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In today's world,most of us are prone to allergies. Though it is difficult to find a single reason for the occurence of chronic skin rashes, one of the causes can be the polluted environment we live in, that comprises of all sorts of dust particles and harmful chemicals. However, some of the common reasons can be pollen, consumption of milk products or use of low grade cosmetics, and exposure to metals like nickel. But now with the help of Patch Test it has now become possible to identify some of the allergens and treat them.
Once you are aware of what is aggravating your rash, avoidance to that allergen will help in relieving the problem, as they always say:
Patch Test is a simple test in which aluminium chambers containing the extracts of common allergens is applied on your back. Readings are taken at 48 and 96 hrs, if you are allergic to a particular substance a small rash will appear at the corresponding area, hence, the offending allergen is identified.
Some of the common allergens can be pollen, molds, house dust, animal dander (skin shed by dogs, cats etc.) food products like milk, eggs, fish, chocolates, groundnuts etc., low grade cosmetics, plants, artificial jewellery, footwear, perfumes, cement and metals like nickel, cobalt.
The most important factor in treatment of an allergy is to minimize exposure to the offending allergen. However, when the allergy has flared up ,your doctor will prescribe you antihistaminic, nasal decongestants, oral or topical corticosteriods.