Common skin allergies include eczema, contact dermatitis, hives and allergic dermatitis.
Skin allergies affect many Americans. In 1997, contact dermatitis and other eczema were diagnosed at over 8.5 million physician office visits and 499,000 hospital outpatient visits. Hives affects 10 to 20 percent of the general population at some time in their lives, and allergic dermatitis is the most common skin condition in children younger than 11 years of age1,2.
Symptoms of these common skin conditions include itching (contact dermatitis, hives), itchy rashes (eczema and allergic dermatitis), oozing blisters (eczema), and swelling and redness (hives).
Take steps to reduce your exposure to allergens:
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