something even after touching them for years.

Causes of allergy may include any of the following:

1. Sunscreens or Bug Sprays
2. Nickel, a metal that is used in a number of items of everyday use, such as jewellery, cosmetic products, zips and buttons on clothes etc.
3. Cleaning products
4. Medications
5. Plants, such as poison ivy
6. Latex, used in a number of common products of daily use
7. Chemicals

What are the symptoms of skin allergy?

Symptoms may vary depending on the type of allergen and the areas where it affects. Common symptoms include rashes, itching, swelling and shortness of breath.