Contact Dermatitis – A Skin Problem You Shouldn’t Ignore
What Is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a common skin problem that occurs when the skin comes into contact with substances or things that cause irritation. Examples of common allergens are: fabric, perfumes or fragrances, soaps, plants, as well as metals, like nickel, silver or gold. Aside from these, contact dermatitis can also develop if a person is allergic to certain kinds of topical creams, such as those that contain neomycin, or it can also be due to exposure to pesticides or pest repellent creams or chemicals. Furthermore, some individuals are very sensitive and they can experience burning sensations, rashes and severe itching because of insect bites or due to exposure to allergens, which could include small particles of dead insects or insect excrement that have gotten mixed with common dust.
Do I Have Contact Dermatitis?
The most common symptoms of contact dermatitis include the following: –The area that directly touched something feels itchy, warm, and sometimes sore to the touch. —Rashes usually form, and these could develop into oozing blisters. –Blisters that have dried could become scaly, crusty or thickened.
Because the rashes that occur with contact dermatitis are often mistaken as a result of an allergic reaction, it is very important to first determine what type of rashes you have. If these are because of an allergic response, the rashes or hives will be widespread. Meaning that you won’t only have rashes on the spot where your skin touched the irritant. You’ll also have these in areas that are far from the affected area, and sometimes your entire body could be affected too.
How Is Contact Dermatitis Treated?
The first thing that you have to do is to avoid touching the item or product that you believe caused your skin to become irritated. Then, wash with a mild soap and running water. Apply a cold compress in case blisters form. If the rashes are only found in a small area, apply hydrocortisone cream for relief. However, go for a check up if the rashes affect a larger area, if these are very itchy, or if the blisters begin to ooze. Avoid slathering on antihistamine creams as these could aggravate the problem. Wait for what your doctor will prescribe. To treat contact dermatitis, dermatologists often give steroids, antihistamines, as well as ointments.
Don’t ignore this skin problem because it could worsen. An uncomplicated rash can turn into neurodermatitis, wherein you’ll experience chronic itching and skin scaling. If disregarded, contact dermatitis could lead to more severe bacterial or fungal kin infections too.
- Saving Face: Dermatologists Helping Patients Identify Source of Facial Allergic Contact Dermatitis (aad.org)
- Could my face cream cause dermatitis? (guardian.co.uk)
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis, The ‘Gluten Rash’ (glutenfabulous.org)
- Newer preservative may be to blame for outbreak of skin rashes (kvue.com)