What caused my allergic reaction?

Common question. An allergist is frequently asked to identify the cause of the allergic reaction. Reviewing the symptoms is a good start---cough, wheezing, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, itching, eyes puffy, anaphylaxis. There are many triggers of allergic reactions, the most common being pollens, dust, animal dander, foods, medications, insect stings/bites, latex, metals, etc. Finding the cause is key.

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What is causing my allergic reaction?

Why allergists exist. Finding & treating the cause of allergic reactions is the main function of an allergist. A solid understanding of the immune system is required, so that immunology goes hand in hand. Timing, prevalence of various causes, location, description, examination, associated factors, family history and finally testing enables allergists to identify the culprit, if one is present; treatment is pt-centered. Read more...

How do I tell what is causing my allergic reaction rash?

Timing. It depends on the timing. The contact with the allergens, either through skin or oral, usually happens days or weeks ago. Person's recall history is crucial. Tests are unreliable or not available. Read more...
See a Doctor. You need to see either an allergist or a dermatologist. Figuring out a rash can only happen when someone lays eyes and hands on it. Read more...