Q. What are the recommended tests for skin rashes due to allergy?

Answered by
Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 16, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have recently relocated to my workplace. Due to relocation, I had to consume outside food for two months. I had started growing skin rashes. It was diagnosed as an allergy. Two medicines have been recommended by the doctor. Allegra 180 mg and Azithromycin 500 mg. I ate drumsticks today and I got the allergies back. Let me know please what all food should not be consumed? What foods should I consume for regaining proper health that would not be allergic? Also, whenever I keep my body heated, the itching fades away, but when it is becoming cold the allergy is back. Are there any tests to be carried out?

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Hello doctor,

Certain cities are known for allergies. Some people who are genetically probing for allergy atopy and hypersensitivity start showing symptoms in certain cities.

It is difficult to say what foods to avoid. But I can give you some ideas about it. There could be a food allergy or aeroallergy. Your place has a lot of ethnic trees and pollen-related allergy. The tests you must do are serum IgE (immunoglobulin E). If the levels are elevated that shows atopy and thereafter you will have to do a skin prick testing or blood immunoCAP testing. The latter two tests will clearly show us which substances can cause allergy in you. If you desire you may get serum IgE and one of the tests (either skin prick or blood immunoCAP) done together.

Meanwhile, keep away from plants and dust. Avoid smoke. Avoid air-conditioner at home or workplace. Try to keep the temperature at an optimum level and not very cold. Drink plenty of water.

Take a diary and note down whenever you eat or drink something different and if you get rashes or allergy. Keep your bed and beddings very clean. Change sheets frequently. Dust the sheets in the balcony or outside the house. Vacuum clean all crevices and corners in the house. Wash curtains frequently. Beddings, curtains, etc., be washed in warm water, soak them for two hours in warm water, about 60 degrees. These are known to harbor house dust mites.

Please let us know the symptoms of your allergy-like nasal or skin. Also, let us know if the tablets recommended relieve you of the lesions. If possible take a few pictures of the skin rashes and send to me.

Thank you doctor,

My face skin is highly infected. I have itch every time. I avoid scratching, but sometimes it is unbearable. Also, the body parts like hand and especially palms and feet. I never had an allergy in my life before. But my mother and brother has. The rashes are not yet visible on the skin. So photographs will not be effective.

Will washing cloths with Dettol be effective? Air conditioner at work place is unavoidable. Mostly skin is affected. As it is an open environment and there is no way to avoid air conditioner. And yes, that tablets have helped me.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You could try Dettol. Although I think washing in the warm water of about 50-60 degrees celsius would be ideal. Dust these stuff frequently.

Whether you get the lesions and they are visible or not, please take pictures and send me that is important. You may mix half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in the water and take bath with that, it will help to relieve the itch.

Do not stay right under the air conditioner. Apply good moisturizers over the body.

Thank you doctor,

No, it is not visible. How should I prevent my face? Suggest some names of moisturizers. Will it be effective in such conditions?

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Moisturizers are not effective against allergy. Moisturizers will prevent dryness which can aggravate allergy and skin diseases. Jergens moisturizer for the body is good. You may try their lotion or thick varieties as per your comfort.

For face, Lotus moisturizer is good. It protects against the sun also. Please get the allergy tests done as they are confirmatory. After that, we can give you specific advice. Neutrogena face moisturizer is also very effective.

Thank you doctor,

I will get the tests done and get back to you.

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