Allergic eczema is a form of reaction which your skin displays when you come in contact with an allergen. This is most often seen soon after being exposed to an allergen.
It is also known as allergic dermatitis, contact eczema, allergic contact dermatitis and contact dermatitis.
Causes of Allergy/Eczema
An allergic eczema is mostly seen after you come in contact with an allergen. This is also known as a ‘delayed trigger’ as the reaction takes some time to develop noticeably after being activated. Mostly, the symptoms are seen within the first 24-48 hours after coming in contact with the allergen.
Some of the most common factors for triggering an allergic eczema are:
- Nickel (found in everyday things such as metal jeans buttons and even some jewelry)
- Certain cosmetics and perfumes
- Hair dyes
- Clothing colors
- Cleaning products and soaps
- Poison ivy and similar plants
- Antibiotic creams and ointments (for skin)
Allergic eczema may also develop when the skin is exposed to certain harmful chemicals, especially under sunlight.
Symptoms of Allergy/Eczema
Although the exact symptoms of an allergic eczema may differ from patient to patient and may also change with passing time, there are some common symptoms that are recognized in case a person is suffering from allergic eczema, such as:
- Burning/painful sensation
- Warm and tender skin
- Red bumps oozing or crusting
- Thickened and raw scaly skin
- Red and rough skin
There are various methods of treatment for allergic eczema. The specific type of treatment mainly depends on the severity of the allergic symptoms. However, it is important to immediately wash the allergic area with sufficient amounts of water to remove any trace of the allergen which may risk aggravating the condition.
In case the symptoms are mild and not particularly painful, they tend to go away with moisturizing cream to help keep the skin dehydrated till it heals naturally. Certain over-the-counter corticosteroids (topical creams) are also helpful in relieving the itching and swelling of the skin till it heals completely.
In case the symptoms are severe in nature, then it is advisable to consult an experienced dermatologist. A well-trained dermatology specialist can help recommend the best-suited topical creams or ointments that may help decrease the symptoms as well as stronger corticosteroid pills to help relieve swelling and pain.
Success rate for Allergy/Eczema treatment
With the correct treatment, you can have noticeable results in clearing the allergic reaction symptoms within the first 2-3 weeks, in case the condition is severe.
However, you are always at a risk of the allergic eczema returning if again triggered by an allergen in the future, so care needs to be taken to avoid suspected allergens.
Choosing the correct dermatologist to help you with treatment of your allergic eczema is important for complete relief from all the symptoms as well as full recovery. Select an experienced and well-trained dermatology specialist to ensure that you get an efficient and successful allergy eczema treatment.