Allergies and Eczema: What to Expect from Patch Testing

Did you know that eczema can sometimes be caused by allergies? While the exact cause of eczema is often unknown, in some cases it appears to be caused by allergies. If you have eczema that resists treatment, you may need to go through allergy testing to determine if that is the cause. If so, treatment options for allergies are available that can reduce or eliminate eczema. One of the most common ways to test for allergies is patch testing.

What Is Patch Testing?

Patch testing is a form of allergy testing that is designed to determine if a specific allergy is causing skin irritations such as eczema. The suspected allergen is infused in a patch that is placed on the skin. One or more patches may be used at a time. If there is a particular allergen that is suspected, you may only have a few patches. However, it is not uncommon to have 20 to 30 patches at once. 

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What Is XTRAC Laser Treatment, and How Does It Help Psoriasis and Vitiligo?

Psoriasis and vitiligo are skin conditions that can affect your appearance and confidence, not just your skin. There are several available treatments for psoriasis and a few treatments available for vitiligo. One of the most effective treatments that has been used for decades is phototherapy, where UVB light is focused on the area. The XTRAC laser treatment is based on a similar principle. 

What Is XTRAC Laser?

The XTRAC laser uses focused and concentrated UVB rays. It works similarly to traditional phototherapy, but gives much faster results. The laser is very safe and doesn’t affect the surrounding skin as phototherapy might. The laser concentrates the UVB rays in the target area so that the skin condition is treated but the rest of your skin remains healthy.

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