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Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis Testing and Treatment in Leesburg, VA

Patch Tests for Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin becomes inflamed as a result of contact with an allergen (the substance that triggers an allergic reaction). The result is a red, itchy rash that can be uncomfortable, but isn’t contagious or life-threatening. By knowing what allergens affect you, you can learn to avoid triggers and reduce allergy symptoms.

Common triggers for allergic contact dermatitis include:

  • Dyes
  • Latex
  • Rubber
  • Nickel

When the immune system senses these allergens, it triggers an allergic reaction. Determining the source of the allergy can prove difficult through circumstances alone. Patch testing allows an allergist to narrow down and determine what substances you should avoid in order to ease your allergic contact dermatitis.

Some people do not have a true allergic contact dermatitis; instead their skin is irritated by substances such as harsh soaps which is why we recommend getting a patch test to determine if you have contact dermatitis.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Skin rash limited to an exposed area such as directly under a watchband
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Red patches of skin which resemble a burn
  • Red rash or bumps
  • Severe to mild itching
  • Blisters, draining fluid and crusting in severe reactions

Patch Test Procedures

A patch test is conducted in office by a trained nurse practitioner under the supervision of an allergist. Reaction to the test is monitored to determine test results and to ensure your safety and comfort.

During testing, a small amount of substance is placed under a small patch on the skin. The skin’s reaction to the substance helps to determine which substances trigger an allergic reactions and which do not. By knowing which allergens to avoid, you gain the ability to ease your allergy symptoms by reducing future exposure.

Treating Allergic Contact Dermatitis

At Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute, Dr. Laura Ispas oversees all patch testing in our office. After studying test results, she will speak with you about the test findings. Together, Dr. Ispas and you will create a plan for avoiding allergens to ease allergic contact dermatitis and other allergic conditions. Simple measures can be taken to control your daily environment, minimizing exposure and giving you peace of mind. We will also discuss how to respond should allergic reaction occur in the future and what sorts of treatments may assist in managing symptoms.

If you suffer from allergies, give us a call at 571.399.5132. We will be happy to assist you in taking the next step toward allergy relief.

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