allergic contact dermatitis

Allergic Contact Dermatitis — Mechanism, Diagnosis, & Treatment

If you’ve ever been outdoors, chances are you or someone you know has encountered poison ivy. The rash from poison ivy is extremely itchy. Doctors can diagnose poison ivy from a mile away because of the characteristic symptoms and history. Poison ivy rash doesn’t develop right away. It builds up hours after the exposure and may not even develop on first contact. Dermatologists have a specific name for the rash caused by poison ivy — allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is a special kind of allergic reaction in the skin. It occurs when the skin becomes sensitized to a foreign […]

Halloween Face Paint Skin Allergies

Halloween is around the corner. That means haunted houses, gorging on candy, and putting together a clever costume. Some costumes area easy to put together with a few key accessories. Other costumes require a little more effort and attention to detail. If your costume requires face paint, body paint, or some other chemicals you normally wouldn’t be exposed to, you may be at risk of developing a skin allergy. Trust me, face paint skin allergies are no fun. Read about the most common skin allergies here and make sure to avoid these ingredients in your Halloween makeup. Or suffer the […]