This condition happens when substances you are allergic to (allergens) touch your skin. Your body has an allergic reaction causing swelling, rashes, and blisters. For example, if you are allergic to latex, a form of rubber, wearing latex gloves will likely cause these symptoms.
Other common allergens that cause contact dermatitis include:
We are one of few programs in western Pennsylvania offering patch testing for contact dermatitis. Patch testing helps us identify which substances you are allergic to. We conduct patch testing by applying patches of small samples of potential allergens to your back.
Our years of experience help us know which substances to test for and how to interpret the results. Our approach helps you begin treatment right away so you can get much-needed relief faster.
Patch testing often tests for up to 35 common allergens. Patch testing at AHN includes additional allergens you may be exposed to at work. If you work in health care, for example, we may test for latex. If you work in a factory, we may test for chemicals that are present in your work environment.
Patch testing often takes place over the course of three appointments. Here’s what to expect:
Contact dermatitis treatments at AHN may include:
Patch testing is available at our Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) office from Charles E. Mount, MD.
To receive patch testing, you need either:
Care is available at:
125 Emeryville Drive
Cranberry, PA 16066
241 Freeport Road
Aspinwall, PA 15215
490 East North Avenue
Allegheny Professional Building, Suite 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15212