Skin allergies & eruptions

There are several chronic skin rashes that can affect the face and body. Apart from contact eczema/dermatitis the skin can be affected by pityriasis rosea and urticaria. 

  • Contact eczema (contact dermatitis), can be caused by many natural, as well as household and workplace chemicals. This is the skin responding to an irritant as opposed to you having an allergy. A classic example of contact dermatitis is ‘Poison Ivy’.
  • Pityriasis rosea is a self-limiting rash and although it can be visibly quite dramatic, the illness is very mild. It commonly affects children and young adults (10 – 35), but can affect all ages. It goes away on its own without any treatment. Its exact cause is unknown, but certain viruses such as the human herpes virus may play a role.
  • Chronic/acute urticaria (which is commonly called ‘hives’) is a condition where you develop an intermittent itchy rash for six weeks or more. The cause is not often clear but may relate to an infection in the body, an auto-immune deficiency or an allergy.

Accurate diagnosis and effective, simple treatment

At ethos our dermatologists will carefully screen you to identify allergens that you are sensitive to, they will rule out any other more serious problems, underlying infections or auto-immune disorders. We will give you lifestyle advice to avoid aggravating factors in the future and help you restore your body’s auto-immune system.

Treatment options include:

  • dermatology consultation and prescription medication/ointments
  • medical-grade skincare products to use at home
  • allergy, blood and patch testing
  • antihistamines

For more information on treatment options for allergies and eruptions

FOCUS ON: Thorough and accurate screening to identify substances and allergens that you are sensitized to and advice on lifestyle help manage these problems that can be aggravated by tight clothes, heat, strong emotions as well as physical contact with substances containing allergens.

Lifestyle changes to boost your auto immune system

To function properly your immune system needs balance and harmony, and your first line of defence is to choose a healthy lifestyle, you can achieve this by creating healthy living strategies. Every part of your body and your immune system will function better when it is protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy living strategies such as avoiding smoking, healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress control. Our nutritional therapists, exercise consultants and life coaches can work as a team to create bespoke strategies for you.

More information on typical symptoms…

Contact Eczema: This form of eczema can also onset over time to an over the counter product that may have been used for years without a problem. The immune system is exposed to a particular allergen several times until one day your body triggers an allergic response that can then persist for a lifetime as an allergy. This form of eczema can be caused by a dizzying number of natural as well as household and workplace chemicals.

Pityriasis rosea: Most people with pityriasis rosea feel well but may complain of a mild headache, temperature, fatigue and even mild nausea. These symptoms usually occur before any rash develops. Intense itching may precede the rash. A ‘herald patch’ may first appear on the skin, usually oval or round shaped, about 2 – 5 cm in diameter. Pink/red in colour, it usually appears on your chest or upper back but sometimes also on the abdomen, neck, back, thigh or upper arms. Many cases do not have this patch or it goes unnoticed. 10 to 15 days later a more widespread rash develops over 10 days. This can spread over most of your body but not usually the face. The rash is formed of pinky red spots, 1 – 3 cm in diameter and may be very itchy. It fades with time but may leave marks that persist for several weeks but leaves no scars. It is not contagious.

Chronic/acute urticaria: The rash can be unbearably itchy, forming red, hot, raised wheals which can come and go over 24 hours. Some people also develop swollen lips and tongue.

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