When you have a sudden breakout of acne or an acne-like rash, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that you need acne treatment. Yet acne and similar skin conditions can sometimes be caused by an allergic reaction. When this is the case, no amount of skin care treatments will correct the problem. Here’s what you need to know about allergy testing and diagnosis.
Telling the Difference
A rash from an allergy can often look like acne. It may be an area of raised bumps that look like pimples or whiteheads. An allergy can also cause eczema, which can in some ways resemble acne. In either case, there could be many causes for the rash or breakout. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a skin condition and an allergic reaction. When you have a breakout that is not easily treated with over the counter medications, it is time to get a proper diagnosis.
What is Allergy Testing?
Allergy testing is a process of elimination where the allergist or doctor will test you for different allergens. The allergens that are tested may be based on factors surrounding your breakout, such as a new product being used in the home or on the body, or new foods tried.
The most common allergy testing is a skin test, also called a scratch test. Your doctor will prick your skin and apply the allergen. If you are allergic, it will cause a raised bump to appear. Your doctor may want to test for just one likely allergen, or they may want to test for multiple allergens to determine the cause of the breakout.
If you or your child experiences a sudden breakout, it is important to make sure you know the cause and get appropriate treatment. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.