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Rash now 14 days. Dr visit last thursday, contact dermatitis. Symptoms are not better. No relief from red raised itchy bumps what can I do?

Rash now 14 days. Dr visit last thursday, contact dermatitis. Symptoms are not better. No relief from red raised itchy bumps what can I do?

Re-evaluation: Depending on the treatment, allergic contact dermatitis can last several days to a month. If would be worthwhile to re-check with a doctor and specifically a dermatologist to confirm the contact dermatitis diagnosis and offer perhaps a different course of treatment. Don't suffer. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Contact Dermatitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I have 3 different types of rashes on my body. Diagnosed with contact dermatitis on hands but now patches on shins and little "bites" on elbows/arms?

I have 3 different types of rashes on my body. Diagnosed with contact dermatitis on hands but now patches on shins and little "bites" on elbows/arms?

Contact dermatitis?: Good morning,
it is possible that you had contact with the same contact allergens in other areas of body, based on the chance of having exposed to the same allergen. It is also possible that you do have an tendency to develop a generalized dermatitis which is called atopic dermatitis. Certain conditions such as psoriasis can sometimes be confused with other dermatoses. See your doctor, please. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my rash is contact dermatitis?

How can I tell if my rash is contact dermatitis?

You would need to: Take a small amount of the product you think you may be allergic to and tape it on your forearm (not a lot or you could have a severe allergic reactioand if a rash appears there in the next 72 hours you are likely allergic to some component in that product. The problem is you still don't know what the actual ingredient is, that is what we have patch testing at doctors offices for. Hope that hellp ...Read more

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Can contact dermatitis be reaccuring with rash and cuts?

Can contact dermatitis be reaccuring with rash and cuts?

Contact dermatitis: If the contactant is not identified, it can recur. There are barrier creams available from your dermatologist as well as anti inflammatory medications and patch tests to help determine what is causing this. ...Read more

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Recurring red rash around mouth? (not contact dermatitis)

Recurring red rash around mouth? (not contact dermatitis)

Perioral dermatitis: Is relatively common. It has unknown etiology. If persists, please, see a physician. Can be treated with antibiotics or antifungals if deemed appropriate by a physician. ...Read more

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How to treat contact dermatitis if the rash has already occured?

How to treat contact dermatitis if the rash has already occured?

Contact dermatitis: You need to clean the area to avoid further contact. Steroid creams may be helpful. There are varying strengths. Your doctor can prescribe stronger creams that may work better than over the counter. It the rash does not respond to creams, steroid pills are also effective. Benadryll pills or cream may also help the symptoms until the steroids start to work. Be aware benadryll can make you sleepy ...Read more

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Is Domeboro Powder or Aveno powder better for itchy contact dermatitis rash?

Is Domeboro Powder or Aveno powder better for itchy contact dermatitis rash?

Eh...: I'm thinking even OTC hydrocortisone cream/ointment would be better for allergic contact dermatitis. If just irritation, perhaps the powders would offer some relief. Just saying from the responses I've gotten from patients. ...Read more

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Could contact dermatitis cause red burning vulva pain, only on labia minors only. There is no rash on outside labia. Thanks?

Could contact dermatitis cause red burning vulva pain, only on labia minors only. There is no rash on outside labia. Thanks?

Yes: Spermacide, new dtergents, etc. Might try some Hydrocortisone cream and topical anesthetic if it's really bothering u and keel an eye out for ulcers or a yeast infection. If a contact dermatitis it is generally a broader location but whatever is occurring it it generally self limited. Good luck. ...Read more

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Contact dermatitis rash stopped itching and is same (red/dark brown)for 19 days. Not itchy just same, ugly dark brown/red. Why is it same, why not fading?

Contact dermatitis rash stopped itching and is same (red/dark brown)for 19 days. Not itchy just same, ugly dark brown/red. Why is it same, why not fading?

PIH: It could be post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It. At fade a bit with time. Or you can try skin lighteners to speed to fading. ...Read more

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I have developed a skin rash on my legs - doctor called it contact dermatitis. I need to know what products to use?

I have developed a skin rash on my legs - doctor called it contact dermatitis. I need to know what products to use?

Steroid creams: Check what you were using such as laundry detergent, soaps and moisturizers. Any of them may be the cause. Cheer free is a good detergent for many patients in a similar situation. Dove and basis soaps are tolerated well. Eucerin is a good moisturizer. Steroid creams will help reduce the rash. ...Read more

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I have a rash that spread all over face. Doc says its just contact dermatitis. How can I tell if its just that or sjs?

Get seen: If you have any doubt, stop any medicine you can stop and get seen by another physician. If I'm wrong, the first physician will forgive us. ...Read more

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Contact dermatitis-rash same for several days. When will it start healing? Rash is there for 5 days, still same red itchy swollen. When will it go away

Contact dermatitis-rash same for several days. When will it start healing? Rash is there for 5 days, still same red itchy swollen. When will it go away

1-2 Weeks: Inflammation from a rash can take time to resolve. I would first suggest you remove anything that could be a possible cause of the rash. Once the cause is removed it can take anywhere between a week or two weeks for the inflammatory products to dissipate from your system. Once the inflammatory products are gone then the redness and itchiness should resolve. ...Read more

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Can irritant contact dermatitis cause red butterfly rash on face? Rash does not hurt or itch but feels hot when it is red?

Possible: Malar ("butterfly") rash could be caused by contact dermatitis, for instance due to cosmetic products. However, malar rash, particularly when very sensitive to the sun, can be a feature of lupus or other autoimmune diseases. Usually other symptoms and lab abnormalities would be present, so you should be evaluated for the rash by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help contact dermatitis rash go away or does be Benadryl (diphenhydramine) only help with itching not the swelling?

