- Blisters with oozing and crusting.
- Dry skin all over the body or areas of bumpy skin on the back of the arms and front of the thighs.
- Ear discharge or bleeding.
- Raw areas of the skin from scratching.
- Skin coloring changes -- more or less color than the normal skin tone (See: Skin abnormally dark or light).
- Skin redness or inflammation around the blisters.
- Thickened or leather-like areas, called lichenification, which can occur after long-term irritation and scratching.
- How the skin looks.
- Personal and family history.
- Allergy skin testing may be helpful for people with:
- Hard-to-treat atopic dermatitis.
- Other allergy symptoms.
- Skin rashes that form only on certain areas of the body after exposure to a specific chemical.
- Begins at an early age.
- Involves a large amount of the body.
- Occurs along with allergic rhinitis and asthma.
- Occurs in someone with a family history of eczema.
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