Skin Allergy Testing
Identify the cause of your allergic reaction
Allergy testing identifies your body's reaction to allergens like mold, pet dander, bee stings, and peanuts. A simple skin prick test introduces allergens into your skin to check for a wheal (raised mark), rash, or other reactions. Blood tests can also check for IgE antibodies. The results can help you take steps to manage allergies and avoid certain substances.
Skin allergies occur in individuals with hypersensitive or reactive immune systems. Allergic reactions most typically occur when the skin comes into contact with a substance that the immune system perceives as dangerous or harmful. However - aside from direct touch - ingestion, inhalation, or injection are all examples of ways skin allergies can manifest.
There are 4 types of hypersensitivity, ranging from Type 1 to Type 4. Type 1 allergic reactions occur immediately, while Type 4 reactions are delayed as the body processes the foreign substance. When redness or irritation occurs upon contact with an object or substance, that is referred to as contact dermatitis.
There are two types of contact dermatitis:
- Irritant contact dermatitis - Usually caused by cleansers or topical skincare products
- Allergic contact dermatitis - Brought upon by an allergic reaction
Causes of skin allergies
Some common triggers for skin allergies include:
- Topical Antibiotics
- Cleaning supplies
- Hair dye
How To Treat Skin Allergies
The best way to protect yourself from skin allergies is through allergy testing. Know what your body reacts to and avoid that substance to the best of your ability. Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery currently offers convenient and affordable skin allergy testing in Delray Beach, FL.