Do you often struggle to avoid scratching? An itchy red rash, dry skin, raised bumps or swollen skin can be very uncomfortable. You might feel embarrassed and anxious, especially if you don’t know what’s causing your symptoms. Is it a skin allergy or something else?
Some common skin conditions look and feel very similar but have different causes. We’ve put together a guide to these skin allergies and irritations. If you already have a diagnosis for your rash, you can go straight to the right one:
- Contact dermatitis (allergic and irritant)
- Atopic dermatitis
- Hives and angioedema
Managing a skin condition usually starts with avoiding whatever causes your symptoms or makes them worse. Your healthcare provider may suggest emollients to soothe and strengthen your skin, as well as other measures and medication. We’ll talk more about that below. First let’s look at why skin allergy happens.