Contact dermatitis is a skin rash that forms when an irritant comes in contact with the skin or an allergen causes a reaction on the skin.
The allergic response that’s triggered can cause redness and swelling, blistering, itching and temporary skin thickness. Contact dermatitis can happen to anyone, but certain professions and pastimes bring a higher risk of developing the condition, including:
Contact dermatitis is usually not very serious, but it can get infected with vigorous scratching or long-term inflammation.
Symptoms of contact dermatitis can appear within minutes or as much as 48 hours after contact with an irritant or exposure to an allergen.
Symptoms of a complication include:
The cause of contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to an irritant or allergen that’s found in the environment. Common causes of contact dermatitis include:
The best way to treat contact dermatitis is to avoid the substance causing the reaction and avoid scratching the affected area.
Home treatment for contact dermatitis includes thoroughly washing the affected area as soon as possible after the exposure. Wash any clothing or other items that touched the irritant to avoid re-exposure. You can treat symptoms with cold compresses.
Our team may also recommend: