Skin Allergy

Home   >   Allergies   >   Skin Allergy


A skin allergy is an immune reaction that happens when an allergen makes contact with the skin. It can take the form of redness, swelling, itching, and bumps on the surface of the skin.

Causes of Skin Allergy

  • Insect bites and stings
  • Poison ivy and poison oak
  • Household chemicals
  • Skin Allergy in Babies
  • Skin allergies are more common in babies because their skin is thinner and more sensitive. This combined with their lack of hair and low sebum production allows for allergens to penetrate and irritate more easily. Some common allergens that may affect babies are:

  • Fabric such as wool or synthetic like polyester
  • Chemicals in certain detergents, soaps, or talc
  • If you notice a rash, redness, scaling, or blisters on the skin after exposure to clothing or sheets, it is possible that the washing machine detergent you are using is causing the reaction. Skin contact with fibers of wool, polyester, or even metal fasteners can also cause a reaction.

    Treatment of Skin Allergy

    Identifying and avoiding the allergen responsible is the best way to stop a skin allergy. Oral antihistamine and corticosteroid can help relieve the symptoms. A topical application of corticosteroid to the site of the reaction is also a viable treatment.

    Symptoms of Skin Allergy

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Bumps
  • Skin Allergy Prevention and Treatment

    Keeping the skin healthy by moisturizing it and consuming vitamins such as beta-carotene, as well as vitamins C, E, and A, can help prevent allergens from penetrating and causing a reaction. Chamomile and lavender can help provide natural relief for a reaction.