There are a number of different triggers for
skin allergies, and these vary from person-to-person. In some cases, these reactions
can be easily managed at home, while in other cases, emergency care may
be necessary. Here is a closer look at some common skin allergies triggers
and what you should do if you experience symptoms.
Poison ivy is the plant most people think of when they think of skin rashes,
but a number of plants contain oils that can cause allergic reactions
in some people. Plants can cause raised and flat rashes, sores that weep,
itching, and blisters. These types of rashes are often made worse when
people touch them and then touch another part of the body, spreading the
irritating oils. These kinds of skin rashes are often manageable at home,
but if the face is affected, the rash is painful or has bumps that appear
infected, or covers a large portion of the body, seek emergency care.
As Dr. David Feldman of Good Samaritan Hospital
explains in this video, you should get emergency care any time you are concerned about the symptoms
of an allergic reaction, even if you aren’t sure how serious it is.
If you have a food allergy, exposure to the allergen could cause skin
symptoms. Hives and skin rashes are most common with food allergies, and
they are generally in response to eggs, milk, nuts, shellfish, wheat,
peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. Food allergies can be especially serious,
as they can lead to anaphylaxis, so seek emergency care if you experience
Sometimes, a medication can cause a skin allergy. Topical medications
are common culprits, but oral medications can also be to blame. These
kinds of skin allergies can include rashes and hives. As with food allergies,
the reactions can be serious and may require medical care.
Don’t suffer in silence with a skin allergy or other allergic reactions.
Visit the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital for acute care or call our
hospital in San Jose to get a referral to an allergy specialist for chronic conditions. You
can reach out hospital by calling (888) 724-2362.