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help contact dermatitis rash go away or does be Benadryl (diphenhydramine) only help with itching not the swelling?

Contact dermatitis: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and other antihistamines treat reactions that are cause by histamine release, like hives (urticaria). Contact dermatitis is inflammation driven by cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for contact dermatitis will make you sleepy but doesn't reduce itch or inflammation. Contact dermatitis responds to topical and if severe enough, oral steroids. ...Read more

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How to treat contact dermatitis itchy rash that seem to spread although I avoid the cause of irritation? What to put on it except corticosperoid cream?

How to treat contact dermatitis itchy rash that seem to spread although I avoid the cause of irritation? What to put on it except corticosperoid cream?

Stronger cortisone.: Sometimes over-the-counter cortisone is not strong enough to calm down the reaction.
Contact dermatitis would not spread: it just keeps on showing up on the areas being contacted with the offender (s). ...Read more

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Rash on elbow skin in olecranon region. Not sure if contact dermatitis from band aid, or something else.

Rash on elbow skin in olecranon region. Not sure if contact dermatitis from band aid, or something else.

Keep it clean: Moisturize it if dry and chaffed, then apply hydrocortisone 1% OTC twice a day for few days, avoid the band aid, if that doesn't help see your doctor ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ irritant contact dermatitis 5 days ago. Given Floucinonide. Rash still spreading and very painful. Why? Can I take advil (ibuprofen) for pain?

Diagnosed w/ irritant contact dermatitis 5 days ago. Given Floucinonide. Rash still spreading and very painful. Why? Can I take advil (ibuprofen) for pain?

See dermatologist: Whenever a rash is spreading and becoming very painful (unless deeply scratched), it is an alarming sign and you need to see a dermatologist ASAP. If the rash is confined to only one vertical half of the body, then I would suspect shingles. If it is widespread, it needs be examined and treated ASAP. ...Read more

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I have this reoccuring pimply irritating red rash on my side of anus inside cheek. Er hospital said it was contact dermatitis?? . idk

I have this reoccuring pimply irritating red rash on my side of anus inside cheek. Er hospital said it was contact dermatitis?? . idk

Follow up...: You don't mention what they prescribed. It is also common to get fungal infections in that area which could also be a possibility. You may try anti fungal creams (like Lotrimin) and see how it responds if you have not done better with what was prescribed by the ED provider. If worse or not better make sure you see your doctor for further recommendations and referral to a specialists as needed. ...Read more

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My 14 month old has a rash and I think it is contact dermatitis. He has allergies and asthma. My question is can he still go to daycare?

My 14 month old has a rash and I think it is contact dermatitis. He has allergies and asthma. My question is can he still go to daycare?

If contact rash, yes: Contact allergic-type rashes are not contagious to other children. Though your child's rash may be itchy or bothersome to him/her, it will not spread. If your child is comfortable and there are no signs of a secondary bacterial infection (pus/ yellow-green drainage from any of the spots), it should be fine to return to daycare. ...Read more

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Still hoping this rash is contact dermatitis. It has faded a bit but is still there. Could differin (adapalene) cream cause perioral dermatitis? Hopefully not!

Still hoping this rash is contact dermatitis. It has faded a bit but is still there. Could differin (adapalene) cream cause perioral dermatitis? Hopefully not!

Hard to say: Since differin (adapalene) can irritate the skin, the only way to tell is to stop it for a few weeks and see what happens. If the rash does not itch, it is not an allergic contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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Reoccurring, bright red rash on face and under both arms. Occurring for over a year. Contact dermatitis has been ruled out. What could this be?

Reoccurring, bright red rash on face and under both arms. Occurring for over a year. Contact dermatitis has been ruled out. What could this be?

Agree with Dr Chiu: I would also recommend seeing a specialist (dermatologist). This rash needs to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed vanco. 1% cream for rash - cost prohibitive. Will anything else substitute? Have had for about 4 days, beginning on lower legs. Itchy, and appears as contact dermatitis, but cannot support with anything new or different that may have trigge

See your physician: You don't describe your rash, and even then I would be hard-pressed to make any meaningful comments without a full history and actual looking at the rash. Ask your physician if it is absolutely necessary to fill the particular prescription or see a dermatologist (skin doctor). ...Read more

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Stopped differin (adapalene) 2 months (used 4 months with no problems).Mth I have a red bumpy slightly itchy rash on one side chin. Discontin. Cleanser that made me react week. Contact dermatitis or differin (adapalene) cause?

Stopped differin (adapalene) 2 months (used 4 months with no problems).Mth I have a red bumpy slightly itchy rash on one side chin. Discontin. Cleanser that made me react week. Contact dermatitis or differin (adapalene) cause?

Not Differin (adapalene): If it happened after you stopped the differin (adapalene) then I would not think it the cause. Contact dermatitis sis possible as is folliculitis and some other conditions. Seeing a dermatologist will help clarify what is actually the diagnosis and which treatment would be best. ...Read more

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Red, very itchy rash on forearms. Have photos. Diag as contact dermatitis but could it be scabies? Don't see burrows or tracks

Red, very itchy rash on forearms. Have photos. Diag as contact dermatitis but could it be scabies? Don't see burrows or tracks

Try: A virtual consult. Since the forum is for general questions, your question is more appropriate for one-on-one encounter; in which case photos can be shared. There are several common causes for itchy rash like this and answering a few questions will certainly help to clarify what is likely. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dermatitis (Definition)

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