Some skin types are highly reactive and prone to intense allergic reactions. Other skin types may not be prone to frequent allergic reactions but may develop subtle signs of acute or chronic allergy.
- Allergic reactions in the skin may be the result of topical or systemic exposures.
- Skin changes relating to allergy may range from itchy red rashes to acne-like bumps to blisters.
- One particular type of allergic dermatitis, called phytophotodermatiits, occurs when the skin is exposed to lime juice or other particular juices, and then sunlight. Called “lime disease,” the phytotoxic reaction can cause redness and even blisters, and can leave stubborn pigmentation behind.
- Dr. Sherber spends time tracing back through exposure histories and evaluating the skin for subtle clues, and may recommend a biopsy to clarify the cause of skin symptoms relating to allergy.
- Dr. Sherber may prescribe a “skin diet” to eliminate potential allergens in your skincare products, makeup, or haircare.
- For allergies relating to medications, supplements, or dietary sources, Dr. Sherber may involve an allergist to assist in getting to the root cause of the problem.
- Prescription medications may be needed in the short term to calm an allergic reaction.