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Pictures of Itchy Skin Rashes
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like.
Pictures of Hives
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like. Page 7.
Find out the most common causes of itching and how itching can be treated.
What Folliculitis Looks Like
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like. Page 6.
Skin Allergy
Have an itchy rash? Think it might be due to skin allergies? Start here to learn the basics of allergic skin rashes and which type you may have.
Eyelid Rash
Learn about the most common causes of an eyelid rash, and how these various conditions are treated.
What Ringworm (Tinea) Looks Like
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like. Page 5.
What You Need to Know About Sulfite Allergies
Allergic reactions to sulfites can occur in many forms. Sulfites in foods and medications can worsen asthma symptoms, result in hives and even cause life-threatening anaphylaxis.
What Eczema Looks Like
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like.
5 Reasons People Get Hives
Find out what may be causing your hives, whether acute or chronic. Viral infection, allergic reaction, stress, chronic infections, metabolic diseases?
What Poison Oak and Ivy Rashes Look Like
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like. Page 2.
Hives: The Symptoms and How to Treat Them
If you or a loved one suffer from hives, start here to learn all about the causes, evaluation and treatment of hives (urticaria) and swelling (angioedema).
What Dermatitis Herpetiformis Looks Like
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like. Page 4.
Sinus Infection
Learn the basics of sinusitis, including the types of sinus infections, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.
Urticaria and Angioedema
Urticaria is a common problem encountered by the practicing allergist, yet are very distressing to patients.
What Psoriasis Looks Like
Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like. Page 3.
Medicines You Should Take for Hives
Learn the best ways to treat hives.
What You Should Know About Angioedema
Learn about angioedema, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that causes swelling of the lips, throat and tongue, and its possible causes and treatments.
Sulfa Drug Allergy
Allergic reactions to sulfa medications, also called sulfonamides, are a common occurrence.
What Should I Use for Itchy Skin?
Find out which types of anti-itch creams should be avoided, and which types are safe to use.
What to Do if You Have This Unfortunate Bandage...
It is common for people to experience rashes from bandages, tapes, adhesives, and just about anything that is made to stick to the skin. As more people use transdermal patches for the delivery of medications, such as nicotine and birth control patches, these rashes are likely to become even more common. Find out all about adhesive allergy, including the diagnosis and treatment of this irritating skin condition.
Creams for Eczema
Atopic dermatitis can usually be well controlled with good skin care and prevention measures.
What's Causing Your Eczema Flare-Ups?
Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is described, including presentation at different ages, symptoms, and diagnosis. Discussion also includes common triggers, both irritant and allergic, known to worsen atopic dermatitis.
Causes of Cough
Find out the most common causes of cough, how a cough should be evaluated, and the treatments used for the various types.
Can Stress Cause Hives?
There are numerous causes of hives, including stress. Learn about different types of stress that have been commonly shown to cause and worsen hives.
What Is Dermatographism?
Dermatographism is a common form of physical urticaria characterized by red, itchy bumps and lines on the skin as a result of pressure on the skin or with stroking the skin. Learn more about the causes and treatment of dermatographism.
What if You're Allergic to Your Deodorant?
Learn about deodorant and antiperspirant allergy, including the causes, diagnosis and treatment of this common problem. Find out about hypoallergenic deodorants and antiperspirants, including the natural crystal deodorant, which many people with deodorant and antiperspirant allergies can tolerate.
Can a Woman Be Allergic to her Period?
Learn about the different types of allergic rashes that occur during the menstrual cycle, including autoimmune progesterone dermatitis and catamenial anaphylaxis.
Dog Breeds for People with Dog Allergies
While there is no such thing as a non-allergenic dogs, certain breeds of dogs cause fewer allergies than others.
Fungal Sinus Infections
Learn about the different types of sinus infections caused by fungi, including the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for each type.
Symptoms and Treatment of Eye Allergies
Many people suffer from red, itchy, irritated eyes. This could be as a result of eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis. Learn more about this common allergic disease, symptoms that you may experience, testing that can be done and treatments that are available.
Get to Know the Short- and Long-Term Effects of...
Oral and injected steroids can cause significant short-term and long-term side effects. Learn what these side effects are, and why these medications should be taken only when necessary.
Why Do Some People Get Hives and Heat Rash?
Cholinergic urticaria is a common form of hives caused by increased heat exposure. Symptoms of small, itchy red bumps occur after hot showers, exercise, eating spicy foods and from sweating in general. Find out more about the symptoms of cholinergic urticaria, how it's diagnosed and the treatments available.
