The most common symptom of Contact Dermatitis is itchy skin and this can be intense for some people. The affected skin can become sore and painful cracks can develop over the back of the fingers if the dermatitis is found on the hands.
Dermatitis means an inflammation of the skin. The term ‘contact dermatitis’ is used when this inflammation is caused by contact with something in the environment
How is Contact Dermatitis diagnosed?
If you are suffering with irritant Contact Dermatitis the diagnosis is done simply by knowing which substances are causing the irritation and how often this occurs.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis is diagnosed by patch testing. This will mean that sticky patches containing different substances will be placed on your back and removed 2 days later. The doctor or patch test nurse will then look to see which substances have caused a reaction. They will then look again after a period of 48 hours to see if there are any further reactions.
What does Contact Dermatitis look like?
When a person suffering with Contact Dermatitis has a flare up the skin’s surface will appear red and scaly, on occasion there may be tiny water blisters that develop and will leak fluid if scratched. When the condition is less active, the skin will appear to be dry and thick with painful cracks appearing. The most likely place for Contact Dermatitis to appear are the arms, hands, face and neck.
Is there a cure for Contact Dermatitis?
If you have Contact Dermatitis which is caused by irritants or allergens then avoiding or reducing your contact with these products will lead to a big improvement.
Your GP or dermatologist could prescribe medication to assist in the treatment in the flare up of your dermatitis and this could be via steroid creams and moisturisers with steroid tablets or oral antibiotics being used in severe cases.
The above information has been sourced from http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/
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