Do you have a rash that is red and itchy? Or do you also have blisters, fissures, scaling, tenderness and burning sensation on your skin? You may have Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD); a rash that results from your skin touching a substance that you are allergic to.

Did you know that you can become allergic to jewelry and cosmetic products that you have been using for weeks, months, or even years?  When this happens, the allergen triggers an immune reaction in your skin.  This leads to a rash that develops 2 – 5 days after exposure.

Examples of Allergens

You come into contact with allergens every day.  At home.  At work.  While engaging in a hobby.  Common examples of allergens that can cause a rash include:  rubber gloves, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry, and poison ivy. These are only a few of potentially thousands of different allergens that you could be exposed to during your day-to-day life.  Some allergens you may truly be allergic to.  Others may cause skin sensitivity.

Difficult to Diagnose

Since there are so many possible causes, Allergic Contact Dermatitis can be difficult to diagnose.  Thankfully, a Dermatologist can help!  At Dermatology Associates of Lincoln, our providers will perform a complete review of your history and a physical exam.  If we believe your rash may be Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Patch Testing may be an option.  During Patch Testing, we place a series of adhesive patches to your back.  Each patch contains different allergens.  Often we test up to 80 different allergens.  Over time, we monitor your skins reaction to each allergen.  As a result, we learn which allergens you are most sensitive to.

What Next?

Patch Testing will help you learn what you are and are not allergic to.  With this information you will then be able to avoid the substances that cause a rash.

Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 402-413-7460.

Jay Arthur PA-C