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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Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment

When your child has an irritating skin rash arise, you may be concerned about the cause. While some skin rashes are due to allergies and may resolve themselves when the allergen is removed, skin rashes are often the result of psoriasis or eczema. Psoriasis and eczema can appear similar to a parent, but a dermatologist can accurately diagnose your child’s rash and provide the proper treatment.

What is the Difference?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 1 percent of children. It is characterized by raised, red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are usually only mildly itchy, but can break open and bleed if scratched. It can be found anywhere on the body, although the most common places are the scalp, face, buttocks, elbows, and knees.

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by redness and extreme itchiness. Eczema can be caused by a number of things, including allergies or sensitivities to the environment (such as laundry soap or body wash). Many children who suffer from eczema as children do not have a problem as an adult. Continue reading “Psoriasis or Eczema? Know the Difference in Diagnosis and Treatment”