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QUIZ BY JENNIFER SMITH

FREAK OUT OR
CHILL OUT?

So many things can cause skin
irritation; here's how to know what
needs medical attention and what will
probably go away on its own
Itching, bumps, rashes and moles on
the move: Skin loves to pop up with
problems. It can be hard to know
when it's OK to treat skin irritations with a tube
from the medicine cabinet and when you need to
see a specialist. The good news? Dermatologist
Allison Arthur, MD, who serves on multiple working committees of the American Academy of
Dermatology, has seen it all. Here, the skin expert
gives us guidance on when we should skip overthe-counter ointments and make an appointment.

Q

Your family had a great weekend camping;
you got your fill of fresh air, hiking and-
bummer-itchy, bumpy skin that has stuck
around for days since you got back.
Are the hivelike bumps caused by an allergy,
or could they be insect bites?

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SU M M ER 2018

Bugs got the best of you?
Try medicated cream,
not scratching.

PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

PROBABLY INSECT BITES. "A hive by definition
lasts less than 24 hours," Arthur says, and can
be caused by anything from stress to allergies to
infections. But with insect bites, you can usually
see a distinct break in the skin, called a punctum,
and they take longer to heal.
Over-the-counter antihistamines and hydrocortisone creams should help control the sting and
itch of a bite, Arthur says.



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