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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Contact Dermatitis (Overview)

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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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

Dr. Joseph Eastern
313 Doctors shared insights

Contact Dermatitis (Overview)

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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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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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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What are the most common substances that cause allergic contact dermatitis?

Poison ivy, nickel.: Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
other plants
nickel or other metals
medications
antibiotics, especially those applied to the surface of the skin (topical)
topical anesthetics
other medications
rubber or latex
cosmetics
fabrics and clothing
detergents
solvents
adhesives
fragrances, perfumes
other chemicals and substance. ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat contact dermatitis?

Is there a gentle way to treat contact dermatitis?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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How is a child treated for contact dermatitis?

Depends: The treatment will vary on the extent and symptoms associated with the rash. Topical steroid ointments, may be used, as well as oral antihistamines, and oral steroids. ...Read more

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What is a NATURAL treatment for allergic contact dermatitis on my eyelid? It's from old eyeliner, not using anymore. I got steroids from doc

What is a NATURAL treatment for allergic contact dermatitis on my eyelid? It's from old eyeliner, not using anymore. I got steroids from doc

You can...: You can try moisturizing cream or baby oil. Organic coconut oil which can help with inflammation as well. Make sure this is applied on the eyelid and protect your eyes from external creams. ...Read more

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I am 22 girl with contact dermatitis. My fingers is always dry and scalding and swelling? Is there is anything can cure me apart from corticosteroids?

I am 22 girl with contact dermatitis. My fingers is always dry and scalding and swelling? Is there is anything can cure me apart from corticosteroids?

Prograf or elidel (pimecrolimus): These are non- steroidal immune-modulators. Check your allergies. Even food allergies are known to exacerbate eczema. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of contact dermatitis?

Is there a way to get rid of contact dermatitis?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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What increases risk for contact dermatitis?

Multiple exposures: If you continue to be exposed to the chemical
and if raw injured skin is exposed, it increases the chances of you becoming sensitized. For instance using creams with neomycin on sores. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent contact dermatitis?

How can I help prevent contact dermatitis?

Avoid contactant: If you know what you are allergic to, avoid contact with that substance and anything containing that substance. Dermatologists have lists of products that contain the most common contactants. If you don't know what you are allergic to, your dermatologist can apply patch tests to your back to isolate the contactant. ...Read more

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Contact dermatitis - what can I do besides avoiding the allergen? Any barrier creams as prevention?

Contact dermatitis - what can I do besides avoiding the allergen? Any barrier creams as prevention?

Not really: The best thing for patients with contact allergy is to avoid the allergen. Or a physical barrier. The allergen can seep through any "barrier cream" and eventually still cause a problem. ...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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How can I treat contact dermatitis?

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. ...Read more

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How is contact dermatitis diagnosed?

Pattern, history: 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. ...Read more

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What are contact dermatitis symptoms?

What are contact dermatitis symptoms?

Itching.: Itching, itching, itching, itching; that's the hallmark symptom of contact dermatitis. Unless it's allowed to get secondarily infected, and then it hurts. ...Read more

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Contact dermatitis can be induced by?

Contact dermatitis can be induced by?

Skin Irritants: A list of the top culprits that trigger skin reactions, or contact dermatitis. Some cause symptoms like redness, itchy skin, or inflammation.Some are triggered by an individual's allergy (contact allergic dermatitis) while other chemicals affect everyone (contact irritant dermatitis).
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/dirty-dozen#1 ...Read more

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Wil contact dermatitis go away by itself?

Wil contact dermatitis go away by itself?

Eventually, yes...: ...Assuming the contactant (substance causing the dermatitis) is identified and removed. But you could go through a lot of itching and scratching before that happens - average contact dermatitis duration is 3 weeks or so. My advice is that you seek treatment, particularly if you don't know for certain that it is a contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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Does contact dermatitis cause scaring? ...

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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What sort of disease is contact dermatitis?

Poison ivy: The most commonly known contact dermatitis is the reaction some people develop to poison ivy/ poison oak. Many times you may contact the oils from these plants and even though it didn't cause problems before, you start itching 12-24 hours after touching the plant the blisters develop usually 2 days later. Your immune system is trying to kill any part of your skin that has plant oils on it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have contact dermatitis?

How do I know if I have contact dermatitis?

Contact Dermatitis: Allergic contact dermatitis is a T cell-mediated, delayed-type hypersensitivity response. Contact allergens include metals, glues, plastics, rubber, fragrances, topical antibiotics, preservatives, and chemicals used in hair-care and cosmetic products. Avoidance is mainstay of treatment along with topical steroid creams. See an Allergist if you are concerned. Diagnosed by allergen patch testing. ...Read more

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What increases risk for contact dermatitis?

Multiple exposures: If you continue to be exposed to the chemical
and if raw injured skin is exposed, it increases the chances of you becoming sensitized. For instance using creams with neomycin on sores. ...Read more

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Could mild contact dermatitis be dangerous?

No: Contact dermatitis will get better on its own but topical steroids will accelerate its resolution. Antihistamines, either topical or oral, can be helpful for the itching. ...Read more

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How will contact dermatitis affect the body?

How will contact dermatitis affect the body?

Only 0n area: Any areas of the body that are touched by the substance you are sensitive with start getting red an itchy 12-24 hours after contact. Each spot has it's own timeline. They will continue to get worse sometimes blistering and oozing by 48 hours. Without treatment will gradually resolve in 7 -10 days. ...Read more

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How long does contact dermatitis usually last?

How long does contact dermatitis usually last?

One month: It can last 2-4 weeks or longer after the cause of the rash is removed and avoided. If the cause of the contact dermatitis is not removed then the reaction can persist as long as you're in contact with the offending agent. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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