contact dermatitis

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Contact dermatitis is a condition in which there is irritation and swelling of the skin caused by direct contact with a specific substance. Itching, skin redness, and a skin rash are common symptoms.
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types of contact dermatitis
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What is Contact Dermatitis?

Reaction

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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
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Can contact dermatitis be lupus?

No

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There are several forms of lupus. All of these have skin changes. Contact dermatitis is a different problem and not part of lupus
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

How can I treat contact dermatitis?

Avoidance & steroids

The most important issue is to avoid the item or items that you are allergic. The rash can be treated with topical steroid cream. Severe and extensive lesions may require systemic treatment with steroids under the care of a doctor.
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Can contact dermatitis be prevented?

Absolutely!

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All you have to do is avoid contact with whatever it is you are allergic to. Often, that is easier said than done, however.
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How is contact dermatitis diagnosed?

Pattern, history

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Contact dermatitis presents with a distinctive pattern that any experienced dermatologist will recognize. That clinical presentation, coupled with a careful history of allergenic substances that you have been in contact with recently, will usually confirm the diagnosis.
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Contact dermatitis can be induced by?

Skin irritant

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Anything can cause irritation to the skin, and that's the definition of dermatitis. It can be temporary and a minor issue but contact dermatitis can also be a sign of more serious problems. If you have that and are concerned you should be evaluated by a doctor.
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what are contact dermatitis symptoms?

Itching.

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Itching, itching, itching, itching; that's the hallmark symptom of contact dermatitis. Unless it's allowed to get secondarily infected, and then it hurts.
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Can contact dermatitis cause scarring?

Yes

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But over time it may lighten if the irritant is removed
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Eczema or contact dermatitis, treatment?

Remove the irritant

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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.
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What causes cosmetic contact dermatitis?

Allergy

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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.
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