Should You Use Hydrocortisone Cream for Itching?
Learn how hydrocortisone cream is an effective treatment for many types of allergic skin rashes, as well as insect bites and skin forms of dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).
What Is Contact Dermatitis?
The location of contact dermatitis can be a major clue as to the cause of the symptoms. A diagnosis is made with the use of a patch test, which along with the location of the rash and the history of contact with various chemicals. Learn the common causes of contact dermatitis based on the location of the rash.
Is It Possible to Be Allergic to Hair Dye?
Learn all about hair dye allergy, including the most common causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Sulfa Allergy and Sulfite Allergy
Find out about allergy to sulfa, sulfites, sulfates and sulfur.
Spice Allergy
Learn all about spice allergy, including symptoms that may occur, how spice allergy is diagnosed, as well as the treatments that are available.
Are Anti-Itch Creams Safe to Use on Your Face?
Ever wonder if you should be using steroid creams on the face? You might be surprised about the kinds of side effects that can occur from over-using topical steroids on the face. Find out which medications can be safely used on the face for eczema and other allergic rashes.
Allergic Reactions to Hand Washing
Learn about the most common causes of hand rashes, and the best ways to prevent and treat this common problem.
How to Treat Hives
Find out from a board-certified allergist about the best medicines to take to treat hives.
Are Topical Steroids Safe for Eczema Treatment?
Find out about the different types of topical steroids used to treat various allergic skin diseases, the types of topical steroids that are available, and the side effects they may cause.
The Difference Between Singulair and Antihistam...
How Singulair is different from antihistamines for the treatment of allergies.
Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions are very common -- from hives and swelling, to trouble breathing and anaphylaxis, there are a number of different symptoms that can be considered to represent allergic reactions. The causes of allergic reactions vary from foods and medicines, to insect stings and bites. Learn more about allergic reactions, including the treatment of these potentially life-threatening reactions.
Nasal Steroid Sprays for Allergies
Learn all about nasal steroids, including the different brands available, and what the major differences are between the brands.
Allergy Symptoms
Learn about what the most common allergy symptoms are from a board certified allergist.
Is Zyrtec the Best Allergy Medication?
Learn if Zyrtec is a good antihistamine for the treatment of allergies, and read about the dosage and side effect of this common medication used to treat hay fever and hives.
What to Do About Bedbug Bites
Bedbug bites can appear as itchy, red bumps and are frequently confused with allergic rashes. Learn how to tell if you've been bitten, and what to do.
What You Need to Know About Antihistamines
Antihistamines are commonly used medications for the treatment of allergies. Learn all about antihistamines, including how they work, what allergic conditions they are used for, which types are available over-the-counter, and the various side effects that may occur.
How Effective Is Claritin for Allergies?
Find out if Claritin is a good antihistamine to take for the treatment of hay fever and hives, as well as the correct dosage to take and the common side effects that may occur.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Learn about the symptoms and diagnosis of allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) from Dr. Daniel More, a board-certified allergist.
What Are the Symptoms of MSG Allergy?
Learn what symptoms to look for if you think you may have an MSG allergy.
Learn all about scabies, including the symptoms of this common skin infection, how the condition is diagnosed and treated, as well as ways to reduce the chances of recurrence.
What is the Treatment For Itchy Eyes?
Learn about the various methods for the treatment of itchy eyes associated with eye allergy.
Asian Ladybug Allergy
Asian ladybugs are a newly described indoor allergy trigger, and are infesting homes around North America. Find out more about Asian ladybug allergy.
Have an Aspirin Allergy? Avoid These Medications
Allergy to aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is a common occurrence, especially for people with asthma and sinus problems. Find out the symptoms of NSAID allergy, how this disease process is diagnosed, and the treatment options available.
Mosquito Allergy
Find out about mosquito allergy and what can be done to prevent and treat the reactions.
What You Should Know About Mold Allergies
Mold spores, like pollen, are a common cause of allergic disease. Learn the different types of diseases caused by mold exposure, the different types of molds that cause indoor and outdoor allergies, and find out how to decrease your exposure to molds.
Is Allegra the Right Allergy Medication for You?
Allegra (or fexofenadine) is a newer generation medication for the treatment of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and urticaria (hives).
How to Prevent Side Effects of Inhaled Steroids
Some people get oral thrush from using inhaled steroids, even if good mouth rinsing and tooth brushing techniques are followed. Find out other ways to prevent thrush for people that seem predisposed to this common condition.
