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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is contact dermatitis?

Rashes that occur due to direct contact with a substance, or an allergic reaction to it. Examples include reactions to jewelry or watches, or to plants like poison ivy.

Symptoms of contact dermatitis

  • Skin abnormality

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Red, bumpy rashes after contact with rubber gloves or diapers

  • Redness or bumps on the skin, that occur or worsen with cosmetics

Questions your doctor may ask to check for contact dermatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose contact dermatitis

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Does your skin get really itchy at night?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have rash where you contacted with latex gloves or diapers?

Treatment for contact dermatitis

The first step is identifying and avoiding the case e.g. jewelry, shampoo. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents and wear gloves if necessary. Moisturisers and steroid creams can help with healing.

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