Skin Allergies Overview

Irritated skin can be caused by a variety of factors. These include immune system disorders, medications and infections. When an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system response, then it is an allergic skin condition, or skin allergies.

Are My Hives Chronic?

Urticaria is the medical term for hives. Hives are raised welts on the skin that are usually itchy. They can be any size and can also occur anywhere on the body. Hives are commonly a READ MORE

Skin Conditions & Summer Flare-Ups

As the weather becomes hotter and filled with humidity, flare-ups related to skin conditions are to be expected. It is common for atopic dermatitis (eczema) and urticaria (hives) to flare up during the summer months. READ MORE


Angioedema is the swelling of the deep layers of the skin, and is often seen with urticaria (hives). Angioedema most often occurs in soft tissues such as the eyelids, mouth or genitals. These conditions READ MORE

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

What Is Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema? The skin is an organ that can become diseased. One fairly common skin condition, especially in some infants and children, is atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Other forms of skin diseases READ MORE

Chronic Urticaria (Hives)

Hives are an inflammation of the skin triggered when the immune system releases histamine. This causes small blood vessels to leak, which leads to swelling in the skin. The reaction leads to raised, itchy, READ MORE

Contact Dermatitis

Many patients suffer from contact dermatitis, or skin allergies. These patients experience a rash after direct contact with the substance to which they are allergic. This rash may develop hours or even days after READ MORE

Hereditary Angioedema

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic condition. People with HAE either have a low level of an important protein (C1-INH) in their blood or this C1-INH protein does not function appropriately. These forms READ MORE

Acute Urticaria (Hives)

Hives, also known as urticaria, affects about 20 percent of people at some time during their lives. It can be triggered by many substances or situations, and usually starts as an itchy patch of READ MORE