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Eczema or contact dermatitis, treatment?

Eczema or contact dermatitis, treatment?

Remove the irritant: Contact dermatitis is a straight forward issue of stopping the exposure. You also want to protect the skin with a good moisturizing lotion. Eczema is something that comes from an internal exposure like a food allergy that alters the immune system. You still want to stop the exposure, but it can be hard to find. Both conditions can be moderated with steroid creams and good lotions. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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How do I know if I have contact dermatitis & how is it be treated?

How do I know if I have contact dermatitis & how is it be treated?

Contact dermatitis: Itchy scally lesion usually provoked by contact with culprit causing factor, if every time you have conatct with metals like gold , chemicals, gloves, rubber, cosmotics , cloth etc...Then that is the type. Best rx is to avoid causative material and moderate or potent steroid cream , prescribed by physician ...Read more

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Contact vegetable dermatites?

Contact vegetable dermatites?

It happens: With certain plants that you develop a contact dermatitis, use gloves when you handle them and long sleeves and use a topical steroid cream over the rash. ...Read more

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Can contact dermatitis change into nummular eczema?

Can contact dermatitis change into nummular eczema?

DERMATITIS: Nummular eczema are round inflammatory pruritis skin lesions treated with oral antibiotics and local steroid cream whereas contact dermatitis is caused by irritants or allergens also very itchy treated with antipruritic agents and steroid cream and avoidance of causative factors. ...Read more

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For how long does contact dermatitis normally last?

For how long does contact dermatitis normally last?

Depends: Contact dermatitis usually takes several days to improve, assuming you are no longer being exposed to the trigger. If you continue to be exposed to the cause, the rash can be ongoing. ...Read more

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What is the difference symptom and look wise between scabies and contact dermatitis?

Scabies: Scabies has the following:itching, especially at night rashes, especially between the fingers sores (abrasions) on the skin from scratching and digging thin, pencil-mark lines on the skin mites may be more widespread on a baby's skin, causing pimples over the trunk, or small blisters over the palms and soles. In young children, the head, neck, shoulders, palms, and soles are involved. ...Read more

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Allergic contact dermatitis is poison oak or something else?

Allergic contact dermatitis is poison oak or something else?

Yes and no.: Poison oak allergic reactions is a form of allergic contact dermatitis. But there are hundreds of chemicals and substances which can cause allergic contact dermatitis. The most common are nickel, latex, adhesives in bandaids, neomycin in antibiotic creams and many more. ...Read more

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What is contact dermatitis?

What is contact dermatitis?

Reaction: Contact dermatitis is where something is touching the skin and causing a reaction or rash to the skin. The contact can be some type of lotion, cream, etc; can be food (like when tomato sauce is around the mouth causing redness). Even poison ivy is a contact dermatitis. Steroid creams usually are needed to reduce the inflammation. ...Read more

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What symptoms of contact dermatitis are the most important?

What symptoms of contact dermatitis are the most important?

Itching.: Despite its often nasty appearance contact dermatitis rarely becomes secondarily infected. But the itching can be intense and persist for days to weeks. Your physician can help. ...Read more

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Can contact dermatitis be lupus?

Can contact dermatitis be lupus?

No: There are several forms of lupus. All of these have skin changes. Contact dermatitis is a different problem and not part of lupus. ...Read more

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Are there differences between allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis ?

Allergens: Allegic dermatitis will result in a positive patch test. Irritant dermatitis will not elicit a possible allergy test. Allergy testing requires 2-3 days to elicit a reaction. ...Read more

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What causes cosmetic contact dermatitis?

Allergy: When you are allergic to one of the ingredients of the cosmetic in question, you will develop contact dermatitis. Unfortunately it is frequently difficult to identify the specific ingredient that is causing the problem, since cosmetic companies often keep their formulas secret. A dermatologist can help you do it, though, with patch testing. ...Read more

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Does contact dermatitis cause scaring?...

Rarely: Most contact dermatitis eruptions when they resolve will at most leave pigment residuals either in the form of lighter skin or a brown stain. More severe cases, particularly those cases of irritant (as opposed to "allergic") contact dermatitis do have the capability of causing scarring. ...Read more

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Can contact dermatitis be prevented?

Can contact dermatitis be prevented?

Absolutely!: All you have to do is avoid contact with whatever it is you are allergic to. Often, that is easier said than done, however. ...Read more

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Can contact dermatitis not be itchy?

Can contact dermatitis not be itchy?

Yes: It usually is, but not everyone reads the textbook when they develop their symptoms. :) Try an antihistamine, and if your symptoms worsen or you develop any new symptoms, see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more


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Rash (Definition)

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