Everything You Need to Know About Contact Dermatitis

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Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that can stem from an allergic reaction. Although contact dermatitis is usually not a medically serious condition, it can cause significant discomfort. Listed below are some important facts about contact dermatitis. If you’ve noticed any unusual skin symptoms, schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor promptly.

Types of Contact Dermatitis
Your allergy doctor may diagnose you with one of two types of contact dermatitis. The first is irritant contact dermatitis, which occurs when your skin is exposed to an irritating substance. Although your skin is sensitive to the particular substance, this type of contact dermatitis isn’t an allergy. On the other hand, allergic contact dermatitis is characterized by an immune system response in the skin that occurs after contact with an allergen.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis
The symptoms of both types of contact dermatitis are essentially the same. You might notice mild to severe redness, swelling, itching, and peeling skin. You might also notice that the affected area of skin is warm to the touch and that it is covered by blisters, which may discharge fluid.

Causes of Contact Dermatitis
There are a wide range of irritants and allergens that may trigger your symptoms. Your allergy doctor will help you determine what your triggers are. They may include perfumes, deodorant, fragrances, dyes, soaps, and cosmetics. Medications, latex, poison ivy, and nickel have also been known to cause contact dermatitis symptoms.

Treatments for Contact Dermatitis
Your allergy doctor may recommend taking an antihistamine and using a cortisone cream to alleviate your symptoms. He or she may also discuss some home care tips, such as soaking a washcloth in cool water mixed with baking soda and placing it over your rash.

If you suffer from contact dermatitis, the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists can help. We pride ourselves on improving the quality of life for every patient at our state-of-the-art facilities. Residents of the King of Prussia area are encouraged to call 1-800-86COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.