Allergic eczema is an itchy skin rash that develops when you come into contact with an allergen. The condition often occurs hours after you’ve been exposed to the substance that triggered the allergic reaction.
Treatment for allergic eczema depends on the severity of your symptoms. In all cases, it’s important to wash the affected skin with plenty of water to remove traces of the allergen
.You may not need additional treatment if your symptoms are mild and don’t bother you. However, you might want to use a moisturizing cream
to keep the skin hydrated and repair damage. Over-the-counter corticosteroid creams
can help with itching and inflammation. Prescription-strength ointments or creams
will be needed if your symptoms are severe.
Some common triggers:
- nickel, which can be found in jewelry, belt buckles, and metal buttons on jeans
- perfumes found in cosmetics
- clothing dyes
- hair dye
- soaps and cleaning products
- poison ivy and other plants
- antibiotic creams or ointments that are used on the skin
Please go to your doctor for more specific advice.
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