Unfortunately, skin rashes and allergic reactions are very common in people of all ages. They cause itchiness, scaliness, discomfort, and sometimes even swelling. They also can look very similar to the untrained eye. Dr. Dolder at Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, has extensive training in diagnosing various types of rashes and delivering the most effective treatment option based on the severity, location, and type of rash.
There are a number of common rashes and skin reactions. These include:
- Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is skin condition that causes crusting, cracking, skin flaking, and in extreme cases oozing and bleeding. This condition is most common among children, but adults can have it as well, especially those who already suffer from allergies or asthma. To read more about eczema / atopic dermatitis, click here.
- Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction characterized by a red, itchy, bumpy rash caused by an allergic reaction or direct contact with a substance. Typically seen a few hours after exposure to the irritant, it can last 2-4 weeks if not treated. Common substances that cause contact dermatitis are nickel, lanolin, and poison ivy, oak, and sumac. You can read more about rashes from poison ivy, oak, and sumac here. Read more