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For some people, they have “tough” skin that can take a beating and keep on going. For others, however, sensitive skin is an issue that affects them on a daily basis. Often, it is difficult to distinguish between whether an unexpected response of the skin is an allergic reaction or simply a harmless irritation. Understanding the difference between a skin irritation and an allergic reaction is important – and it can even save your life should a severe reaction occur.

Below are steps for helping to distinguish between the two:

  • Watch for other symptoms. If a rash of any kind appears on your skin, stop and pay attention. Is your skin simply changing colors and creating a “pink” appearance, or is your skin turning red? Is your skin burning or itching? Is your skin becoming inflamed? Is the rash spreading? If there are any signs that the rash is changing, expanding, or becoming more than just a slight irritation, an allergy may be the cause of your reaction. It is important to write down exactly what you have eaten or come into contact with and the symptoms that you experience so that you can bring them to your doctor’s attention.
  • Call your doctor. If your symptoms indicate an allergic reaction beyond a minor irritation, call a board-certified dermatologist right away to let them know of your situation. Urgent skin concerns can quickly cause other reactions to occur. If your skin is reacting to something that you ate, your body could start experiencing internal symptoms in reaction to an allergy. Serious skin reactions need to be addressed by a professional!
  • Treat your symptoms. Taking an over the counter antihistamine has saved lives. An OTC antihistamine such as Benadryl® can help delay or minimize the reaction and severity. Applying cortisone to the affected skin can also help soothe the skin, lessen the severity, and help it from spreading. These “treatments” are not meant to replace a visit to the doctor – they are meant to help you until you are seen.

At Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta,Dr. Jamie Weisman is a nationally recognized dermatologist who sees children and adults. She is able to handle your urgent skin concerns and determine if they are the results of irritation or allergies. Your skin is actively responding to your life. It is important that you pay attention to what it is telling you!

Posted on behalf of Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.

5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: Call (404) 939-9220
FAX: (470) 312-2157

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Dr. Weisman was very professional, friendly, and engaged in conversation with terminology I would understand. Her beside manner was, quite frankly, surprising! It was one of the most comfortable visits I've ever experienced with a doctor.
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Dr. Weisman is a great doctor! She was very informative and personally! Her staff were very welcoming as well I'm glad I found her because she is the only doctor who truly explained what was going with me.
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I truly cannot express how thankful I am for this practice. I have been treated with kindness and immense care by every staff member I have encountered here. The nurses and assistants are beyond attentive and genuinely care for the patient. I have just received a treatment plan from Dr. Laura Biehl, and even if this particular treatment plan doesn't provide me relief, I am confident that Dr. Biehl will work to figure out a solution. She is extremely knowledgeable, listens to patient concerns, and takes time to answer patient questions. Dr. Biehl, and this practice are true gems. If you have any dermatological issues this practice is absolutely the best of the best.
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Contact Medical Dermatology Specialists

If your skin disease is affecting your quality of life or you have been told your skin disorder is no longer treatable, we invite you to discover our unique medical dermatology practice in Atlanta. You will find a team of experts in dermatology who are not only dedicated to treating your skin symptoms, but who will work with your primary care doctor and other specialists to give you the comprehensive skin care approach you need to be healthy. Dr. Weisman can show you what it means to have a doctor who is truly an advocate for your health.

Contact our Atlanta Dermatologist today for personalized care and strong expertise in skin care for your entire family.


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Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.


5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328



Phone: (404) 939-9220
Fax: (470) 312-2157
Research Fax: (470) 312-2156

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Sat - Sun: Closed

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