What Are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are growths inside the sinuses and nasal passages that can occur with allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, along with many other respiratory diseases. Find out more about nasal polyps, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options available.
Dog Allergy
Find out why dog allergy occurs, where the allergy comes from and ways to control symptoms.
What Is the Best Medicine for Asthma?
The best medicine for a person's asthma depends on a number of factors, including asthma severity, personal preference, and safety of medicines.
Keratosis Pilaris
Do you have a sandpaper-like rash on your upper arms, thighs or face that doesn't itch? It may not be eczema, but keratosis pilaris.
The Different Symptoms of a Potential Grass...
Learn about the different symptoms that grass allergy can cause.
Here Are 2 Ways Doctors Test for Allergies
Not sure what to expect on the day of your allergy test? Learn about the most common tests used to diagnose allergy. From skin testing to blood tests, this article explains the types of testing that may be used to diagnose your allergies.
The Complete Guide to Treating Seasonal Allergies
Think you might have seasonal allergies? Hay fever is the classic form of seasonal allergies, occurring in response to various plant pollens in the air. Find out which types of plants cause allergies during different times of the year, and how you might be able to avoid exposure to these pollens.
Flovent, QVAR, Pulmicort, Alvesco, or Asmanex
There are a number of different inhaled steroids available to treat asthma. Which one should you use -- Flovent, QVAR, Pulmicort, Alvesco, or Asmanex?
Quick Facts About Penicillin Allergies
About one in 10 people reports a history of penicillin allergy. Find out more about this common allergy and learn the symptoms, common causes, and ways to diagnose this type of medication allergy. Learn more about other related antibiotics that you should also avoid if you are penicillin-allergic.
Everything You Should Know About Iodine...
Many people have experienced reactions as a result of receiving IV dye for a radiologic study. Most of these reactions are mild, but some can be severe.
Cephalosporins and Penicillin Allergy
Learn if a person with a pencillin allergy can safely take cephalosporin antibiotics.
How to Treat Bee Sting Allergy
An allergist describes the best way to treat allergic reactions caused by bee stings.
Itching and Rashes During Pregnancy
Learn about the most common causes of itching and rashes during pregnancy, and the treatments for each.
Do You Have an Allergy, a Cold, or a Cold...
Cold urticaria is a form of chronic hives caused by exposure to cold environments, cold food and drinks, and contact with cold water. People may experience severe allergic reactions or anaphyalxis in some instances. Find out more about cold urticaria, what causes it, and the treatments that are available.
Sinus Rinse
Sinus rinses have been shown to be a beneficial therapy in the treatment and prevention of sinus infections and allergic rhinitis.
Could I Be Allergic to Alcoholic Beverages?
Find out if the symptoms you're experiencing after drinking an alcoholic beverage could be an allergy.
Coffee Allergy
Can you be allergic to coffee, or could it be the caffeine? Find out how common coffee allergy is.
What is an Allergy?
Most everyone has an idea of what allergies are, but an allergist's definition of an allergy is quite different.
The Important Link Between Allergies and Post...
While post nasal drip may be caused by allergies, there are a number of other diseases than can cause this debilitating symptom.
Most Common Location for Eczema
Learn why eczema occurs in different locations of the body at different ages.
Albuterol Inhalers for Asthma
Learn about the various types of albuterol inhalers for the treatment of asthma -- including ProAir, Ventolin and Proventil -- and whether there's any significant differences between them.
Winter Allergies
Learn about the various causes of winter allergies.
Triggers of Contact Dermatitis to Watch Out For
The most important aspect of treating contact dermatitis is the identification and avoidance of the causative agent. With thousands of chemicals having the ability to cause contact dermatitis, it may be difficult to determine the exact cause. Find out some important tips on the identification and avoidance of common triggers of contact dermatitis.
Antihistamines for Nasal Allergies
Find out which antihistamines work the best to treat hay fever and which ones have the least amount of sedation.
Are There Any Generic Asthma Inhalers?
Learn if there are any generic asthma inhalers available.
Allergy to Food Additives and Preservatives
Find out more about reactions to food additives, what to look for and what foods to avoid.
Do Allergies Cause a Sore Throat?
Although there are a number of potential causes, yes, allergies can be the cause of your sore throat. But 'sore throat' can refer to a lot of things.
Are 3 Month Allergy Shots Safe?
Many people get a once a season allergy shot for the treatment of allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, these shots typically include corticosteroids, which can cause severe side effects if taken too often.
Is triamcinolone cream useful for treating skin...
Triamcinolone cream is a medium-potency topical steroid used for treating various allergic skin rashes.
