Pollen Count

09/30/2022

Tree

Absent

Grass

Absent

Ragweed

Low

Total Weed

Low

Mold

Low

Pollen count will resume April 1st, 2023.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact allergies or contact dermatitis is a skin condition that occurs due to exposure on the skin to chemicals or products.
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1.2 Billion
billion spent per year treating this condition
19.5%
of people have a contact allergy

ASAP Illinois Contact Dermatitis

The most common contact allergens are nickel, fragrance, and chemicals in hair dye.

What is contact dermatitis?

Contact allergies or contact dermatitis is a skin condition that occurs due to exposure of the skin to chemicals or products. The most common contact allergens are nickel, fragrance, and chemicals in hair dye. Contact allergens can be due to occupational hazards experienced by metal workers, hairdressers, health care workers, cleaners, construction workers, and painters.

How do I know I have a contact allergy?

There are 7 types of Eczema, but these are some common symptoms for all types of eczema:
scaling, blistering, or cracking of the skin
redness
intense itching and sometimes pain

Why I should see an allergist for contact dermatitis

If you have an itchy rash and suspect a product, chemical, or work exposure that is causing it, an allergist can help diagnose the cause of the rash. An allergist will take a thorough history and will recommend patch testing if necessary. Patch testing is placing small amounts of products on the skin. The patches are left on the skin for 48 hours and then removed. If a patient has a contact allergy to any of these chemicals, the area under the patch will turn red and may become itchy. Based on these results, treatment and avoidance measures can be recommended. Often a list of products that are safe to use are provided to the patient. Our physicans are members of the American Contact Dermatitis Society. 

Common ways to treat contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs with exposure to the chemical a patient is allergic to. 
Antihistamines can help control the itch.
Corticosteroid cream or ointment can help with symptoms. Sometimes oral steroids need to be prescribed. 
Avoidance is the best treatment!

See an Allergist to start feeling better today

Dr. Rachna Shah and Dr. Karina Gobin are experts in the treatment of allergic disease in both children and adults. They are serving the Oak Park, River Forest, Melrose Park, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, and Addison areas. Both practice cutting-edge, evidenced based medicine.
We've helped over 2,000+ families live better lives

Home of the chicago pollen count

Karen Cantaloupo and Dr. Shah work together to provide the Chicagoland area with a certified, official count that helps allergy sufferers understand their symptoms.

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