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Contact Allergy

by Allergy Guy

Contact Allergy
It is possible to develop an allergy to skin contact with certain materials. A few common contact allergens include:

  • Latex
  • Nickel, zinc and other metals
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Skin care products

See the table of contents below for articles about specific contact allergies.

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1 annette donnelly December 27, 2011 at 02:54

Hello, I am contacting you in desperation. About 3 months ago, while I was working in a lifestyle village (both in the office and walking around outside) I noticed and felt a red raw rash around my neck. I only worked Saturday and Sunday. By the end of the following week the rash was gone. But sure enough it would return again the following weekend when I was at the village. Then one week I was in the village three times in the one week and the rash started on my arm. Red, raw, itchy and sore at the same time. After a couple of weeks it went to my other arm. The village has only native Australian plants, the kangaroo paws are the height of the door. These plants have been in the ground for 5 years. I do believe this was the start of my ‘ailment’. The doctor first gave me cortisone cream, which made me feel faint. I am a very delicate person when it comes to medication (2 panadol would be my limit without getting a side effect). I was then given steroids 2 per day to commence with. The side effects were so bad that I could only take a quarter of a tablet in the morning and a quarter in the evening. I then went to see a specialist dermatologist. By the time i got to see him it was well on the road to recovery. He told me to keep putting the vasoline on and hopefully it would go away. He said it wasn’t anything I was breathing in (as that’s what I had thought) because if it was my eyes would have been sore as well. I had to contact him again as my arms flares up again and he put me on cortisone cream. My arms have that “shrivelled up” look about them, the skin has gone dry like a prune, burnt and sore. if I miss the cream it flares up again. Something is in my system and I do not know what to do or where to go. It is also on my neck. Can you please help me. Many thanks Annette


2 Allergy Guy December 29, 2011 at 22:53

Do you wear an ID tag around your neck? I wonder if it’s a neck strap or some other piece of clothing you only wear when you are there.


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