Redness, itching, and bumps on the skin may be caused by allergic skin reactions. Effective treatment for allergic skin reactions begins with an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham is a board-certified dermatologist who helps the residents of Columbus and Upper Arlington properly identify the cause of their allergic skin reactions and find ways to alleviate the symptoms.
Allergic skin reactions are caused by a variety of triggers, so finding the root cause of your allergic skin reaction takes the trained eye and expertise of a board-certified dermatologist. If the exact trigger of the allergic skin reaction is not identified, you may only have short-term relief from itching, bumps, and redness. The most common types of allergic skin reactions are:
The greatest benefit of treatments for allergic skin reactions is discovering what is causing the condition. Armed with this knowledge, you are able to avoid the triggers and effectively manage the symptoms.
Allergic skin reactions can occur on any part of your face and body, and treatments are tailored to the specific trigger and skin area that is affected.
In order to determine the type of allergic skin reaction you are having, Dr. Hicks-Graham will ask questions about any exposure you may have had to common triggers. As a secondary diagnostic measure, she may perform a skin test. The skin test involves pricking or slightly scratching the skin with a needle that is treated with common allergens. Dr. Hicks-Graham then monitors how your skin reacts to each allergen. The results of the test identify the triggers for your allergic skin reaction and serves as a foundation for your treatment plan.Treatment may include oral medications, topical applications and lifestyle changes.
The best way to prepare for your allergic skin reactions treatment is to take note of any activities that you participate in or products that you use near the time of the allergic skin reaction. This information helps Dr. Hicks-Graham determine the cause of your symptoms.
One of the best ways to protect your skin when you have an allergic skin reaction is not to scratch the area. Doing so may spread the allergen to neighboring skin or lead to an infection. In these situations, recovery may be more complex as Dr. Hicks-Graham must treat a larger area of skin or simultaneously treat the skin infection.Relief from the symptoms of your allergic skin reaction may take a few days, and you may need to make some lifestyle changes, such as changing your soap, jewelry, and diet. Dr. Hicks-Graham will explain these changes during your consultation appointment.
Treatment for allergic skin reactions is often covered under specialty care of medical insurance plans, but you should verify coverage prior to starting your treatment. Our patient coordinator can help with this process. Any amount that is not covered by insurance is your responsibility. We accept payment by cash, check, and major credit card. Financing is available through CareCredit®.
If you have redness, itching, bumps or other signs of an allergic skin reaction, you should contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham. The symptoms may be related to an allergic reaction or another type of skin condition.
A personal consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hicks-Graham is the first step toward getting effective treatment for your allergic skin reaction and other skin conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at your convenience.Itching, irritation, redness and dry skin are difficult symptoms to manage on your own, especially if they are caused by an allergic skin reaction. You may not know what is triggering the symptoms, and over-the-counter medications may not be enough. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham specializes in diagnosing and treating allergic skin reactions experienced by those living in the Greater Columbus area.