Skin allergies can trouble most individuals at one point or the other. An allergic skin condition occurs when the allergen responsible for triggering an immune system responds. Allergy is usually characterized by red, itchy, flaky skin in the affected area . It is also marked by small sores and rashes on the skin.
There are several types of allergic skin conditions. It is usually difficult to identify the cause of allergy. Most allergies subside within a few days, however, chronic infections can last for several years.
Treatment options in most cases are limited to control and management of the symptoms. Scratching or rubbing the rash should be avoided. Applying cold compresses and creams or ointments is helpful. It is important to avoid all irritants that aggravate your condition. If a food is identified as the cause, it should be eliminated from the diet. Moisturizers and topical applications can help to relieve the symptoms.
Corticosteroid and other anti-inflammatory creams applied to the skin are most effective in treating the allergic reaction. Antihistamines are often recommended to help relieve the itchiness. In severe cases, oral corticosteroids are also prescribed. Antibiotics and antiviral medication may be prescribed in associated cases.