Contact Dermatitis

Below you will find more information about Contact Dermatitis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Contact Dermatitis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Contact Dermatitis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Contact Dermatitis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Contact dermatitis is a skin condition showing a red, itchy rash resulting from direct contact with certain substances such as cosmetics, soap, jewelry, or weeds including poison ivy or poison oak.

Diagnosis

The doctor asks about the symptoms and examines the skin. If the cause is not clear, the doctor recommends a patch test during which small quantities of potential stimuli are placed on the skin to see a reaction. The doctor confirms his diagnosis after the tested skin develops a raised bump.

Treatment

The condition is treated by identifying its cause and avoiding it. Wet compresses and anti-itch creams also help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

Symptoms and Signs

When the skin is exposed to an offending substance, it may react resulting in a red rash or bumps, mild or severe itching, or dry, red patches. Severe cases may result in blisters and draining fluid from the exposed skin. The skin rash usually appears in the exposed area.

Causes

Contact dermatitis results when the skin comes in contact with irritants or allergens such as strong detergents or soaps, skin cleaning products, cosmetics or makeup, deodorant, clothing or shoes, household cleaning products, formaldehyde and other chemicals, rubber or latex, metals, jewelry, and perfume or fragrances. Weeds and plants, such as poison ivy or poison oak as well as medicinal lotions, such as antihistamines, antibiotics or antiseptics may also cause contact dermatitis.

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