What is contact dermatitis? It is a common skin ailment which happens due to inflammation. This inflammation occurs when some foreign substances irritate the skin or the skin itself develops an allergy to certain substances.
This red itchy rash is very uncomfortable and can cause a lot of discomfort, therefore treatment for contact dermatitis is very important
What causes contact
There are a variety of irritants and allergens which can trigger this ailment. They may include metals, fragrances, cosmetic additives or certain plants causing dermatitis include: poison ivy or poison oak.
It may sound odd, but certain soaps also fall under this
category. We have to identify firstly the offending agent. If one
can pin point what is causing the reaction, the troublesome period
may only last for 2 to 4 weeks.
Self-care measures, such as wet compresses and anti-itch creams, can help soothe your skin and reduce inflammation.
Eyelid Contact dermatitis is extremely
common, especially because the thin skin of the eyelids is prone to
developing a rash. Aside from the obvious locally applied cosmetics that
can cause contact dermatitis of the eyelids, nail polishes are a
frequent cause, if you frequently touch your eyes.
It is usually difficult to differentiate between irritant dermatitis and allergic dermatitis ( types of contact dermatitis ). For both a full history and examination is necessary.
Symptoms of contact
dermatitis are usually manifested in a red rash.
In an irritant contact reaction it appears immediately while in Allergic dermatitis it appears after one or two days of exposure.
The skin may develop vesicles – small fluid filled structures that can ooze a little bit. The skin will have a burning and itchy sensation.
Irritant contact dermatitis can be more painful than itchy. Irritant contact dermatitis can effect the hands which have been in contact with substances which are irritants like dipping into a container, sink, pail or tub etc.
Contact dermatitis remedies
- First of all you must avoid touching harsh chemical substances.
- Washing the area with soap and cool water can help to remove most of the irritating substances.
- Cold compresses with a wet towel help to soothe blisters and can be done two to five times a day. This should be followed by air drying.
- Abstain from applying antihistamine lotions, they may further the allergic reaction.
If however the following conditions prevail and there is a case of severe contact dermatitis, it is better to seek medical help, try visiting your local contact dermatitis clinic if:
- The condition causes that much discomfort that you cannot sleep or go about daily
routines as normal.
- Home care has not yielded any results after two weeks.
- It looks infectedBy Poonam Bindra
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