Eczema or skin allergy? Where to do allergy treatments in Hong Kong?

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As the humid and hot weather approaches, many people are seeing signs of skin allergies. It makes us wonder what causes skin allergy and what is the difference between skin allergy and eczema? In this article, we will explain the different causes of skin allergy, treatment methods and what you can do to prevent it to help you rejuvenate your skin and tackle skin allergy and rash.



Causes and Types of Skin Allergy

  1. Weather and Temperature Change
    The humidity in fall and winter is low. Dry skin is prone to irritations like redness, rashes and breakouts under such weather. While in summer, the heat, humidity and UV light irradiates the skin, which will also cause redness, swelling and itchiness.
  2. Skin Allergy caused by Food Allergy
    The human immune system will show allergic reaction to certain substances in the food we consume and skin allergy is one of the symptoms. The patient’s skin will turn red, swollen, itchy and rash. The symptoms can last from several days to several weeks.




  3. Exposure to Outdoor Allergens
    The air particles stimulated by outdoor allergens carry harmful substances that irritate the skin and clog pores, which will cause allergies and inflammation. Dust mites, hair and dander on clothing, beds and carpets can also lead to skin itchiness and rash. 
  4. Using the Wrong Skincare Products
     Apply beauty products that do not fit your skin may lead to skin allergies and acne. This may be because the beauty products contain ingredients that irritate your skin or sometimes the product has expired, contaminated or it is sourced unreliably.

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What are the differences between Skin allergy and Eczema?

The initial symptoms of skin allergy and eczema are quite similar.  It includes itchiness and red spots. It is easy to confuse the two skin problems, or even mistaken the treatment methods which may end up making the problem worse. Here’s how to distinguish the two:

A. Skin Allergies VS Eczema

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  Skin Allergy Eczema
Essence Immediate Hypersensitivity Inflammation on the skin
surface, considered as
one of the skin diseases
Cause Weather/ stimulated by
surroundings/food allergy
Genetics/ stimulated by
surroundings /food allergy
Symptoms Itchiness, swelling, rash, peeling, blisters and dryness etc. Itchiness, blisters, swelling, oozing
liquid, dryness, shedding of dander
Treatment Method Moisturize the skin and
enhance skin protective function

Moisturize the skin along with
medications
(Anti-allergy drugs, antibiotics, steroids, etc.)

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B. Allergy Test Recommendations – Types of Skin Allergy and its Allergens

There are many causes to skin allergies. If you want to nail down to know exactly whether you have skin allergy or eczema, or which type of skin allergy specifically - an allergy test is a great way to find out.

 

Allergy Treatment Hong Kong - Hong Kong Allergy Test Centre

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  Faber IgE blood test(moelcular
level by nanotechnology)
Skin Patch Test(Skin Allergy
Test for Contact Dermatitis)
Clinic

Hong Kong Allergy Test Center
Price HK$6,000 ESDlife Offer: HK$3,800
(Original: HK$4,800)
No. of
Allergen Test
150 30
Test Features
  • Total of 150 tests with only
    4 -5 ml of blood
  • This test is an European Union approved diagnostic test and is classified as in-vitro diagnostic device (IVD) in the EU
  • The test is for Contact Dermatitis, including skincare products, handbag, metal, fragrance, shampoo and leather goods
  • Obtained ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 international certification
Location

Wan Chai, Mongkok, Kwun Tong

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Allergy Treatment Hong Kong - KingMed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited

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  Environmental
Allergy Profile
New Generation
South China Allergy Profile
Clinic

KingMed Diagnostics (Hong Kong) Limited
Price HK$1,770 HK$2,290
No. of
Allergen Test
32 70
Test Features
  • An allergy screening test with excellent sensitivity and specificity for inhalant allergy
  • Free Lipid profile test will be given for this allergy plan
  • Identify the allergens through blood tests to find effective diagnosis and treatment methods
  • Allergen Test includes food allergens, contact allergens and other common allergens
Location

Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Central,
Causeway bay, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan

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Allergy Treatment Hong Kong - ApexHealth

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  IgG Food Sensitivity
Sceening Test (222)
The 4th Generation
IgE Allergy Test - ALEX2®

Clinic

ApexHealth
Price HK$4,000 HK$6,500
No. of
Allergen Test
223 163
Test Features
  • Provides over 222 IgG food sensitivity testing panel, one the widest ranges currently available in Hong Kong
  • Utilizes the protein microarray immunoassay technology to perform testing
  • Adopt the nano-technique and multiplex assay to identify molecular allergens from food and environmental substances
  • Require less than 2mL fingertip blood which is ideal for patients with serious skin problem and children
Location

Mongkok

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Skin Allergy Treatments and Preventions

 

A. Eliminate Household Allergens

Apart from the environment, households can store many allergens too, such as dust mites and the harmful substances on clothing, beds, air conditioners and toys etc. Frequent cleaning and a functional air purifier can greatly reduce allergens.

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B. Choose the Right Cleansing, Skincare Products and Health Supplements

We can start from our daily skincare routine to prevent skin allergies. Cleansing and skincare products containing natural ingredients such as olive oil and coconut oil can help relieve skin allergy symptoms. In addition, taking supplements that contain flaxseed, vitamin A and antioxidant ingredients can also help maintain a healthy skin.

 

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C. Consult a Doctor or Dermatologist for Help to Improve Skin Condition

If the self-remedies are not working or you are suffering from skin allergy for a long time already, it is recommended to consult a doctor or dermatologist to find out the cause of the allergy and prescribe  medications that cure the allergy.

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