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An inflammatory skin condition caused by direct contact between the skin and either an irritating substance or an allergen.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

The following features are indicative of Contact Dermatitis:
  • itching
  • red rashes
  • swelling
  • burning
  • dry skin
  • bumps
  • blisters

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Common Causes of Contact Dermatitis

The following are the most common causes of Contact Dermatitis:
  • alcohol intake
  • kerosene
  • fertilizers
  • pesticides
  • antibiotic cream

Risk Factors for Contact Dermatitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Contact Dermatitis:
  • auto mechanics
  • metalworkers
  • construction workers
  • hairdressers
  • cosmetologists
  • nail polishes
  • hair dyes

Prevention of Contact Dermatitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Contact Dermatitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wash skin properly
  • avoid irritants
  • wear protective clothes
  • apply a barrier cream
  • use moisturizer

Occurrence of Contact Dermatitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Contact Dermatitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Contact Dermatitis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Contact Dermatitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Contact Dermatitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Contact Dermatitis:
  • Patch test: To identify the responsible agent causing the disease

Doctor for Diagnosis of Contact Dermatitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Contact Dermatitis:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Contact Dermatitis if untreated

Yes, Contact Dermatitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Contact Dermatitis is left untreated:
  • bacterial skin infections

Self-care for Contact Dermatitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Contact Dermatitis:
  • Apply an anti-itch cream to the affected area: To relieve itching
  • Avoid scratching: To avoid further irritation
  • Avoid the irritant: Protects from skin dermatitis
  • Wash the affected area with a lot of water: To get rid of irritants
  • Use moisturizer: To keep the skin moist and to protect the skin from becoming inflamed again

Time for Treatment of Contact Dermatitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Contact Dermatitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Contact Dermatitis.

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