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Is Contact Dermatitis Contagious
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid irritant: Identify the offending substances and avoid them. You may need the help of an allergist or dermatologist to determine what is contributing to the rash if it doesn't get better when you are avoiding what you think is causing the rash. Avoid overuse of over the counter creams as you can develop a secondary reaction to them and worsen rash ...Read more
Possibly: If you are exposed to an allergen that is causing a reaction in the skin (eg. Nickel in earrrings), removal of the offending allergen will prevent the rash from recurring. Topical hydrocortizone or other steroids are effective for treating the dermatitis. However, if you continue to expose your skin to a known allergy trigger, the rash will become "chronic" (i.e. Failure to stop wearing nickel). ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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