Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis or skin rash involves an inflammation of the skin caused by contact with a foreign substance. Common triggers of contact dermatitis include poison ivy, certain foods, cleaning products, detergents, cosmetics and latex rubber. When a patient comes in contact with one of these triggers, he/she may experience a red rash, blistering, itchiness, dryness and more.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

Our dermatologists can distinguish your contact dermatitis symptoms. The symptoms of contact dermatitis include a skin rash that results in red, dry, scaly or blistered patches on your skin. Contact dermatitis is typically found at the site of direct contact with your allergic substance or irritant. For example, many patients have a jewelry allergy resulting in contact dermatitis from nickel. Their eczema skin sites are found on areas of the body that they have direct contact with nickel, such as the earlobes (from earrings), the wrist (from a watch band), or abdomen (from a jean’s stud). Let our expert dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology Care give you the thorough examination or allergy testing you need to appropriately treat your contact dermatitis symptoms.

Most cases of contact dermatitis do not require treatment and will go away on their own within a few weeks. Patients can help relieve symptoms by avoiding the trigger, washing the affected area and applying hydrocortisone cream or taking oral antihistamines.

Do you have any questions about Contact Dermatitis? If you would like to schedule an appointment with our dermatologists in our Los Alamitos or Agoura Hills office, please contact us for a consultation.