The month of November is National Healthy Skin Month. The skin is the human body’s largest organ, so it is important to take good care of it. There are multiple skin conditions that can affect your day to day life. Learn more about them below.
Urticaria, or hives, is a skin condition where there are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin. These areas can appear anywhere on the body and can be any size. Hives mostly disappear within a few days or weeks, however there are cases of symptoms staying for several months or years. Symptoms lasting several months or years is classified as chronic urticaria. Urticaria can be allergy related, although a majority of chronic cases are not related to allergies.
Dermatitis, or eczema, is an inflammation of the skin that produces red, scaly, itchy rashes. There are two forms of dermatitis: atopic and contact. This is a chronic skin condition and is often related to food allergy, asthma, or allergic rhinitis. Eczema usually begins in early childhood. Contact dermatitis is a rash that is caused by certain substances coming into contact with the skin. There are two forms of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. Irritant contact dermatitis is when the substance damages part of the skin, while allergic contact dermatitis is caused by contact with an allergen. A common example of allergic contact dermatitis is poison ivy.
It is important to understand your skin and how it reacts to allergens or chemicals. If you are experiencing itchiness, redness, swelling, or scaly skin you might have a skin condition. If you are not sure what is causing your skin reaction, it is important to see an allergist. At National Allergy & ENT, our allergists can help diagnosis and treat your skin condition and get you back to healthy skin! To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.