Sensitive Skin or Skin Allergies? How Allergy Testing Gives You Answers

It can be frustrating to constantly feel like your skin is crawling, itching, or burning. It can also be confusing, especially if you don’t develop much of a rash or any redness at all. That pain can feel like it is coming out of nowhere, and it could be a result of any number of chemicals in your everyday life. 

Some people just have sensitive skin, although this isn’t really a diagnosis. Having sensitive skin just means that you are more prone to developing a reaction to everyday chemicals and compounds that you come into contact with, but it could also mean that you have undiagnosed skin allergies that are recurring simply because they are unidentified.

When your body encounters something that it considers a threat, your immune system goes into overdrive fighting off the invader. You can develop tingling, prickling, or burning sensations, as well as general redness or a painful rash in severe reactions. These are your body’s reactions to fighting off the allergen.

There are a lot of different allergens that you could be having an issue with, not ever really knowing it. You could have a rash or redness most of the time. If you don’t know what’s causing it, you can’t avoid it.

And really, that’s most of what allergy treatment is—avoidance. There are, of course, topical steroids and other medications that can help with the symptoms of skin allergies and sensitive skin, but these only treat symptoms. The only way to avoid allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergen altogether.

In order to have the most effective treatment, it therefore becomes necessary to test the skin for different allergies. A physician can examine the ingredients of the products you use in your home and conduct comprehensive skin patch testing that will show which allergens are the problem. This way you can change your buying habits to avoid the allergens.

If you are ready to do something about your sensitive skin or skin allergies, contact us today for an appointment.

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