Posted by: | 2017/11/27

Allergy rash which is aggravated in summer.

Hi there, My 65 year old mother recently started breaking out into a rash. Mainly on her forehead, behind her ears, arms and hands. It was discovered that she was allergic to wheat. She stop wheat for about 6 months now and the rash was minimal in winter. Now summer has began and the rash is back with all the allergy medications she is on. They have tried everything. Might there be another cause for the rash since the medication and abstinence of wheat (including gluten) is not working.

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- 2017/12/12

It would be unlikely for a 65 year old to develop a wheat allergy. If worse in summer, it might be caused by grass pollen. The rash sounds more like eczema and may be caused by a contact allergen or even a low grade fungal or bacterial infection. The GP should check for pollen allergy and do a Skin Swab test to check for infection and perhaps thereafter also try a medicated anti-bacterial/anti-fungal shampoo. 

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