What Caused My Rash?

By Integrated Dermatology
June 11, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Contact Dermatitis   Rash  

RashItching to find out what's causing your rash? Read on.

Have you been dealing with a recurrent, itchy rash? If the rash is new and isolated to a certain area of your body, it can often be blamed on contact dermatitis. Often, the best way to identify what caused your rash is to talk to your West Palm Beach dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology about where the rash originated.

Rash on the Head and Neck

Rashes that form on your face, neck and hairline are often identified as contact dermatitis, which develops as the result of an allergy. Switching makeup brands can trigger an allergic reaction. Also, sometimes companies will change their formulas, and products you've used for years may suddenly cause a rash. Grooming tools like tweezers and eyelash curlers can contain nickel, a common allergen, which can cause an itchy breakout after coming into contact with the sensitive skin around your eyes. Even shampoos and conditioners can cause a rash where the product has run down your face while rinsing it in the shower. If you notice a rash on the side of your face where you hold your cell phone to talk, you may be allergic to one or more of the metals often used to manufacture electronics. 

Once the source of the rash is identified, discontinuing use of the product usually solves the problem within a couple weeks.

Rash on the Extremities

Have you taken a hike in a wooded area? Poison ivy is often the culprit behind itchy rashes that form on the arms and legs. Other plants like stinging nettle or hemlock may also cause a rash if they are encountered during a walk in the woods. Your West Palm Beach dermatologist suggests breaking down the oils from these plants by washing any exposed areas thoroughly with a detergent soap after a walk in the woods, whether or not you're aware of coming into contact with any irritating plants.

Rashes can also crop up on the fingers or wrists from wearing jewelry that contains nickel. The dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach have seen many adult patients who previously had no problems but developed this allergy later in life.

If you're not sure what's causing your rash, one of our skilled dermatology professionals can perform a patch test to find out exactly what your skin is allergic to. Whatever the cause, recurrent rashes should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Contact Integrated Dermatology today to get to the bottom of your rash, and get relief!