Contact Dermatitis is a common skin condition and is the most common form of dermatitis (otherwise described as inflamed skin). The condition may appear differently in patients and the skin reactions may range from dry and chapped to red, scaly, itchy skin to swollen, blistered and burning skin. While the rash isn’t contagious or life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable and it is important to seek medical care to properly determine the cause and best treatment options.
Understanding Contact Dermatitis
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD): This form accounts for approximately 70% of contact dermatitis cases and is caused by a chemical agent that is producing cell damage. It may occur after any amount of time and exposure. Common culprits include over-soaping, cleaning products and contact with detergents.
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD): This form accounts for 30% of cases and is a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction. An allergen typically induces a skin reaction in 24-72 hours after exposure. Common allergens include: nickel in cheap jewelry and belt buckles, fragrance and perfumes, ointments, hair dye, cosmetics and rubber products.
Our providers will conduct a thorough health history and evaluation to determine your best treatment options. We may also conduct contact testing to determine the cause of your contact dermatitis.
Once a cause is determined, we will work with you to evaluate treatment options which may include:
- Avoidance of an irritant or allergen
- Corticosteroids to calm inflammation
- Moisturizers to enhance barrier function
When it comes to managing your skin’s health, it is important to choose an experienced and knowledgeable specialist. To find out more about treatment options, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists by calling our office at 313-884-5100