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What sort of disease is contact dermatitis?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Luis Matos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Luis Matos
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
many other substances can cause contact dermatitis: plants, rubber, latex, nickel, leather tanning agents, components of perfumes/skin preparations
Dr. Martin Raff
Contact dermatitis with poison ivy, sumak, or oak can have fatal potential if these are gathered up, burned and the smoke containing the allergen inhaled. The allergic reaction then occurs throughout areas of the respiratory tree which are reached by the oils of these plants.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Allergy
A person can be allergic to may items in the enviornment, e.
g., nickel in jewellary, chemicals in household items. Once a person is sensitized, exposure to the item causes inflammatio in the skin leading to itching, thickened skin, ulceration and oozing, i.e., eczema.

In brief: Allergy
A person can be allergic to may items in the enviornment, e.
g., nickel in jewellary, chemicals in household items. Once a person is sensitized, exposure to the item causes inflammatio in the skin leading to itching, thickened skin, ulceration and oozing, i.e., eczema.
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