Non Allergic Rhinitis
Approximately half of all people going to the allergist for nose and sinus complaints have a non-allergic component to their symptoms.
Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis
There are numerous types of medications used to treat allergic rhinitis, and the choices can be overwhelming. Learn about the best medicines.
Fire Ant Allergy Treatment
Learn the DOs and DON'Ts of fire ants, and find out how allergy shots can essentially cure fire ant allergy.
Sunscreen Allergy
Sunscreens are used to protect from the dangers of sun exposure. Some of the chemicals in them cause allergic reactions, mostly contact dermatitis.
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a chronic, recurrent skin disease that commonly occurs in early childhood but can continue or start in adulthood. Like other allergies and asthma, atopic dermatitis tends to run in families.
Sex Allergy
Learn about the types of allergic reactions that can occur during sex.
Don't Ignore These Side Effects of Inhaled...
The are some potentially adverse reactions from inhaled corticosteroids, which are used for the treatment of asthma.
Allergies That Occur While at the Beach
Learn about the different types of allergic reactions that can occur during a day at the beach.
Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Asthma and Allergies
Learn how vitamin D deficiency may cause asthma and allergies.
How to Determine if You Have a Sun Allergy
There are many forms of sun allergy. Find out what form of sun allergy that you may have, as well as how these diseases are diagnosed and treated.
How Can I Get Relief From My Dry Skin?
Dry skin affects people of all ages, especially during the winter months. Symptoms of dry skin, also called xerosis or the winter itch, include red, flaky, dry skin, often with painful cracking on the hands and feet. An aggressive moisturizing technique developed by dermatologists, called soak and smear, can bring relief within just a few days.
Meat Allergy
Learn about meat allergy, including allergy to the carbohydrate galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose.
Don't Ignore Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a form of food allergy that causes severe heartburn symptoms, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and food impaction. This disease can affect people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It occurs most commonly in people with other allergic dieases, such as hayfever and asthma. Learn more about how this syndrome is diagnosed, what foods are the common triggers, and how the symptoms are treated,
Does Doxepin Help for Hives and Itching?
Learn about the use of doxepin for hives and itching.
Nasal Sprays for Allergies
Nasal sprays are the most effective medications for the treatment of nasal allergies.
How Electronic Cigarettes Could Affect...
Learn about e-cigarettes, and whether these devices are safe for people with allergies and asthma.
Spider Bite or Skin Infection?
Learn how to tell the difference between a spider bite and a possible MRSA skin infection.
Have a Latex Allergy? Learn About Latex-Food...
Are you allergic to latex? If so, there is a good chance that you may also be allergic to at least one of a large group of fruits and vegetables that share similar proteins with latex. Find out about the latex-food syndrome and what should be done to diagnose this problem.
Allergy to Different Dog Breeds
Ever wonder if you can be allergic to one kind or type of dog but not another? Learn more about the intricacies of dog allergies.
Fruit and Vegetable Allergies
Ever had itching, tingling or swelling of the mouth after eating fresh fruits or vegetables? You may have experienced oral allergy syndrome. Find out more about this interesting form of food allergy and how it relates to pollen allergy.
What Are the Best Medications for Allergies?
There are numerous medications available for the treatment of allergy symptoms.
Can You Be Allergic to Marijuana?
Learn about the different forms of allergy that marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, can cause, including how each form of marijuana allergy is diagnosed and treated.
Allergy Treatment
Learn about the various allergy treatments for a wide variety of different allergic diseases.
Could You Be Allergic to Latex?
An allergy to latex is common among healthcare works and people who have undergone multiple surgeries. Some are also allergic to certain foods.
Your Guide to Managing Allergies During Pregnancy
Many women suffer from allergies during pregnancy, yet many chose not to use medications out of safety concerns for the baby. This article explains allergic and non-allergic forms if rhinitis commonly occuring during pregnancy, how allergies are diagnosed and recommended ways to treat allergies during pregnancy.
Learn About These Common Reactions to Medications
Start here for a basic overview of allergic and non-allergic reactions to medications. Specific medications are covered, along with information on symptoms, avoidance, and possible testing for allergies to certain medications.
How Can I Tell if My Symptoms Are Due to...
Find out how to determine if your nasal symptoms are due to allergies or caused by the common cold.
What You Need to Know About Fall Allergies
Learn all about fall allergies, from weed pollen allergy (such as ragweed) and considerations for back to school for the allergic child, to food allergies on Halloween night.
