Our team is made of highly professional, caring individiduals including board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tony Nakhla. At Orange County Skin Institute, our professionals and staff have extensive training in allergy testing, rashes and other skin-related diseases in order to identify the problem and help you feel comfortable again.
Our allergy testing services for Orange County (including Santa Ana and San Clemente) help solve the mystery of why you're experiencing skin rashes that itch, burn, painful, blistered, or widespread with irritation by using a combination of tests on your skin to check for various reactions.
When checking for various skin allergies, dermatitis or eczema, we utilize a skin patch test in which we place the most common skin allergens on individual pads and tape them to your skin for 24 to 72 hours. The tape is then removed and the skin examined. A positive response occurs when a small rash develops immediately over the allergen which your skin is allergic to. This allergen is identified and the patient is able to avoid all products which contain it as an ingredient, thereby preventing chronic skin rashes and itching.
Since your skin serves as a barrier between the outside environment and the inside of your body, a rash may indicate that a breakdown of that barrier has occurred which may cause an outbreak of bumps or scaly patches on your skin. Rashes and similar allergic reactions frequently accompany each other and can be caused by a number of triggers such as bacteria or fungus, sensitivity to foods or medications, or even an internal organ disease. Usually, though, rashes are only minor problems and can be treated at home; however in situations where a rash lasts for a number of days, is accompanied by fever or chills, or the skin becomes extremely irritated or blistered, our medical care may be needed.
OC Skin Institute is dedicated to not only determining the cause of your skin rashes or allergies, but also to provide effective treatment and immediate relief of the discomfort caused by these ailments. Contact our office today to schedule your initial appointment. Our team of dedicated dermatologic experts look forward to treating your itch so it resolves for good.