Skin Allergy Treatment Center in East Lansing, MI
Asthma and Allergy Clinic of East Lansing Specializes in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Allergies for Children and Adults. We Are Located at 2045 Asher Ct #200, East Lansing, MI 48823. Call Now to Schedule an Appointment.
Irritation of the skin can be caused by many different factors. Allergens, heat, cold, medications, immune system disorders, and infections can all trigger problems with the skin. While our physician treats many skin conditions, our focus is concentrated on immunological triggers. The main skin conditions we treat are dermatitis (also known as eczema), urticaria (also known as hives), and angioedema (swelling of the deep layers of the skin).
Dermatitis is an umbrella term for irritation or inflammation of the skin. The term “dermatitis” is often used interchangeably with “eczema”. When the irritation or inflammation is caused by direct contact with an allergen, it is called allergic contact dermatitis. Examples of allergic contact dermatitis include poison ivy, poison oak, sensitivity to metals, or sensitivity to chemicals. People can develop this form of dermatitis by direct contact with allergenic substances, or by touching a secondary item. For example, if a pet has run through a patch of poison ivy, a person can develop an allergic response by petting that animal. It is important to be cautious of contact with unknown plants and to become familiar with what potentially problematic plants to avoid.
Similarly, a person with a nickel sensitivity can develop allergic contact dermatitis while wearing jewelry with even a small amount of nickel. Many chemicals, metals, and household substances can cause irritation, inflammation, and itching of the skin. There are countless substances that can act as an irritant to sensitive skin, so it is important to identify your triggers and avoid the known irritants. Our board-certified allergist can assist you with identification of such irritants and develop a plan to avoid contact with know triggers.