Allergy to Essential Oils
Learn about the types of allergic reactions that can occur as a result of using essential oils.
How Eczema Can Be Treated
Elidel and Protopic are relatively new non-steroid topical medications used for the treatment of eczema. In 2005, they were given
How Can Benadryl Help Your Allergies?
Learn why Benadryl may not be the best antihistamine choice for the treatment of allergies, and which other antihistamines are better choices.
Does sun exposure help eczema?
Learn why sun exposure can actually help people with eczema.
How to Make Your Own Nasal Saline Rinse
Nasal saline irrigation is helpful for the prevention and treatment of allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. Make your own solution for a Neti pot.
Allergic to My Pet
If you're allergic to your pet, you may not have to get rid of your furry friend. Here are some tips to follow to reduce your allergy symptoms.
Have you had a severe allergic reaction requiring emergency medical care? If so, you may have experienced anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Find out the common causes of anaphyalxis, signs to look for, and ways to be prepared should another episode occur.
Should You Worry About a Sun Rash?
Solar urticaria is an uncommon form of chronic hives caused by exposure to the sun. Hives can form on areas of skin directly exposed to sunlight. Find out more about solar urticaria, how it's diagnosed and the treatments available.
The Myth of Hypoallergenic Dogs
Learn why the concept of a hypoallergenic breed of dog is a complete hoax.
Itchy Rash After Swimming
Learn what causes an itchy rash after swimming in a lake or the ocean.
Penicillin Allergy Testing
Allergy testing to penicillin is available, and has been shown to be very accurate in its ability to diagnose or exclude a true allergy to penicillin.
Tree Nut Allergy
Learn everything you've wanted to know about the various tree nuts that can cause food allergies.
Allergies to Cooking Oils
Learn all about various types of vegetable cooking oils, such as peanut and soybean oil, and whether this oils cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies.
What to Avoid on a Corn Free Diet
Corn is a cereal grain with proteins that are similar to those in other cereal grains, such as wheat. While allergic reactions to corn are not as common as wheat, those that do occur can be severe. Find out more about allergic reactions to corn, and how to follow a corn-free diet.
Do Antihistamines Cause Weight Gain?
Find out if the use of antihistamines could result in weight gain.
Are Mold, Food, and Penicillin Allergies Related?
Find out if mold allergy predisposes you to penicillin or food allergies.
Expired EpiPen
Find out if you should ever use an expired EpiPen to treat anaphylaxis or other severe allergic reaction.
The Big Link Between Allergies and Migraines
Allergies and migraine headaches are both common medical problems. Many people with allergies complain of
Steroid Allergy
Learn about allergic reactions to corticosteroids, including to topical, inhaled, oral and injected formulations.
Swelling From Bee Stings and Mosquito Bites
Learn why localized swelling at the sites of mosquito bites and insect stings may not be of major concern.
Is Hydroxyzine Effective for Treating Allergies?
Learn about the benefits of hydroxyzine for the treatment of hives and itching.
Milk Allergy
Learn all you've ever wanted to know about milk allergy, including the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment of milk allergy.
Ferret Allergy
Find out how ferret and cat allergy are similar, how you can be diagnosed and what can be done to treat this type of pet allergy.
Allergy Shots
A basic overview of what allergy shots are, how they work and the potential risks of this type of treatment.
Chronic Sinusitis
Learn about the various types of chronic sinusitis, including allergic fungal sinusitis and aspirin allergy, including how the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments are different.
Over-The-Counter Eye Drops for Allergies
Find out whether you can use over-the-counter eye drops for eye allergies and why over-the-counter drops may not be a good idea.
Can You Be Allergic to Exercise?
Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) is a severe allergic reaction caused by exercise, and may be related to eating certain foods before exercising. Learn how EIA is different from physical urticarias, such as cholinergic urticaria, how the diagnosis is made, and how it's treated.
Caffeine Allergy
Find out the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of caffeine allergy.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of CSF rhinorrhea -- a brain fluid leak that causes a runny nose.
Allergy Eye Drops and Contact Lenses
Learn if you can wear contact lenses while using allergy eye drops.
Allergy to Tequila, Beer and Wine
Learn the reasons why a person can be allergic to tequila, beer and wine -- and find out what types of alcohol you might be able to drink!
Cat Allergy
Find out why cat allergy occurs, where the allergy comes from and ways to control symptoms. This article is a must-read for any cat owner who is allergic to their pet.
Cosmetic Allergy
Cosmetic allergy is a frequent cause of contact dermatitis in both men and women. Find out all about allergies to makeup.

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