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Skin Allergies Specialist

Richard Berry, MD

Dermatologist located in Brooklyn, NY & Howard Beach, NY

Skin allergies can develop for a variety of reasons. Dr. Berry has over 30 years of experience in treating different forms of skin allergies. Patients can visit his offices in the Ocean Parkway or Howard Beach regions of New York City for treatment and relief.

Skin Allergies Q & A

What Causes Skin Allergies?

You could have an allergic reaction to many different things from household products to rarer items. Some allergies can cause a rash to develop upon your skin if you come into direct contact with it. If you have a current skin condition such as eczema, you’re more likely to to have certain skin allergies. It is best to consult a dermatologist to pinpoint the exact allergy reaction before defining it yourself.

Some common causes of skin allergies include:

  • Sunscreens
  • Bug sprays
  • Fragrances
  • Cleaning products
  • Certain Plants
  • Makeup
  • Lotion
  • Soaps
  • Shampoo
  • Medications
  • Nickel, a metal used in jewelry and snaps on jeans
  • Latex, which is used in plastic gloves, condoms, and balloons

What Symptoms Are Present with Skin Allergies?

Itching, redness, dry skin, and swelling are the most common symptoms of skin allergies. Depending on the cause or condition some differences may be present. Yet there are some differences that help in the diagnosis of specific conditions. Should an area “weep” or leak fluid that crusts over when scratched, that may indicate it is infected. Most skin allergies aren't life-threatening, but should you experience a severe reaction, such as shortness of breath or intense swelling, call 911.

What Treatments Are Available?

Your doctor will begin by running a battery of tests to determine what might be causing the allergy. Talk to your doctor about what's best for your specific allergy. Some medications related to skin allergies include:

  • Antihistamine tablets and syrups – If your skin allergy is the result of an insect bite or sting it can be treated with an oral antihistamine. This will help to reduce nettle-type rashes or hives.
  • Anti-itch creams – A consistent itch from a skin allergy can be controlled with a topical anti-itch cream.
  • Steroid creams – A short course of steroid cream can be used to calm the inflammation of allergic eczema.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Listed are the insurance providers we accept. For more information, please call our office

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Health First
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