Skin Allergy Test & Treatment in South Miami
What is a skin allergy?
A skin allergy, sometimes called dermatitis, is actually just an overreaction of your immune system when certain things come into contact with your skin. These things are known as allergens and will typically result in redness or itching on your skin’s surface. Sometimes, a skin allergy is apparent at birth and caring for it becomes a normal part of your day-to-day life. In other cases, a skin allergy can seemingly appear out of nowhere later in life. In either case, determining the allergen that is causing your skin to react can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. Entrusting an experienced dermatologist to perform skin allergy testing on you can help you figure out what is causing your allergic reaction and what treatment option will work best for you in managing your skin allergy. At the Skin Center of South Miami, we have years of experience helping patients to accurately detect skin allergies and successfully manage even the most severe skin allergies.
What are the common causes of skin allergies?
The most common causes of skin allergies include the following allergens:
- Cleaning products
- Poison ivy
- Poison oak
- Poison sumac
- Bug sprays
- Nickel (found in makeup, jewelry, shampoos, and other common items)
When should I see a dermatologist for skin allergies?
Visit one of our skin experts at the Skin Center of South Miami if you experience any of the following symptoms of a skin allergy:
- Red skin
- Itchy skin
- Bumpy skin
- Splotchy skin
- Dry skin
- Flaking skin
How is a skin allergy diagnosed?
Our physicians at the Skin Center of South Miami can check your symptoms and perform certain skin tests to determine possible allergens. Often, a test called the TRUE test is performed, which involves placing a series of patches on your back, which contain possible allergens. After a couple days of wearing the patches, your doctor will evaluate your skin’s response and make a diagnosis.
What does skin allergy treatment involve?
The Skin Center of South Miami offers a wide range of personalized skin allergy treatment options that are tailored to suit your personal concerns and needs. Depending on the extent and type of skin allergy you suffer from, we may recommend one or more of the following dermatitis treatments:
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Corticosteroid creams
- Cold compresses
- Allergy shots
In rare situations, a severe skin allergic reaction could occur. In these cases, it is important to contact an emergency medical provider. An allergic emergency is often characterized by swollen lips and shortness of breath.
What are the benefits of visiting a skin allergy doctor at the Skin Center of South Miami?
Visiting a skin allergy specialist at the Skin Center of South Miami for a skin exam and allergy diagnosis can result in the following benefits:
- Experienced, certified dermatologists
- Accurate diagnosis of any allergies
- Ability to begin treatment for any identified allergies
- Done during a short office visit
- Effective management of uncomfortable allergy symptoms
If you believe you may be suffering from a skin allergy, visit our experienced dermatologists at the Skin Center of South Miami. Our providers are experts when it comes to skin exams and detecting skin allergies. Our team is dedicated to delivering personalized dermatology care for every patient, no matter how big or small your concerns are. Call us at 305-740-6181 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation today.