Dermatitis, contact

  • Inflammation of the skin most often affecting the hands
  • Symptoms may include a skin rash that may be red and itchy with multiple swollen and raised areas
  • Caused by exposure of the skin to an allergen or irritant such as soap, jewelry, weeds or poison ivy
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe depending on the substance involved and the amount of sensitivity
  • May be life threatening

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Wash with soap and cool water immediately after contact
  • Apply cool, moist compresses to blisters for 30 minutes, 3 times a day
  • Take cool baths with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal
  • Wear smooth textured cotton clothes
  • Avoid scratching

 

MEDICATIONS

  • Antihistamine lotions
  • Hydrocortisone creams

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid contact with irritants, such as plants, chemicals, cleaning solvents, and other toxic substances
  • Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves, long pants, gloves
  • Use soaps without dyes or perfumes
  • Once an allergy has developed, it remains for life

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF:

  • Rash does not improve or continues to spread after a couple of days
  • Itching is severe and distracting
  • Rash is painful
  • You have a rash often and are not sure what it is
  • You suspect an infection

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