Skin allergies, also known as dermatitis, are characterized by an inflammation of affected areas of the skin. These inflamed areas can become intensely itchy, sore, red, scaly, covered in tiny water blisters and develop painful cracks. Allergies commonly affect the hands, arms, face, legs and feet because these areas come into contact with an irritant or allergen resulting in the dermatitis.
Prevalence and Risk Factors
Approximately 25% of the UK population has been affected by allergies at some point of their lives making it a very common condition seen at the London Dermatology Clinic. Those with asthma, eczema and hay fever are at higher risk for developing allergies of any kind including dermatitis. The tendency to have allergies runs in families although not the specific allergen itself.