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MDLIVE Chief Medical Officer Explains Common Skin Allergies

By Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, Chief Medical Officer

A Quick Overview of Skin Allergies

It’s the beginning of allergy season and the Chief Medical Officer at MDLIVE explains types of common skin allergies. Irritated skin has a variety of causes. Medications, infections are just a few of them, but when an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system response, then it’s an allergic skin condition.

Contact Dermatitis:
One of the most common allergic skin reactions. Dermatitis happens when your skin comes into direct contact with an allergen. Your skin may be bumpy, itchy, swollen, red and even scaly. Poison oak and poison ivy are some of the most common culprits. Even jewelry can cause contact dermatitis if you are allergic to certain metals like nickel.

Eczema:
This is the most common skin condition, especially in children. One in five infants are usually affected and one in fifty adults. The skin barrier dries out and becomes prone to irritation and inflammation from various environmental factors. Eczema can also be caused by food sensitivity. Because it is not only induced by histamine, an anti-histamine may not control the symptoms.

Urticaria:
Also known as hives. Hives are inflammation of the skin caused by the body releasing histamine which causes small blood vessels to leak. This leads to swelling. Acute urticaria is usually caused by eating a particular food or coming into contact with a specific trigger like certain medications.

Skin conditions are some of the most common forms of allergic reactions. A physician with specialized training and expertise as well as a dermatologist can help diagnose your condition and provide relief for your symptoms.

MDLIVE. Allergy season relief for you and your family available now on your Mobile App, online and by phone. We’re here to help!

About Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, CMO, MD, FACP, FHIMSS.
Dr. Lyle Berkowitz is the Chief Medical Officer of MDLIVE, one of the largest online medical groups in the nation. Dr. Berkowitz has over two decades of experience as a primary care physician, a digital healthcare innovator and a health tech entrepreneur. His career history involves an intersection of clinical, information technology and innovation responsibilities with executive management, business, and entrepreneurial roles.  For much of the past 20 years, Dr. Berkowitz helped lead IT and Innovation at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, while also serving in executive roles and as a board member for a variety of digital health start-ups and healthcare non-profits.  He has been listed as one of HealthLeader’s “Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better”; Healthspottr’s “Future Health Top 100”, and Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Clinical Informaticists”. He graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He has been elected to Fellowship in both the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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