Allergy for Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition where certain parts of our skin become inflamed and irritated. The most common type of eczema is atopic eczema, or simply known as skin allergy. This happens when our skin produces an allergic reaction against certain substances we come in contact with, such as dust or food that we consume. Most skin allergy appear during childhood, but some appear later in life. Very often, it is impossible for us to find out what triggers an eczema, because our skin comes in contact with so many substances every day!

Skin allergy is an adverse reaction that occurs when our skin comes in contact with certain substances. It is driven by our own body’s immune system. In other words, your immune system does not like the substances you come in contact with, therefore produces antibodies against these substances, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE). The next time you come in contact with the same substances, your immune system will release a huge amount of chemicals into your bloodstream causing an allergic reaction. Even a tiny amount of these substances can trigger a skin allergic reaction.

Signs and Symptoms

Common skin allergy symptoms:

  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Itching of the skin
  • Dry skin

Severe skin allergy symptoms:

  • Skin blistering
  • Severe redness
  • Severe itching
  • Severe dryness, may lead to bleeding
Treatment and Management

There is no cure for eczema. Therefore, it is important to see a doctor and get yourself tested to identify the substance that triggers an eczema flare so you can avoid it in the future.

What you can do:

  • Get yourself tested to pinpoint the exact substance that can trigger an eczema flare.
  • Avoid contact with the substance that can trigger your eczema
  • Avoid taking the food you are allergic to. Remove this from your diet completely.
  • Always read the list of ingredients on the label of each prepared food before consuming it.
  • Be very careful at restaurants. If in doubt, always check with the restaurant if the food contains ingredients that you are allergic to.
  • Moisturize frequently.
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity.
  • Avoid sweating or overheating.
  • Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents.
  • If you have experienced eczema flare before, your doctor may prescribe topical/oral steroid and/or oral antihistamine for you to carry with you at all times, especially when you travel.

If you experience an eczema flare:

  • SEE A DOCTOR immediately.
  • If you have topical steroid or oral antihistamine with you, use them en route to seeing a doctor.
  • Do not delay seeing a doctor because eczema flare can cause complications such as infection and skin pigmentation.



Blood Test

Our immune system produces antibody called IgE against certain food we consume. Therefore, if we can detect these specific IgE antibodies, we are able to find out which food we are allergic to.

This is simply known as food allergy test. Only a blood sample is needed to carry out this test, and it can be done on the same day visit to the doctor. The results are extremely useful for you and the doctors to manage the allergies appropriately.

Results are typically available in about a week and are reported as a numerical value.


$500 ($535 inclusive of GST)


Allergens to Test for:

  1. Cat
  2. Dog
  3. Guinea pig
  4. Rat
  5. Mouse
  6. D. pteronyssinus
  7. D. farinea
  8. Egg White
  9. Milk
  10. Codfish
  11. Wheat 
  12. Peanut
  13. Soybean
  14. Hazelnut
  15. Shrimp
  16. Mustard

6 & 7 are dust mites

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DateDecember 21, 2015

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